Pesky Plastics (Plastic Bag Ban) Michelle Cruz 1st Pd. English II
We live in a single-use world. Everything has become disposable and easily discardable solely for our convenience. But does convenience really outweigh the future of our planet we call Home?
The use of plastic bags should be abolished in the United States. Their use should come to an end because they pollute our Earth and they harm our economy.
Plastic bags are overall terrible, they pollute and trash our Earth. The average American family takes home around 1,500 plastic bags home a year. Whether it be from your local grocery store, shopping center or even your favorite restaurant. They add up. Not only do they add up quickly and rarely get used again, it takes around 500 years or more for plastic bag to degrade into microplastics that absorb toxins and end up polluting the environment.
Plastic bags inevitably hurt our planet and hurt our country’s economy, cities pay about 80 dollars per ton of trash that they need transported to local landfills. Globally, we are producing around 300 million tons of trash, and about 10 million tons are tossed into our oceans and habitats every year. Not only are we mindlessly spending money to dispose of our waste, but the plastic bag industry collects 4 billion dollars a year from retailers such as Walmart, HEB and Target.
As a community of people who only want what's best for our Earth we have to start making a change. We need to stop polluting our Earth, it's not an option anymore, if we don't our planet is destined to be uninhabitable. You can make improvements by calling your state representatives and bringing up your concerns of the use of plastic bags in your state. If enough people do it, they will realize we are concerned and use their power to make a change. Not only can you call around stating your concerns but you yourself can stop using bags, start implementing the use of reusable bags in your routines, replace plastic with more sustainable materials like metal, glass or biodegradable goods. The Earth is counting on us, are we willing to do our part?