Did you know that plastic bags take up to 1000 years to decompose? Did you know that they are not biodegradable and are made from petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource? Did you know that the average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year? Did you know that plastic bags contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an underwater area in the Pacific Ocean where discarded plastics have accumulated into a colossal mass of debris (nearly three times the size of France)?
Most people do not realize any of this. The term “plastic bag” conjures up images of thin bags with handles used for grocery shopping or picking up after your pet. It doesn't seem like something harmful or dangerous. But when we use these disposable items over and over again without recycling or disposing them properly, we create serious problems for our environment and health.
Plastic bags are convenient. They're easy to carry, and you can use them for storing things as well as for carrying groceries. They're also cheap (at least in the U.S., where some places charge upwards of $0.30 per bag). Because of their convenience and low cost, many people choose plastic over other options.
Some people think it is difficult to remember to bring reusable bags along with them when they go shopping.
Reusable bags can be inconvenient to carry, heavy and bulky, difficult to keep clean, hard to find when you need them, and expensive.
In terms of the environment, we all need to do our part. That may seem like a cliché or cliche statement but it is true. We are all responsible for the state of our planet and we can all make a difference. It does not matter how small your contribution is; it matters that you are making an effort at all. While it may seem insignificant because someone else is using more plastic bags than you do, don’t neglect your own impact on the environment just because someone else is doing worse than you! We should be striving to use as few single-use plastics as possible—and if that means carrying around reusable baggies in order to avoid having any extra plastic sent to landfills (or worse—the ocean), then so be it!
Some of the reasons as to why people prefer plastic bags over reusable bags include:
Many retail stores do not provide adequate alternatives to plastic bags.
The most obvious solution would be for retail stores to incentivize customers to use eco-friendly bags by providing reusable ones for free or at a reduced price. Retailers should also provide eco-friendly bag dispensers in which customers can deposit their used plastic bags, so that they can be recycled instead of ending up in landfills or as litter. Finally, many consumers are hesitant to buy reusable bags because they believe they will cost too much money and be inconvenient; retailers could offer incentives like discounts or rewards points when customers purchase reusable bags from their store.
As you may have noticed, eco-friendly bags are not as convenient to use as plastic bags. Even though they're reusable and have many benefits, they're still more expensive and time-consuming than disposable alternatives.
The first step to solving this problem is educating people, especially in America and Europe, about the environmental issues surrounding plastic bags and the benefits of using eco-friendly bags. People need to understand that they are contributing to an already dire global problem when they use a plastic bag at the grocery store.
When we use disposable items like paper and plastic, those materials are created from non-renewable resources (like oil). These resources will eventually deplete if we don't stop using them at an unsustainable rate. In addition, these materials often cause pollution through manufacturing processes or disposal methods after their useful life ends—and sometimes before it even begins!
For example: consider how many trees must be cut down every year just so we can make all those little pieces of paper packaging for food items or other things we purchase. What happens when those trees run out? The only alternative would be other non-renewable resources like oil being used instead...which also causes pollution because they're finite supplies too!
If we do not change our ways, our world will be in trouble. We have a responsibility to take care of our environment and future generations. The plastic bag is one of the most harmful items for our planet because it takes hundreds of years for them restructure back into nature without harming any animals or people who use them during this time frame. If we continue using plastic bags at this rate with no concern about what effect it has on our surroundings then we will eventually destroy everything around us because they take up space as well!