The Marrickville Council reports that over 100,000 whales, turtles and birds die every year as a result of plastic in their environment.
Infants and young children have died as a result of playing with plastic bags.
This will help reduce the number of plastic bags in circulation.
The three types of plastic bags that cause the most damage are dry cleaner bags, garbage bags, and grocery bags.
Double-bagging the goods is a common practice, but this practice uses more bags and creates more trash.
A reusable cloth bag is much more durable and able to withstand repeated use.
When plastic bags aren't properly disposed, they may eventually make their way to bodies of water.
According to the EPA, this often happens when they are washed into storm drains, sewers and streams.
Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission receives about 25 reports of plastic bag-related infant death.
Because of the thin, airtight material, infants can easily block their mouths and nostrils with the plastic bag and suffocate.