International Plastic Bag Free Day 2024: Date, History, Significance & Activity – The Quint

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The history of the plastic bag dates back to the early 1930s, when a chemical plant in Northwich, England, accidentally created polyethylene, the most commonly used plastic. The material was first used to create secret military gloves for use during World War II. In the 1960s, the Swedish company Celloplast patented the one-piece polyethylene shopping bag, which quickly replaced cloth and plastic in Europe.

After the successful marketing of plastic bags as a superior to paper and reusable bags, their use spread rapidly throughout the world. This led to the discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997, which was the largest of several gyres in the world’s oceans. The immense amounts of plastic waste that have accumulated in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch threaten marine life, including sea turtles, whales, dolphins, and many others.

Today, International Plastic Bag Free Day is celebrated by nearly 1,500 organizations as part of the Break Free from Plastic Movement. The movement is committed to finding solutions to the plastic pollution crisis and making the planet safer for humans, the environment, and wildlife.

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