5B plas­tic bags used this year, only 1 pct re­cy­cled

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Lifestyle -

HU­MANS are se­rial con­sumers. Con­sump­tion has be­come a reg­u­lar part of ev­ery­day be­hav­ior for us since the dawn of mod­ern life.

How­ever, the planet Earth can hardly han­dle the re­sources that we take from her or the pol­lu­tion we cause, which af­fects ev­ery seg­ment of our lives from the food we eat to the air we des­per­ately need.

How­ever, de­spite our con­sump­tion and use of ma­te­ri­als that can hardly be re­cy­cled on their own in na­ture, we fail to re­cy­cle the plas­tic bags we use.

Ac­cord­ing to The World Counts, which is an on­line site that counts the dam­age that mankind causes on Earth, some 5 bil­lion plas­tic bags have been used in 2018 so far, and only 1 per­cent of them were re­cy­cled.

Ev­ery year, 100 mil­lion tons of plas­tic is used world­wide. Of this, 10 per­cent turns into waste prod­ucts that go into the ocean.

To re­strict the use of plas­tic and as a part of the Zero Waste Pro­ject ini­ti­ated by first lady Emine Er­doğan, plas­tic bags in Turkey will not be free of charge any­more, mean­ing cus­tomers can­not use as many plas­tic bags as they wish. Sell­ers will be obliged to sell plas­tic bags for TL 0.25 (ap­prox­i­mately $0.05 cents), and they will be fined if they give bags for free to cus­tomers.

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