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Why We Should Avoid Using Plastic Bags

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    Why We Should Avoid Using Plastic Bags Why We Should Avoid Using Plastic Bags Presentation Transcript

    • Outline
      • How much plastic bags are consumed? -Worldwide
      • How much plastic bags are consumed? –in Hadeed
      • Why should we avoid using plastic bags?
      • Financial Reason
      • Environmental Reason
      • Health Reason
      • Conclusion & Recommendation
      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.
    • End of Presentation