Plastic Bags And Its Effects On Our Environment Essay

1166 Words Apr 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Our goal is to eliminate the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and promote the use of reusable bags, which will help the environment. We are students from Penn State Brandywine, located in Media, and are doing a school project for the campus read Garbology by Edward Humes. This project is for “us,” the students, to help spread the word that plastic bags are harming the environment. We have become addicted to the convenience of plastic, and it is time for serious change. After watching Plastic Paradise and reading the book Garbology, our group has decided to try make a change and take action around local grocery stores.

Before we even begin on our epic monologue on the reusable bag, we should inform you on this country’s never-ending addiction: plastic. Americans use and throw away 100 billion plastic bags every year. The appalling magnitude of that number is simply incomprehensible. Plastic bags are detrimental to our environment in numerous ways, primarily because they are not biodegradable. The novel we are reading, Garbology, specifically discusses this concept on several occasions. A valid synopsis of this concept is pretty simple: a venti-sized Starbucks latte cup will still exist five hundred years after you are dead. Just think about that - something that we make to last forever, actually does in fact last forever. Essentially, this means that there is no “away;” plastic cannot be recycled (at least not as we usually understand the process) or simply made to…

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