Ban on Plastic Bags

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Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences in the oceans making up about 40 percent of the world's ocean surfaces. 80 percent of pollution enters the ocean from the land.

Am Americans now away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year. We Indians are also not far, Every day 15000 tones of garbage generated, in which only 60 % of them got recycled and 40 % of them are uncollected and littered.

Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.

The following are a number of reasons why we should not use plastic bags.

Plastic bags pollute our land and water. Because they are so lightweight, plastic bags can travel long distances by wind and water.

Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources and contribute to climate change. The majority of plastic bags are made of polypropylene, a material that is made from petroleum and natural gas.

Plastic bags are harmful to wildlife and marine life. Plastic bags and their associated plastic pieces are often mistaken for food by animals, birds, and marine life like fish and sea turtles.

Plastic bags are harmful to human health. Plastic fragments in the ocean such as those from plastic bags can absorb pollutants like PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) and PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which are known to be hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Plastic bags are not easy to recycle. As plastic bags tend to get caught in recycling machinery, most recycling facilities do not have the capacity to recycle plastic bags and therefore do not accept them. As a result, the actual recycling rate for plastic bags is about 5%.

Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean's surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.

Therefore, I would like to request all my friends around the world to stop using plastic bags  Please use clothbag, paper bag and jute bag.

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