It is important for Walmart, Inc. to eliminate the use of plastic bags from all the stores because these bags are extremely harmful to the environment. Many retailers have a great prefernce for plastic bags in their stores because they are lightweight, cheap, strong, fuctional, and are hygienic for groceries but are these things really worth the pollution of the Earth, Air, and Ocean? Are they really worth the death of wildlife they cause? Are they really worth the consumption of all the Earth's resources? The answer is no.
While plastic bags are very convenient, many seem to be blissfully ignorant of the following facts....
Plastic bags litter the landscape
Once they are used, most plastic bags go into landfill, or rubbish tips. Each year more and more plastic bags are ending up littering the environment. Once they become litter, plastic bags find their way into our waterways, parks, beaches, and streets. And, if they are burned, they infuse the air with toxic fumes.
Plastic bags kill animals
About 100,000 animals such as dolphins, turtles whales, penguins are killed every year due to plastic bags. Many animals ingest plastic bags, mistaking them for food, and therefore die. And worse, the ingested plastic bag remains intact even after the death and decomposition of the animal. Thus, it lies around in the landscape where another victim may ingest it.
Plastic bags are non-biodegradable
And one of the worst environmental effects of plastic bags is that they are non-biodegradable. The decomposition of plastic bags takes about 400 years. No one will live so long to witness decomposition of plastic. Thus, save the environment for the future generation of humans as well as animals.
Petroleum is required to produce plastic bags
As it is, petroleum products are diminishing and getting more expensive by the day, since we have used this non-renewable resource increasingly. Petroleum is vital for our modern way of life. It is necessary for our energy requirements - for our factories, transport, heating, lighting, and so on. Without viable alternative sources of energy yet on the horizon, if the supply of petroleum were to be turned off, it would lead to practically the entire world grinding to a halt. And to make plastic, about 60 - 100 million barrels of oil are needed every year around the world. Surely, this precious resource should not be wasted on producing plastic bags, should it?