Do you know how many plastic bags do we use around the US?
In the United States, according to the EPA, we use over 380 billion plastic bags and wraps yearly, requiring 12 million barrels of oil to create.
–Confronting Plastic Pollution One Bag at a Time, Marcia Anderson, EPA
That’s a lot!
The reason why I think we should end plastic bag’s use is because they represent a huge environmental problem. Let me break it down for you:
Plastic Bags Are Not Biodegradable.
Not entirely true but they kind of are biodegradable, it just takes TOO LONG!
When a product is biodegradable is because is capable of decaying over time thanks to living organisms like bacteria. So what this microorganisms do is that they alter the structure of the chemicals, they break down these chemicals. Plastic bags are made of polyethylene, which is made from petroleum, and these microorganisms are not really attracted to this material. Plastic bags CAN break down into little plastic pieces under UV radiation but scientists are still not sure if these little pieces are ever going to decompose completely. It could take from 10 to 100 years for a plastic bag to decompose and that just sounds like forever.
Making Plastic Bags Increases Carbon Dioxide Emissions.
As I said before, plastic bags are made of petroleum or natural gas meaning they are made from fossil fuels. On top of that, there is more need of fossil fuels to create energy to produce these plastic bags. Now, FYI Petroleum is one of the main creators of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. So, the more we use, the more carbon dioxide we emit to the atmosphere contributing to one of the main environmental issues: global warming.
If you want to learn more about why this is a problem go to the greenhouse effect.
Plastic Bags Make Too Much Trash.
Plastic bags are so easy to make and they are so cheap that they are used everywhere irresponsibly. Cashiers and customers sometimes place only like 3 small items per bag. People end up with infinitely plastic bags at their homes. People re-use them but they end up trashing them and very few actually recycle them.
You Can Still Save The World.
Fortunately, you still on time to do something about it. First off, stop getting plastic bags at the supermarket/stores and opt for reusable bags and if you don’t have many items, just carry them in your hands. Now, if you already have plastic bags at home, you can reuse them as much as you can and then recycle them. It’s not easy because many municipalities do not accept plastic in their recycle bins so you would have to either bring them back to the store or personally take them to a recycling center. And last but not least, if your state has not banned plastic bags use then why don’t you fight for this? Look if there are already petitions out there and help them to get signatures and if there are not petitions already out there around your area, START ONE!
This is a fight worth fighting for.✌️
Plastic Bags are not banned where I live (CT)😭😭😭
Can you please help me by signing these petitions:
Hartford Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban
Plastic Bags are Killing Wildlife and Marine Animals Please Join the Movement in CT, USA!