What are the impacts of plastic bags?

What are the impacts of plastic bags?

Plastic bags have a significant environmental effect since they take many years to degrade. Furthermore, hazardous compounds are released into the soil when plastic bags decompose in sunlight, and when plastic bags are burned, a poisonous material is discharged into the air, generating ambient air pollution. The main additive in plastic bags which causes these problems is phthalate. Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastics soft enough to be comfortable to touch. They also help prevent bacteria growth inside food containers by inhibiting the formation of proteins needed for bacteria to grow.

In addition to this, plastic bags are very inefficient because they require much energy to produce and transport. Therefore, they are not considered as green as they seem at first glance.

Plastic bags use more energy than paper bags because they are not recycled. Recycling plastic bottles uses less energy than making new plastic bottles because it takes energy to make new bottles from scratch. However, recycling paper bags requires even less energy because the paper can be reused instead.

Also, paper bags are biodegradable while most plastic bags do not decompose easily. Therefore, they can pollute our landfills for decades or even centuries before degrading.

Finally, plastic bags can be harmful to animals if they are not disposed of properly. Animals often eat them because they look like fish eggs or worms.

Why should we band plastic bags?

Plastic bags never entirely decompose, which means that as more are created by businesses, more are released into the environment. As a result, the more plastic bags there are, the greater the plastic pollution and its consequences. The prohibition of the use of plastic bags will assist to mitigate this significant impact.

Additionally, plastic bags are also very harmful for the animals. Birds eat them by mistake while looking for food. Animals who find plastic in their habitat may consume it, becoming sick or even dying from eating contaminated food. Humans can also consume plastic if it gets into our food system - either intentionally or unintentionally - same thing happens with metal objects that get into food. Even though this happens rarely, it is still not recommended.

Finally, plastic bags take hundreds or thousands of years to degrade. While some plastic items do break down over time, such as bottles that are dumped in landfills, other plastic items such as plastic bags or plastic containers don't break down and instead release small particles into the water that can be ingested by humans or animals through their food chain. These particles can have negative effects on animal health and behavior as well as human health through ingestion of fish containing high levels of plastic.

So, the first reason to prohibit the use of plastic bags is environmental. Plastic pollution has had a negative effect on both humans and animals, so stopping its production and usage is necessary for healthy ecosystems.

Do plastic bags contribute to climate change?

Plastic bags contribute to eco-system disturbance in a variety of ways, from air quality to ocean toxicity. Plastic bags and climate change cannot be separated in terms of habitat devastation, fossil fuel emissions, and plastic pollution. The single-use nature of plastic bags forces them to become disposable items that end up in landfills or incinerators. This process releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as well as other harmful pollutants.

The main alternative to plastic bags is the paper bag. However, these bags can also have negative effects on the environment. Paper production requires large amounts of water and energy, and therefore has a significant impact on climate change.

In conclusion, plastic bags contribute to climate change by being disposable products that end up in landfill sites or incinerators. The single-use nature of plastic bags forces them to become items that emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as well as other harmful pollutants.

About Article Author

Ryan Sharp

Ryan Sharp is a nature enthusiast, with a passion for wildlife and plants. He has a degree in biological science from college and has been working in environmental consulting for the past 8 years. Ryan spends his free time hiking in the woods, camping under the stars, and exploring national parks.


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