Plastic bag ban in NSW
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The amount of plastic bags flailing around the world is absolutely horrible. These plastic bags when disposed are aerodynamic and lightweight, they're very easily picked up by the wind and can escape trash bins, recycle bins, garbage trucks, and landfills. After they escape those places that's where the real problem begins.
When the plastic bags get carried by the wind they will end up in sorts of places : the sea, trees, and various other places. These plastic bags are a major problem in the sea, they get mistaken for jellyfishes by the turtles which leads them to eating them and getting strangled then causing them to die. But that isn't the only species it affects, when a plastic bag has been left untouched it breaks down into microplastics. These microplastics will get eaten by fishes and if they eat to much microplastics it will lead to death. So this is why we need to incorporate this ban into NSW and the rest of Australia.
I think to start of this ban instead of banning them straight up, we should incorporate a hefty fee in all shops if their customers want to use plastic bags. This should push shoppers to use their renewable shopping bags instead of having to spend money to buy plastic bags, and progressively we can ban plastic bags as a whole.
Interesting Facts about plastic bags
- In 2008, a sperm whale was found beached in California. It died due to the more than 22 kilos of plastic found in its stomach.
- Plastic will only start degrading after 700 years and will only fully degrade in 1000 years. This means that all the plastic that has ever been produced has not degraded yet.
- Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.
In conclusion help me save the animals and the environment. By signing this petition we will be one step closer at attaining our goal at a more healthy environment.
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