Because plastic bags are non-biodegradable they cause harmful effects to the environment. Plastic bag clog drains, which can cause flash floods; it drift into the ocean, which in some cases traps and suffocates animals causing loss of biodiversity, and contaminates water tables; it increases the carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere which contribute to global warming etc. Because lightweight plastic bags are light, they get carried away by the wind and often times land in agricultural fields. Within no time, it blends in with the soil. As the plastic bag photo-degrades, the harmful chemicals seep into the soil making it infertile. Plastic bag also can’t be penetrated by the roots of delicate plants due to it's physical design and this causes the plant to die of lack of nutrition . This also ties in to human health. When the chemicals from plastics seep into our food, it increases our chances of getting cancer. The worst part is, not a lot of persons in our community know about the dangers of Plastic Bags on our environment, our health, and our economy. If this issue continues to go unchecked, it will place a tremendous strain on our economy. Prevention is always better than the cure.
Here are ways you can make a difference in your community to curb to waste of plastic bags
- Make a conscience decision to take a reusable bag with you to the grocery store
- Ask a friend to join you on your plastic bag free journey. The more the merrier!
- Find ways to re-use the plastic bags you may already have stored in your home! Be Creative!