Video of the Day: Romancing the Bag




Some interesting facts about plastic bags’ impacts on oceans and beachs, compiled by

  • Plastic bags are among the top two items of debris found most often in coastal cleanups. (Ocean Conservancy)
  • Plastic bags wrap around living corals, quickly “suffocating” and killing them. (U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
  • Plastic pieces outweigh surface zooplankton in the Central North Pacific by a factor of 6-1. (Algalita Marine Research Foundation)
  • Plastic pieces can attract and hold hydrophobic elements like PCB and DDT up to one-million times background levels. As a result, floating plastic is like a poison pill. (Algalita Marine Research Foundation)
  • Approximately 500 nautical miles off the California coast sits a growing “plastic island,” a gargantuan patch of floating plastic trash held together by currents stretching across the northern Pacific almost as far as Japan. This “plastic island” is made up of about 7 billion pounds of plastic garbage, and measures about twice the size of Texas.
  • Each year, enough trash – most of it plastics – floats down the Los Angeles River to fill the Rose Bowl two stories deep. (Los Angeles Times, “Altered Oceans”)
  • Of 500,000 albatross chicks born each year on Midway Atoll, about 200,000 die of starvation. Adult albatrosses mistake plastic trash for food and end up feeding it to their chicks. (L.A. Times)
  • On a single day in 2007, nearly 400,000 volunteers around the world picked up more than 6 million pounds of trash. A majority of the items were single-use disposable plastic items, such as plastic bags and Styrofoam containers. (Ocean Conservancy International)
  • Since water keeps the plastic cool and algae blocks ultraviolet rays, “every little piece of plastic manufactured in the past 50 years that made it into the ocean is still out there somewhere.” (Research Triangle Institute)


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2 Replies to “Video of the Day: Romancing the Bag”


    Being a dominant species, we are destroying almost each and every species around the world. Our initial requirements was to fulfill our bellies by eating them. Now we are killing them for no reason. This has created an imbalance, and at the end of the day we shall never be able to have a food source. This is leading towards the disaster…. We should stop using plastic bags. Why not to use clothing bags or paper bags at maximum. Why is it so necessary to use plastic bags?

    But I just want to convey a message that please come up with a good solution for finding an alternative for plastic bags. It should be revolutionary, only that can save us from plastic bags. Else this is going to last forever… Trust me :)…


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