Plastic bags became an environmental curse. Most plastic bags are still dumped into the trash. Almost all of these bags are manufactured using chemicals derived from petroleum, a nonrenewable resource.
And the big problem with all these sustainable polymer bags going into landfills is this. They do not break down easily. It takes about 300 years for the sunshine for most of the plastic bags to photo-degrade so that they begin to crumble into pieces, but the pieces are still not biodegradable and are likely to be toxic to animals that ingest them.
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And of course, the bag that never sees sunlight can persist in the environment again. Many more, like in thousands of years.
How can we help solve this problem?
As a society, we need to find ways to reuse and recycle the bags we have, and then reduce the demand for new ones. At the individual level, one of the easiest things you can do is: bring your bags for groceries. Buying a reusable shopping bag, and handing an old plastic bag recycling center in groceries and other locations.
Finding a way to reuse plastic bags and reduce the demand for new ones is essential to promote a more sustainable, green lifestyle. This simple idea will help you live a greener, reducing the demand for non-renewable resources such as petroleum, and even save a little money too.