Environmental Effects Of Ridding Of Plastic Bags

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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
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A simple solution would be to reuse the bag. Take it to the store when you go shopping and use those instead of a new bag. Or, take a tote and completely remove plastic bags from your daily life. Another way to reuse plastic bags would be to use them as a trash bag for smaller trash cans, or use it as a carrying sack in the rain to prevent items from getting wet. Bags can also be returned to most stores and they will reuse the bags or recycle them for you. A more complex solution would be what was accomplished by the two girls in the videos. Taking a more large and public approach and to make a national stand against plastic bags. Start a campaign and try to get stores to move towards a more eco-friendly policy. Like Isabel Wijsen said in the video, “Us kids may only be 25 percent of the world 's population, but we are 100 percent of the future”. What happens now will affect us in the future. We as the future generations needs to start to make a change for better now if we want the change to happen …show more content…
One of the top reasons plastic bags are used instead of paper is because of cost. It is more efficient to produce a plastic bag than paper. “They (plastic bags) cost between 1 to 2 cents. Paper bags can run 4 to 5 cents.” (Brown) It would be cheaper for a company to pay for plastic bags instead of paper, and why would a company ever take the more expensive root if they are not being told to change their ways. There needs to be a movement or campaign to get businesses on board with eco-friendly policies, and normalize the idea of bringing your own bags to the store with you. Another reason why plastic bags are more popular is because “It takes two to four times more energy to produce paper bags compared to plastic.”

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