Why ban the plastic bag?
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.