Plastic Bags Drifting Through The Wind Essay

2033 Words Nov 28th, 2016 9 Pages
Plastic bags drifting through the wind have many references in popular culture. From Katy Perry’s song fireworks to a random episode of Family Guy, somehow a mindless act of a piece of plastic being tossed around in the blowing wind has made an impression on today’s culture. Plastic bags, however, have been up for debate as to whether or not they should be used or banned. Some say they use up resources that we can not get back; release toxins into the air, water, and ground; kill animals that do not know the dangers in their consumption; and poses a combination of attributes making it hard to recycle after use. Others say that none of the following claims are true, that the use of plastic bags saves money in the long run; produces the least amount of pollution in comparison to substitute goods; and are the most convenient good to use when moving product. Both sides of the issue are not just centered in one area, Canada and the UK have published studies on whether or not to use plastic bags, just two examples of countries figuring out the truth as to the problem.

The activists that claim that plastic bags are harmful for the environment have some statistics to back up their claims. According to “Plastic Bag Facts” from Rensselaer County “the US uses 30 billion plastic bags… taking up 12 million gallons of oil annually”. The time to break down this material takes thousands of years and releases toxins into the water, and air (Wagner). Those who claim that they endanger sea…

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