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Why are plastic bags so bad for the environment?
- Plastic bags are bad for the environment because with all the growing plastic bags (which are not biodegradable) blowing around, anything can ingest it.
- Animals and everything. also the materials to make plastic bags contribute to the global emissions.
- Plastic degradation at sea takes between 45-1000 years.
- Usually though, plastic bags don't biodegrade. They photo-degrade. Which means they break up into smaller pieces of plastic until eventually becoming plastics dusts.
- Plastic which ends up in the sea (through garbage dumps at seaside, river flow etc) winds up becoming food for marine life that mistake it for food especially of the jellyfish variety.
- Plastics bags have been found in the stomachs of endangered animals including the leatherback turtles, harbour porpoises and black footed albatross. Ingestion (swallowing) of plastic bags can result in blockages, internal infections, starvation and death.
- These occur in deserts as well (garbage dumpsites in deserts) where camels and other desert wildlife have been found dead with plastic ingestion.
- If animals don't die from plastic ingestion, they pollute the food chain instead. After all, we are the ones eating fish and meat.
- Moreover, it takes about 430,000 gallons of oil to produce 100 million non-degradable plastic bags. And we use 4 trillion to 5 trillion plastic bags worldwide annually. That's using up oil sources without recycling them.
- Recycling cost of plastic bags: it takes 250 bags to make 1 kilo of plastic - making recycling economically unviable. Furthermore, plastic is made of recycled materials, making them difficult to be further recycled. Burning plastic results in air pollution and toxic ash.
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It puts out a lot of bad emissions that pollute.
Plastic bags are bad for the environment for many reasons, which include: * they are not biodegradable, Instead, they break up into smaller pieces of plastic until eventuall…y becoming plastics dusts. * people may lose them causing them to blow around (litter) * they are dangerous to small children * animals that ingest them may become sick and / or die * making them contribute to the global emissions. * can end up at sea through garbage dumps at seaside * they are RECYCLABLE but people need to take them and reuse them or donate them to thrift stores to be reused versus throwing them away * it takes oil to produce them and it takes more oil to recycle them than it does to produce * Burning plastic results in air pollution and toxic ash.
It hurts the environment when its burned the harmeful chemincals go into the air and polute it. Plastic Bags effect the environment in a BIG way! They kill native wildlife li…ke turtles for they think there jellyfish. The also clog up our drains and pollute our oceans and other water supplies.
plastic bags are non biodegradable, if dumped in the soil they will reduce the soil fertility in many bad terms , animals like cows, goats choke and dye after swallowing them …if burnt they release harmful gases like co,co2 they block the drainage lines therefore they will adversely affect our natural habitat and are considered as a nuisance and are harmful to the environment :-)
Plastic bags are bad for the environment for many reasons, which include: * they are not biodegradable, Instead, they break up into smaller pieces of plastic until eventuall…y becoming plastics dusts. * people may lose them causing them to blow around (litter) * they are dangerous to small children * animals that ingest them may become sick and / or die * making them contribute to the global emissions. * can end up at sea through garbage dumps at seaside * Plastic degradation at sea takes between 45-1000 years. * they are RECYCLABLE but people need to take them and reuse them or donate them to thrift stores to be reused versus throwing them away * it takes oil to produce them and it takes more oil to recycle them than it does to produce * Burning plastic results in air pollution and toxic ash.
the impact is that the plastic bags go to the landfill which makes the environment dirty and smelly and that if the plastic bags get burned it will pollute the air. If the pl…astic bags got burnt it makes air pollution.. It hurts the environment when its burned the harmeful chemincals go into the air and polute it. Plastic Bags effect the environment in a BIG way! They kill native wildlife like turtles for they think there jellyfish. The also clog up our drains and pollute our oceans and other water supplies.
It takes over one thousand years for plastic to break down, this is one of the reasons that they are bad for the enviroment. There are also a health hazard to animals because… they sometimes swallow them or get tangled in it.
Because they are difficult to dispose of, as they last for many years..
Plastic bags can be bad for the environment for many reasons, which include: * they are not biodegradable, Instead, they break up into smaller pieces of plastic until eventu…ally becoming plastics dusts. * people may lose them causing them to blow around (litter) * they are dangerous to small children * animals that ingest them may become sick and / or die * making them contribute to the global emissions. * can end up at sea through garbage dumps at seaside * Plastic degradation at sea takes between 45-1000 years. * they are RECYCLABLE but people need to take them and reuse them or donate them to thrift stores to be reused versus throwing them away * it takes oil to produce them and it takes more oil to recycle them than it does to produce * Burning plastic results in air pollution and toxic ash.
Pollution and careless or uncivilized citizens alongwith negligent attitude of government administrations and lenient laws on cleanliness...
Plastic bags are widely used for carrying purchases for they are lightweight, strong, cheap, functional, and also hygienic. But, do you know that they are very harmful for env…ironment? These bags have great contribution to causing pollution and killing wildlife. In addition, they are responsible for using up the natural resources of the earth. In the USA, plastic bags which are used each year reach about a hundred billion. It means that the non-biodegradable rubbish is a hundred billion as well. Along with some other waste which is non-biodegradable, can you imagine how many waste produced each year? It is only a little fact in the US. What about in another populous country such as China and India? There will be a lot of waste produced without being biodegradable. All those waste above can contribute to some effects on the environment. You can see some of the effects in the following account. Plastic bags are one of the main factors which litter the landscape. From year to year, these bags have been widely used and ended up to littering the environment such as parks, streets, waterways, beaches, and some other places. In addition, if burned, they will infuse the surrounding air with the toxic fumes. They can also kill the animal. A shocking fact is that they have killed for about 100,000 animals including turtles, whales, dolphins, and also penguins. Those animals are died since they ingest them as their wrong food. The worse news is that the plastic still remains even after the animals' decomposition. Plastic bags become one of the main problems since they are non-biodegradable. Totally, the decomposition for plastic takes around 1,000 years. It means that these bags will remain as rubbish along those years. With all the plastic rubbish produced each day, plastic rubbish problem will never be solved well. Furthermore, plastic bags use up the petroleum. It is the main material which is used for creating the plastic. With large production of plastic bags each day, there are a lot of non-renewable natural source used up. On the other hand, it is one of the main resources which are highly needed for daily energy supply. In other words, plastic bag will also spend the natural resource. Then, why should we spend the important natural resource for producing plastic? It seems like there is no right solution for this problem. However, you can try to minimize the use of plastic bags by using single plastic bag for daily use. Although it is only a very small amount, it will help. Another good solution is to recycle the plastic. It can be recycled into the products for various purposes such as the garbage bins. Commonly, all those plastic products are manufactured through injection molding process using either new or used injection molding machines. With this machine, the manufacturer is able to create a lot of plastic product with some different shapes.
Yes they are. The plastic bags can be swallowed by animals and this could cause them to choke and suffocate. The same things goes for plants as they as well could cover them a…nd stop oxygen and carbon dioxide to enter and thus it will wither out and die.
Plastic bags are nonbiodegradable so they pollute the environment by entering the food chain. The chemicals used in this either mix with the soil or are eaten by animals and a…ccumulate in the food chain so that predators can be killed.
There are a handful of ways plastic is bad for our environment. First of all, most plastic today is made from coal. Due to regulations put in place by President George W. Bush…, coal mining companies no longer have to mine for coal. They simply blow the tops off our mountains. When this happens, deposits of pyrite are exposed to the air, which contain a large amount of sulfur. When it rains, the sulfur becomes sulfuric acid, which dissolves harmful metals and distributes them in our natural water ways. President Bush has also ensured that these companies are no longer vulnerable to legal action for polluting our waters. The process of refining coal, which distributes large amounts of sulfur and other toxins into the air, is regulated by the refinery itself rather than an outside party. This is also the handy-work of George Bush, Jr. Alas, we have our finished product which is mostly toys, plastic bags, and water bottles. In recent months in the US, there have been television commercials warning of the risk of reusing plastic water bottles. The bottles have been proven to release harmful chemicals, especially when heated. Keep in mind that your bottled water is transported around the country in trucks that are not refrigerated. This means that in those hot months, your bottled water may already be toxic. All plastics are capable of becoming toxic, but the softer, flexible plastic used in bottles breaks down easier, releasing lead into your beverage. Interestingly enough, PVC pipes have replaced the lead pipes of yesteryear in order to stop polluting the ground with lead, but over time, they are guilty of causing the same contamination they are supposed to prevent. Now, along with your plastic grocery bags and broken or unwanted toys, you discard your water bottles. It's not really known how long it takes for plastic to degrade, which means it takes a very long time. All in all, it piles up much faster than it goes away and when it goes away, its chemical make-up continues to poison the environment. In one of the deepest parts of the Pacific ocean, a short distance off the coast of California, the water swirls indefinitely, collecting small plastic bits as it churns. Plankton is a broad category of tiny sea life consumed by an enormous amount of fish and birds. One biologist wanted to find out how bits of plastic may effect the animals that feed on plankton. He noticed small fish and birds would waste most of their time collecting plastic bits in their mouth, spitting them out, and trying again. When he collected samples for measurement, he found that for every pound of edible plankton, there were six pounds of plastic. Now that I've spelled out just how detrimental plastic is on our environment, the next question is what can be done. I don't know what we can do to clean up the mess we've already made, but there are alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. As far as bottle water goes, stop buying it. Instead, buy a filter for your faucet at home or one of those water pitchers with a filter. They work great and often taste better than bottled water. Use a glass or stainless steel bottle to drink from. Stainless steel is hard enough not to release deposits into your beverage. However, the real contender for petroleum-based plastic is bio plastic. Bio plastics were discovered in the 1920's and can be made from bacteria, algae, and cellulose from plants. There were, however, two major hurdles: cost-effectiveness and the flexibility of the material. Thankfully, we have found an answer for both in genetic engineering. Also, when using algae, we have discovered an easier way to farm them. Instead of exposing them to sunlight so they can produce the sugar they consume, we can simply feed them sugar. The result is the ability to farm vastly larger amounts at a time. On the other hand, it is not likely that bio plastic will replace petroleum-based plastic any time soon. Unless you've been living under a rock, it is obvious that oil companies run the show around the world. It would be careless to wait until the oil reserve dry up. Instead, we the people need to demand the change. There are a few bio plastic companies today and, as consumers, we should let them know how much we appreciate their effort. Put their products on the top of your shopping list and show other entrepreneurs how lucrative this market can be. Yes, speaking out about it may be of benefit, but ultimately, we should hit them in the pocket book.
animals may attempt to eat them and choke, etc.
Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They clog waterways, spoil the landscape, and end up in landfills where they may take 1,000 years or more to break down into ever smaller p…articles that continue to pollute the soil and water. Plastic bags also pose 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.
Everyday non biodegradable plastic bags are very harmful to the environment on many levels. They do not break down naturally and when burned, they give off highly toxic gases.… It is far better to use bio-degradable bags for the good of the future of our planet