Why plastic bags are dangerous?
Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They obstruct waterways, spoil the landscape, and finish in landfills where they may take 1,000 years or more to break down into ever smaller particles that continue to pollute the soil and water.
Plastic bags also create a serious danger to birds and marine mammals that often mistake them for food. Thousands die each year after swallowing or choking on discarded plastic bags.
Finally, producing plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum that could be used for transportation or heating.
Consider a Personal Ban on Plastic Bags
Some businesses have stopped offering their customers plastic bags, and many countries are either considering a ban on plastic bags or have already implemented one (like China, Ireland, Australia, Uganda).
Meanwhile, here are a some things you can do to help:
1. Switch to reusable shopping bags. Reusable shopping bags made from renewable materials conserve resourses by replacing plastic bags and paper. Reusable bags are convenient and can be found in different sizes, styles and materials. Some of them are done in biodegradable material, like Juta which is pretty strong. Some of these reusable bags can be folded small enough to fit easily into a pocket when yo are not using them.
2. Recycle your plastic bags. If you anyway end up sometimes using plastic bags, be sure to recycle them.Many grocery stores now collect plastic bags for recycling. If yours doesn’t, check with your community recycling program to learn how to recycle plastic bags in your area.