Facts about Green Bags in Australia

  • Estimates put the number of green bags in circulation in Australia in 2008 at 10-15 million;

  • Green bags came about after the Australian federal government in 2003 threatened retailers with a tax on plastic bags, or even a blanket ban, if they did not voluntarily discourage their use;

  • Once recycled, polypropylene can be used for items including car parts, industrial fibres, food containers and dishware;

  • Each bag uses the same manufacturing resources as 11 plastic bags, but is designed to replace hundreds of single-use bags;

  • Some companies say they are making NWPP bags from recycled material, but current manufacturing techniques render this impossible, since all NWPP bags are made from virgin material.

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