What do u think about plastic bags and bottles? Can we do without them?

Ban killer bags

Ever since I opened my eyes in this world, I have been so habitual of these thin plastic bags that I could never imagine I had been using something that is hazardous for both the environment and the people inhabiting the globe. Today, when I hear loud cries calling for a ban on plastic bags coming from all corners of the world, I realize it is really dangerous to depend on plastic for daily use. But I do wonder how I will be able to do away with this cheapest and lightest means of carrying my luggage. Plastic does makes life so easy, but it isn't worth spending your money on. Why? Let's see.

Plastic bags and bottles found here and there have been our greatest friends since ages. But, these friends of ours have been severely putting a strain on our environment. Have you ever realized this? Discarding plastic waste in open environment chokes water bodies, clogs soil pores, blocks the drainage system, with much of the waste ending up in the tummies of most fish and water animals. Not only this, the plastic waste when gets mixed and clogged with other waste emits harmful gases, which do us no good. If the same plastic becomes the food for fish, it only means death for them. I do not need to talk about how these fish decorate our dining table and satiate our hunger. So what we end up eating most of the time is toxic fish. Can we take that risk? I support the ban on plastic!

Say NO to Plastic

What can be done to reduce the side effects of plastic waste? Recycling of plastic is the best way to reduce the burden on the environment. Let's begin with saying no to using plastic bags first.

  • Take a jute or cotton bag along to the market is a good idea. This would mean rejecting the use of plastic bags.
  • Take a pledge not to throw plastic bottles and bags in open. Make use of the use-and-throw bottles after cleansing them and re-using them for some other purpose. A few years ago, I read about kids at the Richmond Visual Arts Center, who made the perfect use of wasted plastic bottles. They remodeled the plastic bottles into plastic bottle toys, making sure the plastic waste in their homes don't end up clogging the drains outside. WOW! That's a grand idea and the kids have shown their concern for the environment, which most of the present generation seems to ignore.
  • Make different uses of plastic, and if we cannot do without plastic, we can put them to use in more ways than one so that these do not pollute the outside environment. We can use these plastic bottles instead of penholders or piggybanks. Isn't that a good idea? While doing some good to the environment by supporting the ban on plastic, you would be saving a few dollars that would otherwise be spent on buying penholders, piggybanks, among others.

The most appropriate way to cleanse the environment is to discourage the manufacturing of plastic bags and bottles and completely support the ban on plastic. The government and legislating authorities must take strict action to support the anti-plastic movement and ban use of plastic.

New Delhi has taken this stand against plastic bags. The Delhi Government has banned plastic bags -- a step that will certainly help in restoring the degrading environment to some extent. Chandigarh is another city that has banned plastic bags in India.

Lets join hands together at least for the sake of our environment. Whatever steps we take to support the ban on plastic will be helping our generation and the coming generations as well. Are we ready to take up the cudgels against the use of plastic?

What are you doing to support the ban on plastic?

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ratnaveera 8 years ago from Cumbum

Dear friend, I am very happy to note your thought against the wide use of plastics in our life. It is cent per cent sure that they are making a irrecoverable pollution to our earth. I am also strongly believing about the medical harms done by them. But luckily I am having some experience with this plastics. You can see this in my next hub. Once again thank you for this wonderful hub.


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The Indexer 8 years ago from UK

A town in Devon (UK) has banned plastic bags entirely! All shopkeepers in the town have vowed not to use plastic bags, and shoppers must take their own bags with them, just like we all used to do! They have also produced a "safe" shopping bag that is available very cheaply and which people are encouraged to use. Other towns have noted this experiment with interest and some are following suit.

Many supermarkets now use biodegradable bags that simply fall apart (into thousands of pieces!) after six months or so. Others will take back used bags for recycling. Many shops now only give you a plastic bag if you ask for one.

As for bottles, there are bottle banks everywhere these days, so nobody has an excuse not to recycle!


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bhalla_neet 8 years ago from Delhi Author

What a great achievement Devon has made, I should say. Other places should follow suite, but you know sir its not that easy. Because poor and developing countries cannot think of anything other than plastics, however, they should think on recycling waste first and then later follow DEVON.

Thanks for the reply.


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EcoManiac 8 years ago from London

I heard a report on the radio yesterday that we're now in a new geological age. The sand on the beach is now made up of high levels of plastic, and chemical contamination of the soil is practically everywhere. This has been going on since the industrial age, but now the impact is literally worldwide. Plastic bottles and bags don't break down easily. Plastic islands are floating in the oceans, causing trauma and death to fish and wildlife. This stuff does not disappear - we have to stop using it. It's an easy thing to give up, especially plastic bags. Just get in the habit of carrying a few cloth bags in your handbag. More towns and regions are banning plastic bags in the UK. I also predict a return to the flask, so people can take a drink with them. It does mean some washing up, but surely that's better than finding out your bottle has ended up in a whale's tummy.

Miranda at TheAccidentalEcoManiac.com


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bhalla_neet 8 years ago from Delhi Author

Dear Miranda, you have beautifully brought the hazardous

 impact of plastic on life. I wish all of us 

started being careful against using plastic bags 

and bottles.

 


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The Indexer 8 years ago from UK

I would be interested to know just how easy it is for people in various parts of the world to re-cycle. Where I live, we have a fortnightly collection of recyclable waste (glass bottles and paper), with non-recyclable waste being collected in the alternate weeks. Just a few yards from my home are recycling bins for plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans. A short drive away are facilities for recycling cardboard, garden waste, clothing, household appliances and computers. We recycle our own food waste in a "wormery" and garden waste via a compost heap and shredder. It really is not difficult to be eco-friendly, but the same may not be the case where you live!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

In my sector of the city, trash pickup is free, but we have to pay for recyclables to be picked up. So, I drive my recycling to the free collection bins 2 miles away on my way to work or shopping.


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bhalla_neet 8 years ago from Delhi Author

You are absolutely right sir, its not that easy here in my country as we donot have

facilities in abundance, however, DELHI , where i m currently putting up has some recycling stations. but u know its not easy to be eco-friendly. people here don't bother about wat is happening. Moreover, with such a vast number of illiterate people, its difficult 2 awaken them 2 b careful 4 environment. moreover, when poverty rules the roost here nobody cares 4 environment. When people have 2 fight for 

making their two ends meet, who will show that care 4 environment.

We don't even have that technology at home to recycle 

on a large scale. There are places

where the garbage keeps lying in d streets, rotting n 

further polluting d surroundings.

You are doing a good job at ur place for the sake of 

environment.

 


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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

Great hub..I hope it helps.......I take my own bags to do my shopping which is the least i can do to help..


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Great hub to present to the world. The more different ways we see these types of articles the more chances that it will be the right lingo for some to understand that this type of abuse of our planet can't go on like this any more. regards Zsuzsy


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solarcaptain 8 years ago from california

Your hubs are always great to read. Thanks for the comments you made, you will be receiving a review of your site soon.

This one is particularly dear to my heart, I have seen the results of plastic in the oceans as those bags ensnarl anything that comes within their range. The beautiful brown Pelican is vulnerable as it dives to catch fish. Dolphins are just curious about everything and when they investigate they are doomed to a horrible death. Whales eat the bags and die.

I don't think people want to kill our animal friends on purpose. It's just that the people who profit from such trash also play on our need for comfort and labor saving conveniences.

It is good to see that kids are more aware of what needs to be done to save our planet. While their elders paved the way for a better life, somewhere along the way we forgot that a better life may not be what was sold to us.

I was lucky enough to have had grandparents who lived a rural life, free of smog and hordes of people mucking up everything. Our institutions continue to act like the population that is growing exponentially poses no threat, but the quality of life is suffering, the earth is beginning to fight back in a war that man cannot win.

People still talk as if global warming is somewhat of concern, MAYBE, in the future. Are we blind that we cannot see the oceans dying. new plagues we haven't got a name for, and whole cities, worldwide, threatened and destroyed by weather such as rarely seen on the planet.

And yet, people still ignore the places already inundated with water, frantic animals with no place to turn to escape, and native Alaskans driven from homes that passed from generation to generation for hundreds of years, gone under the water in less than 24 months. Most of the glaciers have melted.

Now it seems everyone wants to debate if there is a problem. there is no time.

The planet will see the decline of 0il on a large scale in just 40 years. Yet our leaders go to the oil sheiks and beg for more oil, which they do not have. They don't increase oil because they are running out. We have depleted in 150 years what it took nature millions of years to produce.

What a great opportunity to gather the people of the world to change our filthy skies, our dying oceans, and create friendly places for wild animals to live in peace. I'm afraid the future is bleak, where only the wealthy live through winter and the skies become increasingly dark with air that is nearly impossible to breath.

By the way, I went back to the cloth bags granny used for shopping and it's not so bad. I just hang them in the kitchen for ready use.

Take care. and thank you again


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solarcaptain 8 years ago from california

Your hubs are always great to read. Thanks for the comments you made, you will be receiving a review of your site soon.

This one is particularly dear to my heart, I have seen the results of plastic in the oceans as those bags ensnarl anything that comes within their range. The beautiful brown Pelican is vulnerable as it dives to catch fish. Dolphins are just curious about everything and when they investigate they are doomed to a horrible death. Whales eat the bags and die.

I don't think people want to kill our animal friends on purpose. It's just that the people who profit from such trash also play on our need for comfort and labor saving conveniences.

It is good to see that kids are more aware of what needs to be done to save our planet. While their elders paved the way for a better life, somewhere along the way we forgot that a better life may not be what was sold to us.

I was lucky enough to have had grandparents who lived a rural life, free of smog and hordes of people mucking up everything. Our institutions continue to act like the population that is growing exponentially poses no threat, but the quality of life is suffering, the earth is beginning to fight back in a war that man cannot win.

People still talk as if global warming is somewhat of concern, MAYBE, in the future. Are we blind that we cannot see the oceans dying. new plagues we haven't got a name for, and whole cities, worldwide, threatened and destroyed by weather such as rarely seen on the planet.

And yet, people still ignore the places already inundated with water, frantic animals with no place to turn to escape, and native Alaskans driven from homes that passed from generation to generation for hundreds of years, gone under the water in less than 24 months. Most of the glaciers have melted.

Now it seems everyone wants to debate if there is a problem. there is no time.

The planet will see the decline of 0il on a large scale in just 40 years. Yet our leaders go to the oil sheiks and beg for more oil, which they do not have. They don't increase oil because they are running out. We have depleted in 150 years what it took nature millions of years to produce.

What a great opportunity to gather the people of the world to change our filthy skies, our dying oceans, and create friendly places for wild animals to live in peace. I'm afraid the future is bleak, where only the wealthy live through winter and the skies become increasingly dark with air that is nearly impossible to breath.

By the way, I went back to the cloth bags granny used for shopping and it's not so bad. I just hang them in the kitchen for ready use.

Take care. and thank you again


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agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

Good hub I like it. I'm interested in recycling or reusing of polluting materials, including plastic bottles. I've written some hubs about them, and some more to come.


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MercuryNewsOnline 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Your article gives engergy and inspiration to all of us who are very much concerned about the degradation of our environment and the pollution generated by plastics and non-biodegradable waste products.

Plastic water bottles and softdrink containers are mass produced by big conglomerates and multinational corporations who are more concerned about profits than protecting our fragile environment.


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solarcaptain 6 years ago from california

There is hope yet That the know nothing's and the hide your head in the sand crowd will be partially won over as individuals who can no longer ignore the violence, disease, and other insults to the Maker of our planet, whom we all profess to love and stand up for.

I will be one who did little but weep. Our country, finally may have an energy policy by the end of the year. It all seems to just drag on. While there are those who have put their lives on the line, such as Green Peace, Many universities are at the front of the battle to find and identify the toxic pathogens brought about by our new alchemists' who need time, which is becoming more scarce

and way ahead of the shaman, the high priest, or the simple

minded.

The 60's and 70's got the folk. out then capitulated en- mass, when the cost became to high, the drugs weren't free anymore, and people died from cracked heads or a guardsman's bullet. Finally, fear set in. Only the insane hitched free rides anymore. Parents came looking for kids they identified as "just having a good time before growing up."

Some of these former idealists have never given up on seeing the planet with clear sky and clean water, all working as one to heal the unfortunate damage caused by greed and ignorance.


Alyssa 5 years ago

I am a Senior in High school and i am working on a project. My project is to ban paper and plastic bags.

i have to have the problem.

alternative policies.

public polices

and my action plan.

the problem is its killing earth, other species, and people.

i plan on charging people for plastic bags and encouraging people to bring their own reusable cloth bag by giving them a discount.

what i would want to happen is have NO plastic bags. and make a law on banning them for good in all across Oregon. Oregon is not Green enough. we need to go Greener!


Delia 4 years ago

i wish the plastic bags would go for good!!


rythm_indian 4 years ago

please friends help me friends right about why shouldn't we use plastic i have a debate tommorow.


sg ybds 4 years ago

not nice

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