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Details about the harmful effects of plastic bags?


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2014-11-11 08:36:41
2014-11-11 08:36:41

Plastic bags themselves have no harmful effects - the polymer itself, low density polythene, is perfectly safe, it's stable, non reactive, and non toxic. The problems that are frequently attributed to plastic bags (littering, the fact that they get entangled in trees, the fact that animals sometimes try to eat them and choke on them, the fact that they can end up in the sea and harm marine life) is nothing to do with the fact that they are plastic bags. It is entirely due to the fact that people don't handle them properly!

You can take any substance, or item, however safe it might be, and handle it in a completely irresponsible way, and you will have problems, but that isn't the fault of the substance or item, is it?

Carelessly throw hot coffee over someone and there will be harmful effects. Does that mean we should ban coffee?

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What can plastic bags be recycled into?

plastic bags are made of plastic and paper bags are made of paper :) hope i helped.

No, plastic. Hence the name "plastic" bags.

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