Plastic Bags Essay

1429 Words Jun 25th, 2009 6 Pages
Worldwide consumers use up to 1.5 trillion plastic bags every year. In the consumers possession the plastic bags stay with them for an average of fifteen minutes before they get thrown away or released to blow down into the wind, down our streets, and into our world. In Israel the average time of holding on to a single plastic bag is twenty minutes. The use of plastic bags tally's up to $4 million per year for retailers. One company which buys half of the used plastic bags in the United States that are available on the open air market and uses 1.5 billion bags per year. Ontario uses 2.6 billion bags per year and one - hundred million in the waterloo region by itself. (Savage 2008), (McMahon 2008), (Mieszkowski 2007), As for Americans …show more content…
Rhode Island is also another state that has placed an all out ban of plastic bags. (Bush 2008), (Wal-Mart to cut plastic bag waste 2008), (Shapiro 2008), (Query 2007), (Henningan 2008), (Anonymous 2001), (Savage 2008), (Mieszkowski 2007) Overseas doesn't get any better with this issue. In 2002 Ireland proposed and passed a "Plus Tax", which resulted in ninety percent of consumers switching from plastic and using there own shopping bags. Ontario has passed a bill where government has in plan to cut the use of plastic bags in half by 2012 and if that doesn't work they play on going to stricter regulations. South Australia's new laws are being passed to make supermarket customers to use something other than plastic bags, starting in January of 2009, and then place a permanent ban on May 4th. This ban would not take into effect of the plastic bags used for fruit and vegetables as long as they meet Australian standards. A bill was proposed in Israel by the of MK'S Estherina Tartman and Dov Henin to reduce the use of plastic bags in supermarkets and restaurants for free in Jerusalem. (Parliament to Consider 2008), (Waldoks 2008), (McMahon 2008)

Plastic bags are affecting everything for everybody. They are effecting our government, environment, and all the humans on this earth. As our economy is struggling with oil prices we are spending twelve billion barrels of oil per year on plastic bags when only a few out of trillions are getting thrown away

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