Effects Of Plastic Bags On The Environment Protection Authority

752 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
The video shows that ridding of plastic bags is possible, but there needs to be a change. Plastic bags are environmental hazardous, and even though there is a simple solution they are still being used. Until we show companies that plastic bags are no longer needed or wanted companies will still use them.
There are many negative environmental effects of having plastic bags. Besides being unsightly plastic bags adds to the negative effects of greenhouse gases. According to the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority, “Based on using ten lightweight plastic bags per week over a 2-year period, the greenhouse gas impact has more than three times the greenhouse gas impact of a reusable ‘green bag’”. (Environmental Impacts) This means that plastic bags are adding more and more to terrible greenhouse gases, which will heat the surface of the Earth and lead to more environmental problems. Another problem that surfaces with the use of plastic bags is hazards to animals. The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority said in regards to plastics bags “(It is a) Danger to animal life, especially when they find their way into the sea.” (Environmental Impacts) It is a common occurrence for animals to swallow plastic bags, because of leftover food residue on the bag. Also, the color and motion of the bag may seem to mimic an aquatic animal and is mistaken for food by these underwater creatures. When animals swallow try to eat these bags one of two things usually…

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