Takes 1000 years to decompose into smaller pieces, which seep down into the soil and release chemicals, which eventually reach the water supply. Manufacturing of plastic bags is harmful to the environment because nonrenewable resources are used (petroleum and natural gas). The manufacturing process itself uses toxic chemicals, pollutes the atmosphere and consumes energy. The transportation of the billions of plastic bags produced annually means further energy consumption, largely in the form of more petroleum.
Stores give out unlimited amounts of plastic bags for FREE even when the costumer doesn’t really need one.
Cost in terms of energy and manpower is greater than the value of the material produced.
ALTERNATIVES TO PLASTIC
- Use biodegradable bags made from fabrics.
- Donate old news papers and magazines to small scale institutes that cut these old papers in to paper bags and packets.
- Nylon bags can be used and reused several times.
- Ladies can fold a cotton bag or two in to their purses which can be used to quench their sudden urge for shopping.