Plastic Bag Facts
- Australians use 6.9 billion plastic bags every year
- 3% (180 million) are being recycled annually
- 96.3% (6.65 billion) bags are sent to landfill annually
- 230,000 bags are dumped in landfill each hour
- 0.7% (50-80 million) bags are littered annually
- Australians are the second highest producers of waste, per person, in the world, each sending almost 690kgs of waste to landfill each year
- Plastic kills up to 1 million seabirds,100 000 sea mammals and countless fish each year worldwide. When the animal dies and decays the plastic is free again to repeat the deadly cycle. (Source: Clean Up Australia)
Ecosilk Bags can be fully recycled at the end of their usable life of 5+ years. Recycling will be done at a plastics recycling plant in Victoria, Australia, called Martogg & Co (Life Cycle Management). There the bags will be recycled into building materials, which can be recycled again when they wear out. The cycle goes on infinitely.
While this is not ideal, as it would be preferable that the bags are recycled into fabric for more bags, it at least closes the loop, using the latest recycling technology and available facilities in Australia. Emily Hay, director and creator of Ecosilk Bags, is in regular communication with CSIRO, to keep updated with the latest developments in fabric recycling and possible bioreplacements. Emily Hay is committed to the best environmental and ethical practices possible in providing viable alternatives to plastic bags for the global community.
To recycle your bags, please post in as small a package as possible ie. Envelope (1 bag), wrapped in paper (2 or more bags) to: Ecosilk Bags, PO Box 6306, South Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia.
You will receive a discount of $1.00 per bag off your next order for every bag returned.
This offer is not available in retail outlets as yet, but facilities will be set up in the future.
Some sea-turtles, which normally eat jellyfish, make a fatal mistake when they find dumped plastic bags.