The disadvantages of plastic bags
Plastic bags can be cheaper and easier to use, but they are harmful to the planet. This article explains some of the problems that this type of bags provokes and what can be done to compensate for their damage.
Plastic bags are not renewable, which means they cannot be easily recycled like paper bags. They are made of petrochemicals, which makes them non-renewable and a risk to the health of the planet. They last for hundreds of years causing damage to natural habitats and killing animals that confuse them with food. The more plastic bags people use, the greater the chance of environmental damage.
If they are not carefully discarded, plastic bags can be devastating to animal life. Because plastic bags do not degrade quickly, they remain in the environment longer, causing more trash in the natural landscape than a more biodegradable material such as paper. There are reports that more than 100,000 whales, turtles and birds die each year as a result of the existence of plastic in their habitat.
Babies and small children die when playing with plastic bags. Each year, the consumer product safety commission receives about 25 reports of child deaths related to plastic bags. Due to their thinness and synthetic material, children can block their mouths and nasal passages easily with bags and suffocate.
Children have no idea of the danger of playing with plastic bags. Avoiding the use of plastic bags as much as possible will reduce the chances of accidental infant death and reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment. The plastic bag is also reusable. It should not be thrown away after a single use necessarily. Try to use each plastic bag as much as possible. This will help reduce the number of plastic bags in circulation.
The three types of plastic bags that cause the most damage are the dry cleaning bags, the waste bags and the supermarket bags. Due to their low weight, plastic bags tend to fly and stay in dangerous places if they are not controlled.
Cloth bags are a smart alternative to plastic. These can be washed and reused, and last up to an average of 10 years. Carrying some cloth bags with you on the market will greatly reduce the number of bags in the environment. Paper bags are not as good for the environment as cloth bags, but they are recyclable. In addition, children cannot suffocate with paper bags. If you are creative, you can make a craft bag from a plastic bag.
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