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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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now a days most of the people use plastic bags. But according to me they should be avoided because when they are burned in open area then it makes the problems for living beings on earth. when plastic bags are burn on open surface it produce co2 which effect on ozone layer.

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polution marine life consuming it and dieing

it never fully decomposes it just breaks into smaller pieces

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How does poly bags if disposed pf carelessly cause problems to animals and drainage system?

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