Although you may only use a plastic bag for about 20 minutes, its lifespan is much longer than that.

In fact, it could sit in a landfill for 1,000 years – that is, if, by then, it hasn’t been picked up by animals, potentially eaten and posing a more significant threat to their health.

The cultural practice of using single-use plastic bags has got to go, and this infographic breaks down exactly why and what can be done about it.

The life cycle of a plastic bag infographic