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Posted on: June 7, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Green Tip of the Week #15:

The average life of a plastic bag is 20 minutes and plastic bag litter has reached mammoth proportions. Plastic bags are made from polyethylene, a petroleum product, which may take as long as 500 years to degrade. In addition, as they decompose, they contaminate soil and waterways. The bags also catch on power lines, clog storm drains, and kill wildlife that may ingest or get entangled in them.

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