Earth Facts

Paper

Only 20% of paper bags are recycled.
Paper bag manufacturing is energy intensive (2511 BTU per pound).
One ton of paper bags = Up to 17 trees = 100 sq. ft of space in a landfill.
Energy needed to produce a ton of paper bag: 5534 million BTU
In the year 2003, 7 billion paper bags were used in America (EPA estimates).

Plastics

Takes 1000 years to decompose.
4 out of 5 bags used in stores are plastic.
1 percent of plastic bags are recycled.
It takes 11 barrels of oil to produce one ton of plastic bags.
In NYC alone, one less plastic/paper bag per person per year will save $250,000 in disposal costs and reduce waste by 5 million pounds.

Carbon

Black carbon, a form of particulate air pollution most often produced from biomass burning, cooking with solid fuels and diesel exhaust, has a warming effect in the atmosphere three to four times greater than prevailing estimates.

Carbon Dioxide

Transportation, specifically the combustion of fossil fuels in our vehicles, is the single largest source of human-made greenhouse gases.
The more fuel the vehicle burns the more greenhouse gases it emits.
Most vehicles produce several times their weight in greenhouse gases each year. Not only does most of the fuel you put in the tank become greenhouse gas emissions, but the carbon in the fuel combines with oxygen in the air, almost tripling the weight of the fuel itself.
The three major greenhouse gases emitted by motor vehicles are carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane.