Throughout history, people have found ways to create extraneous pollution due to a demand that could be filled with a more advantageous option. Thus, in our day and age: the plastic bag. Since the creation of the first synthetic polymer in 1869, to regular usage in grocery stores, plastics have been an integral part of the American way of life and economy (“The History and Future of Plastics”). Yet activists are finding it difficult to stay silent about the damaging effects that plastic bag production and usage have upon our lives, and are calling for taxes, fees and even bans on plastic bags in some communities (Rael 1). This debate is one of paramount importance, as it concerns the entire biosphere; organisms and whole ecosystems are damaged regularly by the effects of the plastic bag. Limiting plastic bags in communities to a serious extent would be extremely beneficial within the environment and the economy, as well as would address a serious issue that is too often forgotten by American consumers.
In our study about human impact on the amount of plastic in the environment, we discovered some very interesting results. In our study, we walked through the streets of Sisters, Oregon. We went into the local businesses to talk to them about their usage of plastic bags or paper bags. We wanted to see just how much of Sisters was using only paper bags. We asked them to provide an approximate number of paper and plastic bags that they give out to customers on a daily basis. We explained to them some of the bad effects of plastic bags on the environment. If the owner was only using plastic bags, then we suggested ideas to limit the plastic bags, such as a punch card for those who choose to avoid the usage of plastic bags. We will highlight three of our interviews in this article, as well as highlight the results of our study. Let us begin with the three interviews we would like to highlight.
Although plastic bags, as well as paper bags, can be recycled in order to postpone running out of resources, the creation and destruction of the plastic releases CO2 or (Carbon Dioxide) into the air damaging the Earth’s atmosphere along with all the other horrific machinery emitting the same toxic and harmful gas. This is more popularly known as “Plastic Pollution”, one of the biggest causes of climate change. “An estimated 12 million barrels of oil are used to manufacture the 30 million plastic bags that Americans use each year.” (Durkin, 1 bag at a time) Factories creating and destroying these plastic bags have the some of the highest rates of CO2 emission. No matter how the plastic bag is disposed of, either way it will end up releasing the catastrophic chemicals that are killing our planet.
The author proves the falsehood of the long known assumption that plastic is a threat to our planet. By citing the research done by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the author convinces his readers that not only are plastic bags not harmful as people think, but also beneficial. This surprises his audience and shows them how exaggerated the cries of environmentalists, which gets the readers wondering what else have they falsely believed in and what other information are paper-bags advocates hiding from them, and that pulls them into the argument and intrigues them further. Additionally, Summers lists the harmful consequences of using reusable bags by presenting research results and observations. This alarms the audience and raises concern in their
Due to the proximal ban of plastic bags in California, Adam B. Summers argues the reasons why they should not be banned in his article, “Bag Ban Bad for Freedom and Environment”. In order to build his argument, Summers includes an effective use of factual data and evidence, relating to the audience, and appealing to the audience’s emotion.
Australians approximately use 6.9 billion plastic bags per year (Errata Nolan ITU, 2002). The high consumption of plastic bags highlights one outstanding issue. The adverse impact, consumption and disposal of plastic bags have towards the environment. This involves the resources used to make
To many, plastic bags are seen as malevolent and criminal, and heavy campaigns have been pushed into our communities to ban the use of them and enforce those beliefs, but in actuality, plastic bags aren’t as horrible as we make them out to be for
Each year there is an increase in demands for plastic bags, and therefore more are shipped, creating further environmental pollution concerns. This increase in demand has lead to the phenomenal upsurge in the use and misuse of plastic bags globally, both in developed and developing countries. Statistics show that 4 to 5 trillion plastic bags are produced per annum, whereby North America and Western Europe account for nearly 80% (Geographical, 2005; Reusable Bags, 2005). Cheeseman (2007) states that approximately “380 billion plastic shopping bags are used in the United States annually”; in turn, only 0.6% of this is recycled.
Introduction: Have you ever wanted to help the environment, but you just didn’t know how? When we go shopping we see a lot of people carrying bags made of plastic. I must admit; plastic bags can be very convenient at times, but the use of plastic bags has it disadvantages. If you knew about the dangers of the use of plastic bags, then I'm sure you will think twice about using plastic bags and use tote bags instead.
The first boomerang was made 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. It was the first man-made object that is heavier than air that flies and the most important feature of it is that it will return to the one who threw it. Only the men of the tribe were allowed to weld the boomerang, they used to it hunt birds and stun their prey. Another great invention the Aborigines created was the Woomera, that was created around 40,000 years ago. The Woomera was a spear thrower, it attached to the back end of the spear and would sling it almost three times further than a normal man could throw. This helped tremendously with hunting because they could be further away and not alert the animals. According to Lynda Delacey (2015), Thermoplastic resins was one of the most important inventions. The thermoplastic resin was made up of porcupine grass and grass trees. They would beat the resin out of the grass and clean it up then heat it. Heating it allowed them to mold it into any shape or form that they desire and once it cools it will soon harden. The resin is used for many things including in the making of spears.The resin will hold an arrowhead made from obsidian and or stone to a long wooden shaft. The resins is also used in the construction of the huts and
Five hundred billion used globally and one hundred billion of them end up in U.S. landfills, taking about one thousand years to decompose, but only 5.2 percent were recycled (Borrud, 2007, p.75).-These are the figures plastic bags have produced every year. Human beings invented plastic bags for the convenience of carriers and packers. However, just as other great inventions, say, nuclear energy and biotechnology, plastic bags are causing serious issues like global warming, environment pollution and energy consumption. They are gradually becoming sword towards ourselves. In responding to this problem, the city of San Francisco has become the trail blazer to prohibit non-biodegradable plastic bags in its large supermarkets and pharmacies.
Introduction (Lead-In): During carpet time the teacher will read to the students One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia by Miranda Paul. During the reading the teacher will ask the students various questions: Have you ever heard of the town that she is from? How does her community look different than ours? How does not recycling affect her community? Would you want to live in community like hers? Why? After the reading, group we will discuss how the plastic bags effected that girl’s community and if she didn’t action what would her community still look like.
Trashy Bags are a good representation about the Social Entrepreneurship Movement because they’re first investing in the social sector. These folks are exemplary visionary entrepreneurs because they’re using their company as a vehicle to fulfill social change. Trashy Bags is about getting something else in addition to their financial return for their efforts, it’s about the social impact they are making through this unique recycled product. This sustainable fashion brand turns recycled water bottles, plastic bags, and advertising posters into different 23 different types of bags. Their appeal and selling point are that they are returning their town’s recycled rubbish back into a usable product, and each bag being unique because they are handmade.