Plastic bags are used for an avg. of 12 minutes, but a single bag has a life expectancy of up to 1000 years.
We produced more plastic in the last 10 years than we did in the whole last century on Earth.
A plastic bottle will last 450 years if left on a beach.
Australians used 4 billion plastic bags last year.
Over 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million seabirds die every year from ingestion or entanglement in plastic litter.
Worldwide, as many as one trillion plastic bags are used each year - or more than one million bags every minute. All these bags equate to around 100 million barrels of oil.
Plastic has remained the most common category of rubbish picked on up on Clean Up Australia Day over the last 20 years.
The single most littered item worldwide is cigarette butts.
8.7 plastic checkout bags contain enough embodied petrolium energy to drive a car 1 kilometre.