“They never breakdown, they break up into smaller toxic bits of themselves, that spreads into our oceans, our land, our wildlife, and into the air that we breathe. Plastic bags contribute to climate change and are polluting this planet severely.
Statistics show that instead of being recycled, plastic bags are thrown in the rubbish because the cost of recycling them outweighs their value. The Pacific Ocean holds 6 times more plastic than plankton. Imagine how many whale sharks mistake plastic for plankton. The great Pacific garbage patch is twice the size of Texas and the plastic in it outnumbers sea-life 6 to 1.
Plastic bags are made from petroleum, gas, and other harmful chemicals. 12 million barrels of oil are used in the production of plastic bags in the United States alone. The average time a plastic bag is used is 12 minutes. To go to the effort of producing plastic bags from a fossil fuel just to throw away after 12 minutes is outrageous.
Plastic bags cause death to marine animals. For example, in 2008 a Sperm Whale was found washed up dead – more than 22 kilograms of plastic was found in it’s stomach. Land animals suffer from the pollution of plastic as well. Humans breathe in the toxic fumes caused by the production of plastic bags too.
160,000 plastic bags are used worldwide every second. What good is it that doing to the earth? Ireland has a tax on plastic bags – that tax has decreased the use of plastic bags by 90%. Other cities, states, and countries around the world have done so too. It’s time for Australia to become a better country and ban plastic bags.
What you can do is encourage others to use reusable bags; and why not make a petition for the Council or Government to ban or put a tax on plastic bags.
I use reusable bags and it feels good to know that you’re doing the environment a favour. The benefits of using reusable bags are that they come in all different shapes, sizes, colours, and patterns which makes shopping fun. You can make your own and get them made for you. They carry much more groceries than plastic bags. Reusable bags are fantastically priced at 99 cents to $3.
You may think that you won’t make any impact on this issue, but using one reusable bag means you save 700 plastic bags in one year or 22,000 over a lifetime. As an individual you need to use reusable bags.
Do the earth a favour: pick reusable bags on your next trip tot he grocery store."
Thank you Billie. She outlines the issue well and ends on positive calls to action. Do the earth a favour and listen to her and other young people like her.