Save The Sea Turtles by Banning Plastic Bags!

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According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy website, “Over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. Currently, it is estimated that there are 100 million tons of plastic in oceans around the world. It is expected that another 60 billion pounds will be produced this year alone”. We all have seen plastic bags tumbling in parking lots, fields, and streets but do we really understand the damage they may have? These plastice bags tumbling along eventually find storm drains that lead to rivers and creeks and are eventually carried out to our oceans. Floating through the water they look very similar to jellyfish especially to sea turtles. These sea turtles diet consists mostly of jellyfish, so they are prone to trying to swallow this plastic. These bags then get trapped in their stomachs (this is because sea turtles have downward facing spines which prevent regurgitation) and make it impossible for these creatures to properly swallow food. This is fatal to these animals. Today, six out of seven sea turtles are on the threatened or endangered list. 

So what can we do? Reusable bags or paper bags are much healthier for the environment! Aside from being deadly to marine life, a plastic bag can take up to 1000 years to decompose! A paper bag only takes 1 month! Since 2013 Alameda County in California, along with many other communities around the world, has banned the use of plastic bags in stores. Costumers are not charged to use paper bags and reusable bags only cost 10 cents each! The results have been tremendously effective, but more communities and stores are needed to make a larger impact! So let’s do away with these lethal plastics and help our environment and marine friends! Let’s challenge our stores to do what’s right! LET’S BAN PLASTIC BAGS!