Consumption Of Single Use Plastic Bags Causing Damage to Fauna
Consumption Of Single-Use Plastic Bags
The data available today highlights the worsened consumption of single-use plastic bags. With an average of 238 units per person per year. Also, calculating that not even half of them reused again. This even if only as shopping bags. garbage, and only 10% end up in the yellow container to recycle.
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Each bag takes centuries to disintegrate, depositing on the ground and in the waters all the polluting elements that come from the refining of the oil used in its manufacture. A process in which large amounts of energy also consumed for each unit They emit around four grams of CO2 in their preparation. Contributing to the greenhouse effect and climate change.
Difficult To Reuse Plastic Bags
In addition, the fact that in the last 20 years the weight of the bags reduced by up to 75%. Also, makes it difficult to reuse them as garbage bags for domestic use. Therefore, favoring that they travel carried by the wind to fields and forests. Where they can take several centuries to disappear.
Causing Damage to Fauna
In other environments, such as rivers or the sea. They can resist up to 450 years, causing damage to fauna. Estimating that up to 100,000 marine animals (whales, seals, or turtles). Die each year from ingesting plastics. That they confuse with food, while many other species suffer serious threats from this cause. Since the plastic bags accumulated on the seabed prevent the growth of algae that sustain them.
Prohibit In Commercial Establishments
To tackle this problem, some countries prohibit the free delivery of bags in commercial establishments. Opting to charge them based on their size. Something similar happens in our country with certain supermarket chains. This resorts to economic reasons to dissuade their use. However, trying in this way to awaken the ecological awareness of the population.
Waste Plan to Replace Plastic Bags
In this regard, it should note that the new Waste Plan should aim to replace 70% of plastic bags by 2015. With others that allow recycling. That are biodegradable. As is the case of those made from cellulose or potato starch. And which decompose for the most part in less than 120 days.
Indiscriminate Consumption of Plastic Bags
Our company also wants to contribute to curbing the indiscriminate consumption of plastic bags. And for this reason, it has been involved in various awareness and sensitization campaigns.
As an example, we could cite:
Collaboration with the Association, which included the distribution, among the customers of the more than 100 commercial establishments attached to this Association the 15,000 one hundred percent reusable bags made from recycled polypropylene. The campaign titled This bag is in style. Because it is reusable and helps the environment.
Visits received at the Our company facilities. They constitute one of the target audiences, giving them a recycled paper bag with the slogan Reuse me. Trying to draw attention to the need to use it, as many times as possible. Before turn it into waste.
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