Say no to Plastic Bag.

Say No To Plastic Bags:

Did you know that an average Indian consumes 1 kg of plastic every year, while the annual The world average is only 18 kg? These figures are quite alarming, but quite credible.

Go to a market-place you will find vegetable and fruit vendors handing over things in transparent plastic bags to their customers, Grocers too use these bags for packing food items like grains. Clothes, toys, shoes, electric items, magazines and whatnot are all pre- packed and sold in these bags or shoppers, as they are commonly called!

In the home front the office-goers and students prefer to pack their lunch in plastic bags. Housemaids too' use these to carry food items from their place of work to home. The milk-and-bread man packs and delivers things in plastic bags. What's more deep freezers' are flooded with plastic bags, combining foodstuff. Haven't these shoppers become an indispensable part of our lives? But what happens to these plastic bags? It is here where the hazards associated with them come into play.

Hazards on land:

According to researchers, plastic degenerates slowly. All plastics sooner or later break down into smaller pieces leaving behind plastic chunks or plastic dust as residue. These chunks are not biodegradable as their molecular structure is too large for the micro-organism to swallow. This characteristic of plastic causes serious environmental and health problems.

The International rice Research Institute (IRRI) has found that plastic bags cause harmful effects on soil, water and air. There is nothing wrong with the plastic as a material. The thing is that man has not put the plastic to the right use or he uses it without taking care of the related norms of the usage.

Every day we dispose of 10 million plastic carry bags. These bags cause blockage of the drainage and the sewage system of the city resulting in waterlogging, germination of bacteria which cause water-borne diseases.

Plastic, being non-degradable, also reduces the rate of rainwater percolation, resulting in lowering of already low water levels in our cities.The plastic bags that lie on the soil for long stop the passage of Oxygen, thereby deteriorating the soil fertility.

The bags that fly and land in agricultural land retards the growth of the crops by wrapping themselves around the plants.

Since the plastic bags picked up from the garbage retain a lot of bacteria which are difficult to destroy the reeled bags contaminate the food it holds, causing serious health problems. temperature less than 800 C in an other poisonous gases which cause When plastic is burned at a open space it produces noxious fumes such as hydrogen cyanide and air pollution resulting in skin diseases respiratory problems and even a kind of cancer. Consequently, thousands due every year.

The plastic cups discarded in the better bin is often consumed among with the leftover foods by stray cows and other cattle leading unfold sufferings and even death.

Hazards In the coastal areas:

This might take your breath away but is quite true. According to the World Wide for Nature estimates more than 100,000 whales, seals, turtles and birds die every year as a result or Congestion caused by plastic bags. Some marine animals are even spotted with plastic residues in the stomachs and plastic molecules in their muscles.

Turtles, dolphins and other marines creatures often mistake small plastic bags for jellyfish and swallow their leading to intestinal blockage and thereby their end.

Ban on recycled goods:

The use of recycled plastic bags for storing, carrying. dispensing or packing of foodstuffs are banned by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The manufacture, stocking, distribution or selling of carry bags made of recycled plastics which are below 8x12 inches in size and 20 microns in thickness is also banned. Solution: Solution to the environmental and health problems caused by bio-degradable plastic lies in the following: Finding alternative suitable material which has no adverse effect, for making bags and other packing items at a competitive rate. Educating users on the right disposal methods. Processing vegetable to higher density s0 as to reduce the require more of packing and carrying bags. Encouraging the use of reusable bags made of traditional material with the help of advertisements. Taking the ground realities into consideration it is now solely up to you to say "Yes" or "No" to plastic bags.