Why ban the plas­tic bag?

Monthly Chronicle - - Local Heroes -

Ac­cord­ing to the Boomerang Bags web­site, a stag­ger­ing 1 mil­lion plas­tic bags are used every minute around the world, con­tribut­ing to about 3.5 mil­lion tons of waste a year. They don’t break down, last­ing for hun­dreds of years. Half of these end up in land­fill and a fair por­tion re­main un­ac­counted for - mean­ing oceans, wa­ter­ways, the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. In the ocean, sun­light and wave ac­tion causes the plas­tic to frag­ment into tiny pieces, which re­sult in marine life haz­ards: 44% of all seabirds, 33% of cetaceans, all sea tur­tles and a grow­ing list of fish species have been doc­u­mented with plas­tic in or around their bod­ies, lead­ing to in­ter­nal block­ages, de­hy­dra­tion, star­va­tion and early death for many. That means much of the seafood on our plate has in­gested plas­tic and will have health im­pli­ca­tions for us too.

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