Facts About Plastic Bags for Kids

Updated May 10, 2017

Producing plastic bags, which include grocery bags, trash bags and baggies for food, requires less energy and creates less pollution in its production than paper bags. Knowing and understanding basic information about plastic bags can help you make an educated decision on using them in your home.


A plastic bag typically weighs about four to five grams. However, it can hold up to 7.71 Kilogram, which is more than 2,000 times its weight, according to the Plastic Bag Facts site.


Though they're common in other counties, 80 per cent of worldwide use of plastic bags can be attributed to North America and Western Europe. In addition to using them for groceries, 65 per cent of Americans use plastic bags for cleaning up after pets, for trash bags and for carrying lunches. However, only .6 per cent of plastic bags are recycled in America each year.

Animal Dangers

Plastic bags pose a variety of threats to animals. Often, animals accidentally consume plastic bags, which causes clogging in the intestines and eventual death, according to the Envirosax web site. The toxins from plastic bags can cause a chain-reaction, if animals who have eaten a plastic bag are eaten by other animals. This is because plastic bags photodegrade, which means that when they break down, they absorb toxins. Plastic bags can also pose issues of entrapment, as birds, fish and other animals get tangled in the plastic and cannot escape.

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Sarah Thompson has been a writer since 2006. She has contributed to Ohio-based publications such as "CityScene" and "Dublin Life" magazines, as well as Columbus' top alternative weekly, "The Other Paper." Thompson has also written for several online outlets, including Smashing Magazine and Web Designer Depot. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, sexuality studies and visual communication design from Ohio State University.