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Why we should avoid using Plastic Bags By Arne Osabel
How much Plastic Bags are consumed? According to EPA,Environmental Protection Agency “between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year”National Geographic News, September 2003
How much Plastic Bags are consumed? In Hadeed,4 Tons of plastic wastes are being produced by domestic consumption, 80% are plastic bags.Overconsumption of Solid Resources (Hadeed MSD), December 2009
Why should we avoid using Plastic Bags? Financial Reasons Environmental Reasons Health Reasons
Financial Reason “It costs SAR 15,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold for only SAR 120”Jared Blumenfeld, Director of San Francisco's Department of the Environment (original cost in USD) SAR 15,000 SAR 120 Consequence: Producing new plastic is preferred than recycling old ones
Financial Reason “Only 1% of plastic bags are recycled because it cost more to recycle than to produce a new one.”Xtian Science Monitor News Paper Consequence: More production than recycling by plastic companies.
Then… Environmental Reason “The real reason that the world's landfills weren't overflowing with plastic was because most of it ended up in an ocean-fill”U.S. National Academy of Sciences Consequence: Plastics floating in oceans are endangering marine life.
Then… Environmental Reason Plastic bag mistaken for food Plastic bag may cause suffocation Plastic bag causes death when eaten Plastic bag pollutes marine life
Then… Environmental Reason “Plastic bags have been found floating north of the Arctic Circle near Spitzbergen, and as far south as the Falkland Islands” British Antarctic Survey Easily blown and littered everywhere Ingested by wildlife Bags find their way into the sea via drains and sewage pipes http://www.cnn.com/tecnhology, November 2007 Plastic bags account for over 10% of the debris washed up on the U.S. coastline National Marine Debris Monitoring Program Reaches the north & south poles Blocks our drainage & goes to the seas
Then… Health Reason Over time they break down into smaller, more toxic petro-polymers CNN.com/tecnhology November 16, 2007
Then… Health Reason Plastic bags eventually contaminate soils and waterways CNN.com/tecnhology November 16, 2007
Then… Health Reason Heart Damage Liver Damage Petro-polymers are highly toxic and silent killers.
Then… Conclusion & Recommendation Financial Risks Environmental Risks How do we get rid of these risks? Health Risks Re-Use Plastic bags. Or best to avoid using it. Use clothe bags instead of plastic bags.