Plastic bags were first put into checkout lines in 1977. They cost between 1 to 2 cents. Paper bags can run 4 to 5 cents.
“They’re inexpensive to produce and for the amount of material it takes to make a plastic bag you can carry a lot of stuff in it”.
There’s been plenty of research into whether paper or plastic is better for the environment. The final outcome depends on the measures.
It takes two to four times more energy to produce paper bags compared to plastic. The production of paper bags also gives off twice as much pollution and creates more waste.
“There’s a balance there, but most folks think that actually plastic bags can be a better environmental choice from an energy input and waste products standpoint,”.
But, what we do with these plastic bags has serious environmental consequences.
“It reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself.”
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans recycle about half of all paper bags and only 12 percent of plastic ones.
“The fact of the matter is that plastic can wreak havoc on our natural environment,”. “When discarded into the environment indiscriminately, it can last literally decades and even centuries.”
Tim Brownell, co-president of Eureka Recycling, says plastic bags are difficult to recycle, because the food and waste materials inside those bags take a lot of labor, and the bags can wrap around the equipment.
“They are a nuisance in the facility”.
“It’s In The Bag” is a program sponsored by the Recycling Association of Minnesota which collects the plastic bags that people bring back to retailers to recycle. The materials are collected, sorted and recycled by adults with disabilities employed at vocational centers.
As for the wave of the future, it could lie with biodegradable plastics.
“The technology isn’t quite there to compete at the price point with your traditional plastics, and that’s a big challenge and that’s one of the things we’re working on”.
The National Science Foundation has given a $20 million grant over five years to the Center for Sustainable Polymers at the University of Minnesota to study this topic.
I read an article about ocean plastic pollution, a problem I’d never heard of and saw the shocking image that changed my life.
The photo revealed the decayed carcass of a baby albatross who’d starved with a belly full of plastic, plastic it had been fed by its mother who mistook lighters and toothbrushes and bottle caps floating in the ocean for food.
My heart broke as I realized that my personal choices could be causing harm to creatures thousands of miles away, and that very day, I embarked on a mission to see if it would be possible to live without plastic.
Now I am creating a blog to report on my progress eliminating everyday plastics, disposables like single-use bottles, bags, cups, straws, food wrappers, shampoo containers, lip balm and toothpaste tubes, and toothbrushes, but also durable plastic items like food storage containers and ice trays that Iam willing and so as you will no longer be in contact with.
Finding a Tupperware replacement proved difficult. All of the stainless steel containers I had tried were fine for short-term use in the refrigerator, but they weren’t airtight or leakproof, so I couldn’t store food in the freezer long-term or use them to carry soup for lunch without worrying about making a mess in my backpack.
Recently, I saw a news and pic that a cow’s belly bag was operated and it was full of plastic bags,an unbelievable news for me.
A growing body on plastic pollution and actions individuals can take to reduce plastic in their own lives.From the point of view of business owners who have seen aspects of the supply chain that are hidden from most of us ordinary consumers.
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Finally, Iam willing to find a ‘Life Without Plastic’.