That’s the average length of time a single-use plastic bag is used.
Five hundred years or more.
That’s how long it takes that single-use bag to biodegrade. And even that might be overstating it.
And what’s left after any biodegradation?
Plastic particles that exist in the environment indefinitely.
Plastic particles that accumulate up the food chain.
Plastic particles that humans may now be ingesting in seafood.
The plastic in the world’s oceans that may outweigh all the fish by 2050.
Recycling is not going to do any good if single-use plastic continues to be used.
Think about that, and next time you go to a grocery store bring your own re-usable bags.