It's Time to Ban Plastic Bags!!

It's Time to Ban Plastic Bags!!

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Did you know, an estimated 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide? Hypothetically, that basically adds up to about one million per minute! By banning plastic bags, it would help solve a lot of issues in our environment, as well as improve our ecosystem. The use of plastic bags not only hurt wildlife, it pollutes different landscapes such as oceans and rivers, and also shows how plastic bags are disposable, not reusable.


I think that plastic bags should be banned is that it can hurt wildlife. In every ocean, there is a “garbage patch” like the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch. That is where all that plastic and garbage you throw away, collect. Those pollutants turn the waster into a big, dirty area of trash. Animals that inhabit the ocean, such as turtles and fish, can find and eventually feed themselves those pollutants because they mistake it as food, those animals get eaten by others, and a lot of the times, those animals end up on our plates, like many kinds of seafood. Another example of why plastic bags are harming wildlife is because when you throw away plastic bags, they can also end up in the woods or on roads, sidewalks, and yards. According to the article Top Ten Reasons to Ban Plastic Bags, “It is estimated that over 267 species of seabirds have plastic in their bodies. Numerous studies have proven this fact.”  This shows how because of all the plastic that is being thrown away, it is affecting hundreds of animals and contributes to different species of animals going extinct. Different animals such as deer, rabbits, and birds can unintentionally try and eat plastic, as they often mistake plastic bags for food. Plastic bags, once ingested, cannot be digested or passed by an animal so it stays in the gut. This can cause even more problems for animals health, and they will either have plastic stuck in their system for a long time or will just die after not being able to digest the plastic. Plastic bags even wreak havoc for America’s farmers. There have been reports of cows eating plastic bags and dying because the plastic in their stomach prevented their food from digesting.

I think that plastic bags should be banned is because of how it pollutes different landscapes such as oceans and rivers. Plastic bags are disrupting our landscapes in a serious way., and are a huge threat to our planet. According to the article called Top Ten Reasons to Ban Plastic Bags, “According to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), in a report released in 2006, 80% of ocean pollution is land-based. This means that no matter how far from the ocean that you live, an improperly disposed of plastic bag will eventually reach the ocean through our rivers or by the wind.”  This illustrates how plastic has no problem traveling in the wind and can get caught in many places and hurt the environment’s different landscapes. For example, America’s rivers are polluted with plastic. The Anacostia River was so polluted that Washington, D.C. passed an ordinance mandating a five-cent fee on disposable carryout bags to fund the clean-up of the river. The NRDC says that “plastic pollution affects every waterway, sea and ocean” in the world. In 2006, UNEP stated: “Over 46,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square mile of the ocean today. In the Central Pacific, there are up to 6 pounds of marine litter to every pound of plankton. This was almost 13 years ago. Imagine how much worse these statistics are now!! In addition, only 9% of recyclables actually get recycled? The other 79% of recyclables spend time accumulating in landfills. When you throw something in the trash, all of that trash goes to landfills. The different landscapes of the Earth are getting majorly affected by plastic bags. Some blow across roads like post-apocalyptic tumbleweed, while others become snagged in the branches of street trees. Still,  others end up floating through our creeks and rivers until they find their way to the sea.


I think that plastic bags should be banned because plastic bags are disposable, not reusable. Plastic carryout bags are designed and manufactured to be disposable rather than reusable. “Surveys have shown that a plastic carryout bag is used for approximately 12 minutes and then it is discarded. Some are reused a few times but the majority are tossed immediately. 88% of plastic bags are disposed of improperly. The EPA says that only 12% of plastic carryout bags are recycled”, the article Top Ten Reasons to Ban Plastic Bags, reported. This brings to light how among all the plastic bags that are consumed worldwide, they are only used for a meager amount of time before they are thrown away. By using reusable bags that you can find available to purchase at local grocery stores, it would help save plastic bags. In addition, reusable plastic bags are machine washable or capable of being cleaned and disinfected.


Plastic bags should be banned because it not only hurts wildlife, it pollutes different landscapes such as oceans and rivers, and also shows how plastic bags are disposable, not reusable. By banning plastic bags, it would help our ecosystem in a variety of ways, including contributing to helping get rid of a huge amount of pollution. Stop using plastic bags, and start bringing your own reusable bags to grocery stores to help save our environment.

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