It might be easier to carry vegetables and fruits in plastic bags but have you seen what plastic bags have done to our drains? Though the use of really thin plastic bags has been banned by the government, vegetable vendors continue to pack their goods into these thin transparent bags on the sly. Maybe itís because we forget to carry cloth bags that the vendors are forced to break the law.
WHY PLASTIC BAGS HAVE BEEN BANNED
- Plastic bags are non biodegradable. They can be destroyed only by burning them. When plastic burns it releases toxic fumes that cause severe air pollution. These fumes are also carcinogenic (cancer causing).
- A single plastic bag takes close to 1,000 years to decompose.
- According to the Marrickville Council of Australia, around 1,00,000 whales, turtles and birds die from suffocation each year due to accidental consumption of plastic from their environment.
- Plastic bags are produced from petrochemicals which are nonrenewable sources of energy.