When we go for shopping, plastic bags are a convenient way to carry our purchased goods. As they are part of our modern lives, we do not tent to think much about them. But they are responsible for burning plastic, diffuses harmful smoke and chemicals in the atmosphere. As we breath normally, the plastic quickly enters the body. One of the most toxic chemicals known to man in wast quantities ‘Dioxin’ is released in the air by burning plastic bags. Most of the plastic bags are made up of Polyethylene, a substance that is refining and natural gas processing. Oil and natural gas are non-renewable fossil fuel and based sources, and though their extraction and production, greenhouse gases are emitted by them, which are responsible for global climate change.
Plastic bags are mostly very light weighed so they can travel long distances by water or wind. Plastic bags are blowed by wind and trashes a whole area. These liters get caught up in between tress, fences, and floats in water, thus moving to the world’s oceans. Animals, birds, and marine life often mistakenly eat it as food. The consumed plastic congests the digestive tracts of these animals and can lead to various health issues like infection, painful, I intestinal blockage, starvation, or death by suffocation. Micro plastic have been found in most of the species of marine life, by scientists. People are likely to consume only negligible amounts of micro-plastics from fish. Chemicals that affect normal hormone function is affected by micro-plastic, while some retardants may interfere with brain development in children, and breast cancer in women is linked with it too.
Micro-plastics are found i sodas, in tap water, in seafood and fruits and vegetables, it has contaminated with our food chain. Still scientists do not know how our metabolism and immunity will react to the increased concentration of plastic particles in our system. They suspect that it may add stress to the liver by introducing more pathogens into the body. Plastics in our digestive tract may affects the absorption of the some essential trace elements (like iron), which is needed to maintain our proper health.
lactic waste that clogs water drainage channels and river tributes of many Asian cities increases the exposure of residents of the water diseases, as it creates a toxic soup that remains stroked in one place for prolonged periods. Petroleum based plastics never degrade. Instead of the plastic bags it is broken down into small tiny pieces that are swept down and thrown in the oceans, which are when consumed by wildlife. Since plastic bag recycling requires special equipment that can Break down the plastic and mold it into new products, most of the municipalities do not have the budget to include their recycling in their waste management program. So, plastic bag recycling facilities are few and far between, and transportation to one could get expensive. We can not eliminate plastic from our lives entirely, but we should try to limit our carbon footprints for the generation come!