Essay on Plastic over-Usage

1511 Words Mar 22nd, 2013 7 Pages
Look around at the local surroundings. How many objects are made of or just contain a bit of plastic? There is a high amount of plastic being used for all kinds of objects for daily use. Plastic is used all the time and most people never really think twice about it. Plastic is becoming too common in the world today and is harming our environment (Manrich. 2009). People do not realize the effects plastic over-usage has on the world but if each person were to really take time to think about this over-usage maybe this use could be greatly reduced with just a few simple measures. Human dependence on plastic and paper products is high and some measures are needed to take a step back and evaluate which plastic products are necessities and …show more content…
Since plastic is not biodegradable, all of those plastics wasted are always going to be around and causing harm in one way or another. Why do humans continue to let that happen? Is it just because people really don’t care or maybe are just too busy with life to really think about the issue? Each person can begin to decrease the amount of plastic being wasted. There are many small things such as using paper or recycled grocery bags instead of plastic and purchasing reusable water bottles. These small efforts to reduce the amount of plastic usage could eventually make a big difference. Individuals and companies are looking forward to the future and are developing ways plastic waste can be used for fuels and recycling in order to reduce the waste left behind (Raja. 2011). It is great they are thinking of ways to help but that only helps solve the problem in the future, every person can make a commitment right now to decrease the amount of plastic left in landfills. Imagine four billion plastic grocery bags; it’s nearly impossible to imagine that many bags. That is the number of plastic bags being used annually, just in Australia (Ginis. 2005). Plastic grocery bags only account for a small percentage of the total amount of plastic being used and wasted. Plastic is something that we take advantage of and overuse on a daily basis instead of realizing it is harmful and needs to be treated that way. Some locations in the United

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