Plastic bags are everywhere! Everyday, we are handed countlessplastic bags: when we go to the grocery store, retail clothing store,book store, restaurants, etc. Yes, sometimes, plastic bags areconvenient, as they are water resistant and light and inexpensivecompared to paper bags. Most of the time, plastic bags aresuperfluous and avoidable. It seems as though store clerks are ofteneager to hand out plastic bags for any and all kind of purchases.Sometimes, a plastic bag is just not necessary for that apple you areabout to eat or that soda you are going to drink right away. Here aresome questions we should ask ourselves whenever we are handed aplastic bag:
Do I need to take as many plastic bags in supermarkets?
Do I need a plastic bag for an item purchased that is alreadywell packaged by the manufacturer?
Could I bring my own shopping bag when making purchases?Plastic bags are the cause of major environmental concerns. Statisticsshow that we are consuming more and more plastics every year. It isestimated that an average individual uses around 130 plastic bags peryear.Most of them go straight to our landfill and a very small percentage of plastic bags are actually recycled. A reduction in our use of plasticbags is essential in solving the environmental problems stemmingfrom them.Here are the reasons why you should limit your consumption of plastic bags:1.
Plastic bags and packaging account for a major part of our wastein landfills. More importantly, plastic bags are one of the topitems of litter on our community beaches, roads, sidewalks, andvegetation along with cigarette butts and Styrofoam.