Imagine you’re a turtle and you’re just swimming peacefully along in the ocean. You feel hungry and begin searching for food. You think that you see a delicious jellyfish floating by, but it turns out to be a plastic bag that gets wedged in your throat.
Did you know that single-use plastic bags are made from 3 different types of polyethylene, which means that they don’t decompose in a month? Plastic bags can take over 10 to 1000 years to decompose, and according to researchers between 500 million to 1 trillion plastic bags are used each year. This means there are far too many plastic bags in the world.
Plastic also contribute to climate change. All the polymers and compounds used in the creation of plastic are derived from petroleum and natural gas. The process of extracting fossil fuel and then processing it to produce plastics releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This has resulted to the degradation of the ozone layer, which has subsequently led to global warming. It is also not economically viable to use non-renewable resources like petroleum and natural gas to produce a commodity that has a very short lifespan.
Banning plastics is a critical issue that every country worldwide should prioritize. Plastic is a huge problem in our world and it’s killing our animals and destroying our oceans. Imagine a life without beaches, turtles, dolphins, fish and sharks. We need to stop. Instead of selling single-use plastic, start selling biodegradable plastic (dissolvable plastic). When biodegradable plastic is exposed to seawater, it dissolves within 20 days.
Did you know that there are 8 million tons of plastic In the ocean and over 100 million marine animals are killed by a piece of plastic each year. While some people believe that this isn’t a problem. Dame Ellen MacArthur, a successful sailor says “that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish, by 2050.”
Put your hand up if you have heard of the organisation 4ocean? They are an organisation that cleans the world\'s oceans and coastlines while working to stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits. Because of their unique conservation business model, 4ocean has been able to pull over 2.7 trillion kilos of trash from our beautiful oceans in just over two years. Instead of just dumping the waste the plastic into a tip, they turn them into bracelets.\n
If we ban plastic bags I am certain that the sustainability of the world will improve and humans and animals will be healthier. So, if we don’t stop using plastic bags and don’t start helping to clean our environment, there will be no use in this world.
We’re the ones who will suffer in the future, so stop this unnecessary pollution.