In this article we are going to discuss why not to use plastic bags. As plastic bags are a easiest way to carry goods which we purchase in our day day to life, Specially when we go for shopping. They are a part of our modern lives, and we actually don’t think much about them. However, this convenience of plastic shopping bags carries with it a very high cost to the environment which we will have to pay and also by the coming generations.
Because of number of negative impacts from the use of plastic shopping bags, many cities and countries from around the world have already put plastic bag bans in place but in a developing country like India, still it is being used to a great extent. The following are a number of reasons why not to use plastic bags.
Plastic bags are polluting Water and Lands as well
Plastic bags are very lightweight thus, they can travel very long distances by either water or wind. Wind blows these plastic bags and trashes a whole area. These litters gets caught up in between trees, fences and floats in water bodies thus moving to the world’s oceans.
Plastic Bags are made up of non-renewable sources
Generally plastic bags are made of polypropylene, ( It is made from petroleum and natural gas).
Both of these materials are non-renewable fossil fuel-based resources and through their extraction and production, they create greenhouse gases, which contribute to global climate change.
Using these non-renewable resources to make plastic bags is very short-sighted, considering that the typical useful life of each plastic bag is about 12 minutes
A lots of energy is required in producing these bags
When we drive a car for one Kilo metre or 0.5 miles then the fuel consumed is the equivalent energy required to produce nine plastic bags. It is not rational that these non-renewable resources are used to make plastic bags.
Plastic bags never break down
Truly, petroleum based plastic bags never degrade. Instead of the plastic degrading, it is broken down into small pieces which are swept down and end up in the oceans which are then consumed by wildlife. Currently,according to a survey approx 46,000-1,000,000 plastic fragments floating within every square mile of the globes oceans.
Plastic bags are harmful for marine life and wild life
Plastic bags and their pieces are often mistaken for food by animals, birds, and marine life like fish and sea turtles.
The consumed plastic then congests the digestive tracts of these animals, and can lead to health issues such as infections and even death by suffocation.
Animals can also easily become entangled in this plastic
Plastic bags causes many diseases including Cancer.
Plastic fragments in the ocean such as those from plastic bags can absorb pollutants like PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) and PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which are known to be hormone-disrupting chemicals.
When marine organisms consume plastics in our oceans, these chemicals can make their way through the ocean’s food web and then into humans who eat fish and other marine organisms.
Plastic bags have external costs
Several costs are attributed to the production of plastic bags. A prime example is the production and environmental costs.
Our roads and streets are no clean because of plastics.
Our roads and streets are the live proof how plastics are polluting our environment.
Plastic bags are not easy to recycle
Most recycling facilities do not have the capacity to recycle plastic bags and therefore do not accept them.
As a result, only 5% plastics can be recycled.
Plastic bags produces harmful gases when burnt
Plastic bags when burnt produces a lot of harmful gases causes a lot of diseases as discusses above.