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Why We Should Avoid Using Plastic Bags

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  • 1. Outline
    • How much plastic bags are consumed? -Worldwide
    • 2. How much plastic bags are consumed? –in Hadeed
    • 3. Why should we avoid using plastic bags?
    • 4. Financial Reason
    • 5. Environmental Reason
    • 6. Health Reason
    • 7. Conclusion & Recommendation
    Why we should avoid using Plastic Bags
    By Arne Osabel
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Why should we avoid using Plastic Bags?
    Financial Reasons
    Environmental Reasons
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. Then…
    Environmental Reason
    Plastic bag
    mistaken for food
    Plastic bag
    may cause suffocation
    Plastic bag causes death when eaten
    Plastic bag
    pollutes marine life
  • 15. 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
  • 16. Then…
    Health Reason
    Over time they break down into smaller, more toxic petro-polymers
    CNN.com/tecnhology November 16, 2007
  • 17. Then…
    Health Reason
    Plastic bags eventually contaminate soils and waterways
    CNN.com/tecnhology November 16, 2007
  • 18. Then…
    Health Reason
    Heart Damage
    Liver Damage
    Petro-polymers are highly toxic and silent killers.
  • 19. Then…
    Conclusion & Recommendation
    Environmental Risks
    How do we get rid of these risks?
    Re-Use Plastic bags.
    Or best to avoid using it.
    Use clothe bags instead of plastic bags.
  • 20. End of Presentation