Ban plastic bag used in Detroit

Ban plastic bag used in Detroit

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Littering is a major problem the environment has been struggling with. In particular, plastics are a significant problem because, after their single use, they are discarded and take about 200 years to decompose.

Some people don’t recognize and understand the effects that plastic pollution can have on the environment now and in the future. Also, plastic is usually only used once and then thrown out, and only eight percent is recycled. The ones who are most affected by plastic pollution are wild marine life because they often mistake plastic bags and bottles for food. However, humans are also affected because when fish consume microplastics in the ocean/river, the plastic is still in their system. When we catch the fish and later consume it, we are also consuming the microplastics as well.

Furthermore, the evidence of the pollution of plastic bags and other recyclable materials are evident all over the city of Detroit. This problem persists because we as humans fail to realize the problem we have created and don’t take the proper action to solve this issue.

However, Aldi and other stores have implemented their own tax on plastic bags and incentivize the use of reusable grocery bags in their stores. It is crucial that we give that push to the City Council to pass this as a law because it can help reduce the usage of plastic bags by thousands. If we fail to act on this, plastic pollution will continue to permeate the land, water, and air, which will soon make it near to impossible to reverse the damage it will cause here in Detroit, the Great Lakes and worldwide.

It is imperative to remind the City of Detroit and its newly developed Department of  Sustainability that there are people who care about issues like these and demand their voice to be heard in order to make that difference within the community. 
 

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