Plastic bags have always been a part of the human society for years. These plastic bags help people carry their goods. Sometimes, they are used as packaging because they are water resistant and they are also durable for carrying a certain amount of weight. Also, plastic bags can actually be reused and recycled several times as long as it does not get worn. However, a lot of people who are concerned with the environment tackle a lot of issues considering the harmful effects of the usage of plastic bags.
Now, let us discuss on the different cons of using polythene bags.
The most obvious disadvantage of using plastic bags is the fact that they are not biodegradable. As most people know, things that are biodegradable will just be part of the environmental system again. However, with regards to plastic bags, it will take several years before they get decomposed and one with the nature again. So surely this thing is not good for our environment.
Another disadvantage of plastic bags is that they take so much space. For the fact that they are not biodegradable, surely they will be in the landfills for years. Moreover, people always choose a dumpsite for all their trash and you could just imagine how many plastic products are in one place because the ones down under have not been decomposed yet.
As mentioned above, we cannot get rid of plastic bags very easily. It will take several years before they will be out of the world completely. So, most of the people choose to burn them. Burning plastic is not only harmful to the person, but to the environment as well. A lot of people have been suffering lung diseases because they keep on burning plastic. Moreover, burning plastic is also harmful for the environment because it releases gases in the environment and it adds up to the global warming.
Lastly, having plastic bags are not only harmful to the environment, but it is also very time consuming in producing it. This means that it will take a lot of energy and effort not only for the human beings, but also it will have to take a lot of mechanical and chemical energies to have it produced.
On the lighter side, all people should bear in mind that even if plastic bags are harmful, they have also given the society a lot of reasons to thank for.
In conclusion, plastic bags have always been useful in the world that people have existed. They have given so much benefit, especially in storage and packaging. They have a lot of advantages that people are always thankful that they have been created. However, there are also so many disadvantages that it has given. One of them is pollution and also contributing to global warming as greenhouse gases increase. Since plastic bags made from polythene product have always been part of people’s lives, it is best that these people should be educated on how to recycle them so as not to further damage the environment.