Thursday, October 28, 2010

Solutions For Plastic Bag Problems

Apart from the knowledge of many, plastic baggages pose a serious worldwide problem. They are considered one of the many pollutants of the earth. So to minimize the threat, many campaigns have been established banning the production and use of plastic baggages.

However, we cannot deny the benefits we can get from plastic baggages. They are very light which make handling of any things easier. They are very economical as they cost only a cent per piece. They are strong and durable in which they can hold even heavy and massive materials. And they are multipurpose wherein you can do so much in one plastic.

Yet still problems arise because plastic bags are not so friendly for the environment. It takes years for them to decompose and all they leave are litters everywhere. Here are the major problems the world is facing because of plastic bags:

1. Land problems - tons of plastic trash bags clutter the landfills. Because it would take hundreds of years before they break down naturally, they build up into mountains of garbage. Sanitation problems occur, so as messy, odor-full dump areas.
2. Water problems - there is an increasing amount of plastics clogging the drainage. This will then result to flood problems when rainy day comes. Another is they contaminate the oceans by their toxins and poison marine animals if they are mistaken as food.
3. Air problems - plastic bags when burned emit harmful toxins that are dangerous for the health if inhaled. They are also destructive for the atmosphere because production of plastics requires gallons of petroleum.
While these problems are being addressed to officially one by one, we can take our part by personally solving plastic bag problems in our household. Here are 3 tips we can consider doing:
1. Minimize the use of plastic bags either by first, use paper shopping bags which are biodegradable and eco-friendly; or second, reuse plastic shopping bags by not accepting new ones anymore in the store. We can bring our own bag every time we shop and we can conserve plastics.
2. Recycle plastic bags in many creative ways. Some create it as tote bag, renew it as a pouch, or remake it as a wallet. Several grocery stores are also collecting plastic bags for recycling. There are also recycling programs in various areas in which you can learn how to recycle.
3. Turn to biodegradable plastic bags. Biodegradable plastics are widely accepted and available to conserve energy and solve pollution problems. These plastics are often used for food bags, plant bags and shopping bags. Because they can easily decompose, they are not posing risks to the environment.
By Owertypalopalo Uy
Think Green - Green Bag Containers

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