Every year, people all over the world use trillions of plastic bags. A large number of bags litter oceans and harm fishes, seals and all other sea creatures. The convenience of using the bags means that there is a large environmental cost and so therefore lots of states are actioning for a change, one that will implement bans on plastic bags.
The amount of bags that are being used is so harmful to the world, that we need to understand the impact of whats happening to the environment:
Here are some facts:
- One of the greatest problems is that an estimated 300 million plastic bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone.
- The land litter that is made up of plastic bags has the potential to kill over and over again. It has been estimated that one bag has the potential to unintentionally kill one animal per every three months due to unintentional digestion or inhalation.
- They get into soil and slowly release toxic chemicals. They eventually break down into the soil, with the unfortunate consequence being that animals eat them and often choke and die.
- There are many places that they can be taken to be recycled, but in reality figures show that only 1% of all plastic bags are recycled, with most heading for landfill, or worse, our oceans.
- Over 100,000 animals are suspected of coming to this unfortunate end throughout the world every single year, on both land and in our oceans. Plastic bags have a bad habit of killing Sea Turtles in particular. They are by far the biggest casualty in all of this as they mistake carrier bags for jelly fish, or similar and then end up choking.
- China, for example, banned bags thinner than .025 millimeters in 2008 and annual plastic bag use dropped by 40 billion. Ireland, meanwhile, imposed a 15 cent fee on retailers for each plastic bag and use fell by 94%.
COUNTRIES THAT ARE MAKING A CHANGE
France has passed a new law to ensure all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically-sourced materials. The law, which comes into effect in 2020, is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth – an ambitious plan that aims to allow France to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate change.
Avani a company based in Phillipines has come up with an environmentally friendly solution. The team at Avani realised that most biodegradable bags on the market were misleading — they broke down into small pieces that were harmful to animals and contaminating to the water. So the scientist had to come up with a better and
As the scientists at Avani worked to construct a sustainable and safe alternative, they discovered the cassava root, which is native to the country. In a mixture with vegetable oil, Avani was able to develop bags that were biodegradable — they quickly dissolved in warm water and heres the good part they are also safe for animals to eat. WOW! So if a bag made it into the water, a fish or turtle could munch on it and be nourished. Not only that, Avani says that animals love the taste. 🙂 Here is a video of how it works:
The bags are called “Eco Bags”
How cool is this then? I think that we should as a nation help and support the change for a world without plastic bags, they are so harmful and kill thousands of animals daily, it really isn’t fair – we need to try and help the animals that are suffering and also to help the environment.
I think that the major retailers that use plastic bags should make a change and use the new bio-degradable bags – lets raise awareness of the harm that plastic makes to the environment.
Amazing Arabella XOXO