Plastic bags should be banned from grocery stores. I often go to the store and buy 1 or 2 items and I am given so many bags. I feel that we have become an extremely wasteful society. If we could just say no to plastic bags we would be slowing down the waste in landfills. It takes a little more effort to remember to carry reusable bags in the car but it is worth saving our environment. I am proud to say that my young daughters have said no to the plastic bag when they have bought something from the store that they can easily carry in their hand. My efforts this year is to use reusable bags, no plastic water bottles and continue composting.
yes i belive that grocery bags should be bannned because they are dumped in a land fill for hundreds and or thousaond of years. Also animals could me hungry and eat the plastic and die and that is animal crulelty which I personaly am not that fond of. Also paper bag could make less polution and you can reuse them and they can hold more and not break i also belive that they dont break as easy. I also belive that colth bags are the best source of all because they can hold a ton of food and never break also they can be reasued many time and you can spend money one time to buy a cloth and get a discount which actualy save you money insted of spending money on paper bag. More about paper bags are that you can recycle them which goes to make more so you are actualy reusing them so it is like the some as buying a cloth bag because you are reusing them over and over again. And all you have to do to keep the cloth bags is put them in the back of your car and whenever you go to the store you just take them in the store with you and then you have them and then when you get home you can empty them and put them back in your car to reause them. And if you are buying cold or hot food and you want to keep the food cold or hot you can buy a cold or hot bag and that you can even use for regular temputure food and it will still stay that temputure and that that bag can be washed out and use it as many times and you want and it will never break down. And the last thing i have to say is that the U.S. could also save a ton of money if they didnt buy plastic bags from other places. Those our my pourposes for why plastic bags should be banned in grocery stores!
plastic has very aderse effect on the environment.As we all know that is is a non biodegradeble waste , it can not be decomposed by bacteria in the soil.plastic bag is an environmental hazard, but it occupies a very important place in our live. people findvery eay and convenient for their use but they never think of their adverse effects.fromout side it looks harmless . thinner plastic bags are more harmful. if we burn them , plastic bags will produce harmful gase. Plastic bags are also harmful for animals .Because when animals consume it can die. at last i want to say we should use paper bags instead of plastic bags to save our environent.
There are so few plastic bags that are actually recycled and turned into usable products. Most are tossed into the garbage and will sit in landfills slowly breaking down and taking up space. The alternative of fabric bags are a reusable option that are better on the environment. Grocery stores can reduce their costs by selling reusable bags and not spending the money on producing plastic bags. They will also be providing a service to the environment.
I believe that because if we don't worry about the environment that it will be too late to help. When you go to the beach you often see a lot of pollution just sitting there that washed up on shore and all of those plastic bags are being mistaken for food and animals are eating them and dying. If we really wanted to help save the environment and help save the animals from becoming endangered then you would start using paper bags MORE. Only 1% of people worldwide are recycling and that means that only 1% of people in the world care and are trying to make a difference in the world. Some could argue that people forget to bring their bags to the store but if they wanted to help save our environment they wouldn't just forget because its on their mind to save the environment. Plastic bags are most common form of trash there is and that's why I think that we should cut down on our usage of harmful plastic bags.
Plastic bags don't harm the global warming but it does harm the ennvironment. Plastic bags are nondegrendable. It takes over 100 billion years to degrend. Marine animals and birds died each year by choking on plastic bag posing it as it is food. I would prefer using candid bags more.
Plastic bags kill many sea creatures and pollute land fills. Plus it is annoying how many times they break with all your food is in them. How hard is is to remember a regular cotton bag. Plus they look disgusting in our environment. I think they should out law the bags for all of these reasons
Plastic bags are not biodegradable, therefore it takes thousands of years to dissolve into just smaller pieces, so pretty much every marine creature that sees a plastic bag thinks that it is prey and eat it and die. So imagine every plastic bag that you have eve thrown out, makes you a murderer of sea creature.
We have seen the evidence of the harm these bags can do to the animals ,the fish and the other wildlife. We know that if a charge was imposed by supermarkets then the usage would be reduced by up to 90%
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There are alternatives to the plastic bag. People can bring reusable bags to the store to use. There is no use for the plastic anymore. We throw them away when we're done using them, and they can be caught on trees, left on the side of the road, or can get caught on animals. There is no use for these things anymore.
They are bad and many animals die. They are bad for the environment. Most shops make you pay for them. Plastic bags are usually used only only. Plastic bags use up a lot of fossil fuels and can harm and poison water ways, such as lakes, rivers, and streams. Oceans contain a lot of plastic bags and also cog water ways.
Plastic bags kill turtles, and other marine life. Paper bags production, like all paper production is very toxic. We should be using reusable canvas bags. This requires a little more planning, but if you forget, you can always buy more. We also should be working toward standard reusable deposit carryout containers.
Almost every person in this world buys something which is given to them packed with plastic bags. After they use their items they throw the plastic bags.
We can see plastic bags roaming here and there on the ground. If animals eat this plastic their respiration stops due to the blocking of the plastic in it's throat leading to the quick loss in the population in the world.
Save animals ban the plastic bags.!!!!
Even a young child could think it is a hat and die. Emagen what pain they would go through sufocating alive. Possibly even eldery people could die if they are blind and perhaps mistake the plastic bag as a hat funny but true. It is destroying our environment and killing our animals. Who would wan't that?
As today we don not've any solution for plastic bags, we can not recycle them, are too much dangerous for health of our environment. In case of burning them, it will result in alot of extraction of carbon mono oxide which is a very strong green house gas and is continuosly causing global warming. So plastic bags should be banned.
Plastic bags are responsible for deaths of marine species and motor accidents. Animals can get caught in plastic bags and suffocate or die. Not only do they litter our streets but they degrade very slowly. It takes 100-120 years for them to degrade. They fill up our landfills; 13 billion plastic bags that are handed to consumers end up in land fill. More than 50% of plastic is in our landfills.
Plastic bags are very harmful for the environment. They need over 100 years to rot. And if the grocery stores don't stop selling and giving people plastic bags, people would not use them many times. Most of them will just throw them away and buy the plastic bags once again. Also, if we don't stop selling or giving people the bags, people would not know about the seriousness.
Although plastic bags are more convenient for carrying things but most of us today agree on the fact that they are really harmful for our ecosystem. Does anyone know how our people of older generation used to carry goods? They used to carry things mostly in baskets made up of cane, plastic or wood. They also used cloth bags for carrying things. In my opinion those people were wiser than us. If we really want our ecosystem to get better, we should abandon the use of plastic bags. Our government should make a rule that all the supermarkets and stores should not give any type of bag to the customer. The customer should bring his own cloth bag or a basket from home to the shops and markets for carrying stuff. Only in this way we could get rid of the ‘plastic bag’. If it really happens, we will definitely see a great positive change in our environment.
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They pollute the earth, its water courses and damage marine and other animal life upon which we all depend. They encourage people to be lazy and nannied by our supermarkets. We take our money when we go shopping so why not take a bag too as people once did before they were encouraged not to think for themselves?
Current plastic bag use and disposal, both by consumers and through waste management activities, not only create environmental problems, but also reinforce the perception of a wasteful society. Plastic bags as litter create a visual pollution problem, and affect our aquatic wildlife, while the heavy reliance on ‘disposable’ plastic bags by the Malaysian consumer raises questions of resource consumption and resource efficiency. Many of the grocery stores use the plastic bags as a tool to keep the things easy to carrying. Plastic bags aren’t just at the grocery store, there everywhere, landfills, the oceans and lakes, hanging on trees around our neighborhoods and suffocating wildlife. As a human being, I’m agreeing that plastic bags should be banned permanently. This is because plastic bags are not biodegradable, so where ever people leave them, they will stay, forever.
Firstly, they use up natural resources to make the plastic bags. The most common plastic bags you see today are made from polyethylene. This material is made from crude oil and natural gas. "Every time we use a new plastic bag they go and get more petroleum from the Middle East and bring it over in tankers," said Stephanie Barger, executive director of Earth Resource Foundation in Costa Mesa, California. "We are extracting and destroying the Earth to use a plastic bag for 10 minutes." It shows that the plastic bags didn’t bring any benefits to environmental but we use the natural resources not to a right ways.
Moreover, they harm wildlife and marine life. Plastic bags are now ubiquitous in our environment, and animals both on land and in water are being strangled, choked and killed by them. Plastic bags are now the fifth most common debris item found on beaches.
Meanwhile, Planet Ark, an international environmental group, estimates that, worldwide, 100,000 whales, seals, turtles and other marine animals are killed by plastic bags each year. This senseless act is killing innocent sea animals at an
The 'great garbage patch' in the oceans are scary to even think about. Google it. Fish eat that, then get eaten by fish you eat. Yum. Also I know we're all busy people and plastic bags are "handy & convenient" but taking cloth bags can be made a normal everyday thing. We just have to stop being LAZY! Not even three years ago I was doing anything I could to save a penny, even cutting out plastic bags for that small discount and taking self made cloth bags. It's not hard. It can become ritualistic behavior, like taking out the garbage. I didn't have a car so I walked with a tote. Now that I do have a car. So I simply put them back in the car when I get home. No, It will not cost anyone more money for cloth or damage the environment more due to "hearing sheep". Because you only need 6-8 cloth bags for a family, Ever. What is it normally, 300 plastic bags a year? I've never counted but that sounds right. Not to mention how much less strain it puts on your arms. The weight of items in a cloth bag with a cardboard bottom is more evenly distributed than a plastic bag. Ooh comfort. Bottom line, plastic is bad for the environment and it's a bad habit we've put ourselves in. It wont fix the environment over night but it will help. So let's get these useless oil sucking, animal killing, ocean polluting, plastic bags banned.
It is a question of life and death!A question of a green or a barren world.Sick,deformed and dead people,animals,plants and therefore a toxic atmosphere.
It is very hard to change and to have the population change but we just have to.How about the system they have in some countries like Sweden and Norway?Where first they separate the reusable stuff from the no usable stuff.And the rest gets burnt and from that they make electricity?Of course the best thing is to ban completely the use of plastic.
I think that the plastic bags and bottles should be banned because everyday thousands of animals die from mistaking plastic for food. Tons of plastic gets dumped on the sides of roads, oceans, rivers, and more all the time. It's just a waste of money. You could be using PAPER bags and REUSABLE bottles. Almost 90% of the plastic bottles we "recycle" dont realy get recycled. Did you know that bottled water is 2,000 times thet price of at home tap water? Think about that.
The amount of waste we produce is growing exponentially. We need to start reducing our waste and reuse more. By using bags more than once we can reduce this. They also clog our cities water systems and raise havoc with our water treatment plants. Plastic takes longer to biodegrade compared to paper or cotton.
Plastic bags should be banned from grocery stores. Due to the following reasons:
.Plastic bags clog gutters and storm drains, causing water and sewage to overflow and become a breeding ground for disease-causing germs, bacteria and insects.
.Plastics are made out of petroleum and natural gas, increasing our dependence on finite fossil fuel supplies.
.Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, birds, whales, and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.
.Plastic bags take 400 - 1,000 years to degrade. Each bit of plastic behaves like a sponge, soaking up toxic chemicals like PCB's and DDT, which can contaminate soil, water, and animals that mistakenly eat the plastic bits.
There are so few plastic bags that are actually recycled and turned into usable products. Most are tossed into the garbage and will sit in landfills slowly breaking down and taking up space. The alternative of fabric bags are a reusable option that are better on the environment. Grocery stores can reduce their costs by selling reusable bags and not spending the money on producing plastic bags. They will also be providing a service to the environment.
-The United States uses an estimated 12 million barrels of oil annually to make plastic bags. Using less plastic helps minimize our dependency on petroleum.
-Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every 5 minutes.
-plastic bags often end up in our bodies of water and in our landscape, degrading our water and soil quality,
-they aren’t pretty to look at when they are stuck in trees and fences
-you might only use a plastic bag for a couple of minutes, but after it is disposed of, a plastic bag will never be able to break down or biodegrade.
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a pile of plastic garbage in the ocean that scientists estimate its size to be at least twice the area of Texas; many ocean animals mistake this plastic for food.
-while most plastic bags are recyclable, very few bags actually make it to the recycling bin
-less plastic bags means less litter and pollution; taxpayers are the ones who pay for litter to be picked up. Let us put our tax money towards other areas where it is needed.
-plastic bag litter can clog drainage systems
There are extremely few cases where plastic bags from grocery stores are reused and not thrown in the garbage. They are constantly thrown in the air or in water and many creatures die because of some peoples' simple laziness or carelessness. The ban of plastic bags would indeed save money for customers and grocery stores.
Their convenience is significantly outweighed by their negative consequences.
Our plastic consumption has gotten so bad that enormous swaths of ocean are being compromised, not to mention my backyard.
It is not hard to get your groceries home without using plastic bags. I encourage you to give it a try!
Prevention is better than cure. It should be banned as there is so much littering problem in all major metros of world like London, NYC, Toronto, New Delhi, Paris, Tokyo etc. People should change their habits to make upcoming generations sustainable otherwise it will be too late. Also we need to use less water as only 3% water is available for life and 95% of water goes waste in flushing, cleaning and all.
It's really bad for our environment. By using the plastic grocery bags, it increases the garbage, and it is also causes damage to our water. Therefore, we should not using plastic bags, and maintain a good environment for our next generation. There are many other reusable bags for our groceries.
Have you ever just tossed away a plastic bag? Well, it is extremely bad for the environment. When you carelessly toss away the bags, a number of things could happen, such as killing animals, contributing to global warming, and wasting resources. First of all, countless animals die every year from ingesting plastic bags. Dolphins, birds, deer... The list goes on. Then, there's the fact that these bags contribute to global warming. Some may say that paper bags produce 50% more pollution than plastic bags, but the weakness to that is that they can be recycled. Plastic bags are NOT biodegradable. Lastly, plastic bags waste resources. 10% of the world's oil is wasted on plastic bags. Also, Americans toss out 100 billion plastic bags each year. This is a humongous waste. In conclusion, America should ban plastic bags.
Some people think that paper bags use up too much wood. While I agree with that, we will lose more trees to global warming if we do not fix it. People cutting down trees will replant. Global Warming cutting down trees wont replant. Also, some people say that the fertilizers people use to grow trees releases carbon, but the trees would fix that. 100 BILLION plastic bags are thrown away a year.
Many people have already started banning these bags, and I think most people should. For example, I went to a Publix one time and they had fabric bags for sale. I have accumulated a lot of fabric bags, which some people say is as bad as making the bags, but simple things can be devised to remember to bring reusable bags. For example, I keep all of these bags in my car, and they can have other applications besides carrying things. Overall, banning plastic bags is not a bad idea but I think that scientists could probably invent a bag that would be reusable, and compostable.
Plastic bags are the most common form of trash. Each year we throw out over 100 billion bags because only 1% are recycled. Also, it is a waste of resources, by using 10% of our oil supply, which can be used for the next generation. People can say paper bags create at least 50% more air and water pollution but you do not have to use plastic either.
We need to control the problem of global warming and the wasting of our natural resources. Don't you get angry sometimes when you see how high gas prices are these days? Well, plastic bags use up gas that could be in your car instead. Also it isn't that hard to throw a few bags in your car for when you go shopping. We need to protect the world we are living in because right now there is nowhere else for us to go.
If we don't get rid of plastic bags this world is only going to get worse and it is going to kill the planet. Getting rid of bags would be useful because it would reduce under population, and it would make less global warming and no one would think that 2012 would happen again. In conclusion I think that plastic bags should be banished from every corner of the world to show that we care about the world.
"Stores are charging for plastic bags." San Francisco is the 1st city to ban plastic bags. I'm pretty sure more states are going to start banning plastic bags, like Connecticut. Plastic bags are biodegradable. 100 billion plastic bags are thrown out every year. If the enviorment is dirty then that means that the air is polluted. If we ban plastic bags then the enviroment would be alot cleaner. If we keep polluting the world with plastic bags then we will see sea creatures going around with their heads stuck in the bags. Then if we try to save them it would cost even more money. Even though paper bags cost more energy to make, they are a lot safer for the enviorment. If you think that you won't have to live until the day that we will have to suffer, then think of the next generation. Do you want kids in the next generation to suffer because we didnt ban plastic bags?
Plastic bags fill our landfills. People throw away plastic bags more than anything else. Plastic bags cannot decompose, therefore they take up space in our landfills! 100 billion are thrown away every year! If we had paper bags our world would be a much safer place. Please use paper bags. They are the best way to make our world a bit greener!
If we keep producing plastic bags, then we'll cause a lot of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. This will harm the environment badly. Also, plastic bags are not biodegradable, which means that plastic bags cannot decompose. If we keep doing this, there's not going to be that much more room for landfill. And plastic bags have caused many animals to die due to getting caught up into them.
Plastic bags have been killing the environment for to long. We need to stop using plastic bags and the only way to do that is banning them in the US. Banning plastic bags will help everyone and keep our world green. Be green and don't use plastic bags. Be green.
Animals can be caught in traps and can die. Also, they are harmful to the environment, and the environment is already bad enough as it is. Over the years there will just be more and more plastic bags and the situation will only get worse. Plastic bags need to be banned!
Plastic bags cause many environmental difficulties including pollution. People can use canvas or cloth bags. Plastic bags are just terrible, they choke animals, and they never ever decompose. Do the right thing. Some may argue that it is just an inconvenience. However, just use a backpack or canvas bag to tote your stuff.
Plastic bags cause much environmental difficulties including pollution. People can use canvas or cloth bags.
Plastic bags are just terrible, they choke animals, and they never ever decompose. Do the right thing. Some may argue that it is just an inconvenience. However, just use a back pack or canvas bag to tote your stuff.
Haven't you heard? Plastic bags can cause a lot of harm to the environment. That is why I think that plastic bags should be banned from shopping stores, most likely grocery stores. Plastic bags are the most common form of trash. 100 billion bags are trashed each year. That's very much harm to the environment. Plastic bags are not biodegradable. For all you know it could take 1,000 years for the plastic bag you threw away yesterday to decompose, and then it might not even decompose. The plastic bags at your grocery stores are costing you even more money than you really should be spending! The average family spends about $200 to $400 a week on groceries. That doesn't help the economy now, plus the fee for tax, and the fee of the bags. So far, on this page, 51% of people say yes we should ban plastic bags. Also, 97% of people don't wash their bags. Easily that can cause e coli, a bacteria that can be very harmful to your family and house. This may cause death. What do you think of that? Yes some may argue that paper bags take more energy to create, or that they cause 50% more water and air pollution but that doesn't mean that the plastic bag is good. Think about it. If you have a reusable bag at your home you cause less harm to your family and community. Say yes to banning plastic bags.
Plastic bags are a blight on our landscapes and an abomination in and on our streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and oceans. Plastic bags encourage irresponsible behavior by those who can be easily discouraged from continuing to use these devices which bring harm to plants, wildlife and every human on the planet.
If we use paper bags instead of plastic bags than that will help the environment because we can reuse the paper bags, the plastic ones will only harm the environment because they dont decompose and cant quite be reused the same as paper. We can plant trees to make up for the trees cut down to make the paper bags and this all in all would be benneficial for our environment, and not effect our economy in a bad way at all.
Banning plastic bags from grocery stores does not deal with the fact that the bags are being produced initially. The production of bags should be banned from the source and then there is no issue with how to deal with them. Paper and reusable bags will have be used instead.
The oil used to make plastic bags takes up to 1,000 years to degrade. I Fact, they do not actually completely degrade. They photo degrade. When something photo degrades it breaks up into little fragments, then absorbs toxins around it and contaminates water ways and soil. This can even put ourselves in danger depending on the water system someone uses for their home. Also, The oil used to make plastic bags can fuel our cars. For every plastic bag made, the oil could be used to run a car 11 meters. That may not seem like a lot, but 1 million plastic bags are used every minute. You do the math and see how the result. It ends up being that a car could run 15.84 billion meters everyday which turns into 9.9 million miles everyday. If that were the case, then less oiling and fracking would occur which would then lead to less oil spills and less damage to what little natural world we have left.
I think they should be banned cause an animals get ill from eating the plastic and another kind of living thing can get ill. And its harmful to the environment so thats what my opinion is i hoped it helped
you understand u can argue but i like this opinion the best good job i love animals so i woul dnever harm an aniaml
Plastic bags & water bottles are on the edge of being banned. I think that the plastic bags should be banned from grocery stores, because they are filling all of our landfills and they are polluting our atmosphere. One day our atmosphere will be no more. Paper is harder to produce, but as I explained earlier, they are filling all of our landfills and they are polluting our atmosphere.
Plastic bags should be banned, because they endanger wildlife and pollute the oceans. They don't decompose and stay around for a very long time. People can supply their own shopping bags. In other countries they do that already for quite a while.It is an obsession in the US to wrap everything in plastic!
Plastic bags are used to carry our shopping, sure, but what happens when you've unloaded all your goods and seemingly dispose of the bag? The world is littered with them. Not once have I strolled through a park without having to gasp upon the accumulated piles of plastic bags flailing in the wind or belching from the clogged up drains. It is a waste of plastic, a mess of our earth, and essentially a killing machine for our marine life. Plastic bags drift through the ocean, baby turtles mistake them for jelly fish, force them down their throats, and then suffer an excruciating choking death. What do you value more? The lives and health of animals or the futile convenience plastic bags offer?
I'm in debate and we are working on why or why not that we should ban the use of plastic bags. I agree with you. We should ban the use of plastic bags. First of all they can make a lot of pollution and waste a lot of them. Second they could kill little children.
Plastic bags appear like Jellyfish in water, therefore clogging the digestive tracts and killing many animals. Animals that eat Jellyfish are, Sea Turtles, Sea Slugs, ocean Sunfish, Snails, Seabirds, Rockfish, Baleen Whales, other Jellyfish and Humans. I have witnessed the devastating effects with Pilot whales stomachs filled with plastic causing death. Many Sea turtles ingest plastic bags daily causing death. You might argue that you are landlocked, how would your plastic bags reach waterways? I do not think people intend on purposely throwing their waste into the oceans and lakes, that is just where it ends up. That is why there are huge mile wide garbage islands floating around out in the oceans. Please use reusable bags for your shopping, it will make a difference!
Plastic bags are hazardous for the environment. The excuse of being too forgetful is not good enough. I believe that after a few fails, one would remember to bring their cloth bags. Here in B.C. They charge 5cents a bag. That 5cents sure adds up quickly at the end of the day. Its all about the profit... Its rather disgusting. Ban bags! We, the people, should be doing what we can to help heal the earth... Not complain because we are lazy.
Yes plastic bags should be banned. There is no need for them. We need to save our environment. I personally work at a grocery store and I can not stand how much bags are being used daily. People are not thinking of the consequences and what will happen to the environment.
Unless people are forced to stop using plastic shopping bags by means of legislation will never happen. Also, it will greatly reduce the manufacture of these plastic bags.
People need to learn new habits and if they don't do this willingly, legislators must make this happen to protect our planet.
Plastic bags are not only non-biodegradable but also poisonous for land living and marine animals ....
They block waterways, spoil landforms as they take more than a hundred years to decompose and continue to pollute land and air. Finally, producing plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum that could be used for transportation or heating.
Plastic bags are a waste, and litter the streets,sidewalks, and lots of other places, like many oceans. They don't do us much good,anyway. I mean,paper bags are reusable, AND can be recycled, so they work perfectly. My mom has a few at home, and she brings the reusable bags whenever she goes shopping.
It´s just not environmentally sustainable to keep using plastic bags. Plastic needs to be avoided as much as possible because it NEVER BREAKS DOWN. The solution is to force us to buy our own re-usable bags for shopping. And to legalize hemp which can be used to create bio-degradable plastics. There are other solutions. Corporations want to keep us addicted to oil and products made from petroleum like plastic for their own profits. This is insane because it´s polluting our water, air, etc. Providing plastic bags in stores just sends a bad message, it makes people lazy. Makes the problem of pollution seem like it´s not an issue, when it is actually one of the most important issues.
I say that plastic bags are dangerous to man young children they should be banned because the us says that they have killed many young children because they have chocked on them and sufacated from them being in their mouth and over there faces many people say reusable bags are better because it is hard for children to do all the following
In reference to the Thurston county bag ban, people are already signing the potions and banning there bags permanently in stores. Plastic bags can travel hundreds of miles, most of them end up in the ocean and this kills sea creatures and pollutes their natural habitat. Why use plastic bags when you could use reusable and paper bags
The gyres in the pacific ocean, the deaths of indicator species, the Albatross due to plastic consumption, whales that ingest significant plastic and have died related to this issue, the unsightliness of plastic bag litter across the countryside. European countries have effectively and successfully reduced plastic bag use and citizens state that it has improved the aesthetics of their landscape and reduced waste.
Plastic itself is a threat to the environment; it degrades soil, if buried, degrades environment if burned.
These plastic bags in many countries are non-recyclable; or even if recyclable... Most uneducated people(in developing countries throw away plastic bags); all the more when we have cloth bags or jute ones as a option; why use something which is more inconvenient and also cause harm to the environment?
Plastic bags are polluting our environment in huge numbers. Most (basically all) plastic bags are used once then thrown away or littered. They are accumulating in land/landfills/oceans and waterways. Many animals are killed by plastic bags. Plastic bags take centuries to decompose. The substance is basically toxic towards humans, animals, and our environment. Plastic bags should be replaced with paper bags, which are sustainable, biodegradable, and vastly less harmful than plastic. Reusable bags are even a better option.
Plastic bags are harming the environment. They are filling up land fills, land, and the ocean. Animals are killed by them. The production of plastic bags release toxic gases into the atmosphere. Most, basically all, plastic bags are not reused; they are used once and tossed. Plastic bags should be replaced with sustainable and biodegradable paper bags (which are relatively cheap as well) or (even better) reusable bags.
I believe that there are so many plastic bags that are NOT actually recycled and turned into usable products. Most are tossed into the garbage and will sit in landfills slowly breaking down and taking up space some of them even get sent to the see killing birds and mammals that live in the ocean. The alternative of fabric bags are a reusable option that are better on the environment. Grocery stores can reduce their costs by selling reusable bags and not spending the money on producing plastic bags. They will also be providing a service to the environment.
I think that plastic bags should be removed from grocery stores because plastic bags arent safe for the enviorment. Plastic bags are recycleble but they can not be broken down easily. I think it would be better if every one used reusable bags when they go to the grocery store.
I think that plastic bags should be banned from grocery stores because plastic can't be broken down and it causes a lot of pollution on the beaches and and it pollutes the water. It would be better for the enviornment if every body brought a reuseable bag when they went grocery shopping.
Even though it would be difficult banning it, one has do.
In order to do one big good deed, one has to make a few small sacrifices.
Plastic bags aren't safe in the hands of the public, because people throw them here and there,
even if they throw them in proper garbage baskets, then also they add to our waste, and turn up as another problem because it is nearly impossible to dispose them without hurting our Mother Nature.
If it gets into the ocean the whales think its food and they will try to eat it and it can kill them and whales are allmost gone we have to help all animals even if we dont like them there inportant to other animals and plants cause they got jobs to do
Because all the do is harm the earth, people don't recycle them and half the time you see the plastic bags they are on the streets. Plastic bags can cause other animals to die if they eat them. Since people don't know how to expose of them properly we shouldn't have them.
How many times have you seen plastic bags rolling in the streets? I don't know about you but I see them about 5-7 times a day. And what about the oceans? What's the point of having plastic bag factories if they end up polluting the world and endangering animals? Without plastic bag factories the air would be clearer to breath, it would reduce pollution, and it would hurt less animals.
I don't know about you but I see at least four a day and that's not good. I believe that they should be banned because not only would it help pollution, it would also save all the trouble of going to make plastic bags and with less plastic bag factories we could live a better live with clearer oceans and streets. RhodaR
It should be banned because not everyone recycles them & it is very bad for our environment. Paper is a lot better to use at the grocery stores. It causes pollution and can kill animals. People just let plastic bags go like its nothing and animals will get it and cause them to die or get very sick. All together its not very good - Karlie G
They should be banned because its an easy way to help the environment and its good for everyone. All you need to do is take something to the grocery store to carry your things in, its that simple. This law should go in as soon as possible. We need to help earth. Jorge P.
It may reduce pollution and our precious planet will be green for our future generation. And we should use paper bags because it can be recycled and it also not harm our environment. Plastic not only causes pollution and it also kills the animals. We can see cows to eat plastic because we throw the plastic bags after the use.
It would be better if people carried their own paper bags . As you know these plastic bags are not biodregableand cause a lot of pollution many others and so do I prefer paper bags .When plastic bags are thrown into water bodies they cause thousands of sea creatures to die.
Have you ever turned on the TV or read a magazine/newspaper that tried to convince you to recycle better and help the environment? I'm sure you have! Now yes these commercials turn the heads of some people, and they do help the environment more. But there are still many people polluting and ruining our earth's environment. Did you know that plastic bags are the most common form of trash? Well Americans throw out 100 BILLION plastic bags a year. 100 BILLION non-biodegradable plastic bags, that kill the earth. There are so many organizations and groups working very hard to clean the environment. So why ruin what's trying to do good? They're going 2 steps forward but with all of the earths pollution they're going 3 steps back. But if you take away the ability to give people objects to pollute, then there won't be nearly as much pollution to ruin our earths environment. So in conclusion yes we need to ban plastic bags because they're harmful to the environment.
I think this because.. Yes plastic bags are recycled and the plastic companies are trying to make that sound way better than it actually is. They tell customers that people recycle them, when really it is only a decreasing few. I mean 100 billion bags get trashed every single year, and the number are growing. They are creating 50% more air and water pollution, and it's polluting the water we drink! Would you want your child drinking water that had some sort of pollute in it? Think about that.
Plastic bags should be banned because they are just a waste. They are polluting the Earth and future generations will have to pay for our actions today. Did you know that the plastic bags that fall out of your trash and don't get reused get caught around sea animals and they can even kill that animal. People around the world throw out over 100 billion plastic bags each year. This also does a tremendous amount of damage to the Earth! Plastic bags should be banned because they can kill animals and they are tremendously harmful to the environment. Canvas bags are the best option.
The environment is way more important than having plastic bags. Wouldn't you rather have fewer customers and have the environment healthy than to have the environment dead as well as the people, and have plastic bags? Then there will be no customers to even go to the store, so what would you rather have?
Have you ever seen signs or commercials that tell you how to recycle and how you can help the environment? Well I have, and a lot! I think that recycling is a great idea because it can help us live in a better world. If we start recycling plastic bags and start using paper bags for groceries then it will make our living space a better place. Plastic bags should be banned because they are not biodegradable. And did you know that there are 100 billion bags trashed each year which is really bad for our planet.
These bags are creating even more waste for our poor world that is already very polluted as it is. If we get rid of these evil bags, the world would be a lot better. These plastic bags are the most common trash found on streets, oceans and forests. If an animal eats a bag it will die.
Recycling is a good habit to start getting into. If we get the community to start recycling more, everyone will live a safer life style. Using plastic bags causes more pollution. If we bring our own bags for shopping, we help save the earth and make our living space more green.
Plastic bags should be banned because they are a huge waste to the environment. They are not biodegradable and Americans throw away over 100 billion plastic bags per year, making them the most common form of trash. Some people may argue that paper sacks produce 5 times as much waste to make, but plastic bags produce 50% more air and water pollution as paper sacks. If you throw a plastic bag in a landfill, it will rot there forever. An elementary school in Kenosha, Wisconsin, made a Schlumpy Jr. plastic bag ball about 5 feet in diameter, to follow the example set by the original Schlumpy, which kept about 1 million bags off the street. Good going!
These bags are the most common form of trash and more than 100 billion are thrown away every year. These bags release toxins into the air and are killing animals from suffocation and babies can die from suffocation. They are a hazard and a pain to MRE made from oil which is killing the environment and only 1% are recycled.
The environment is already dirty enough, so why would you want to pollute it any more? We all know that the bags are cheap and you can use them again (or not), but where do you think the bags go when you're done with them? How many bags do you think went in the trash? 100 BILLION! That's way to many, don't you think? Trash bags pollute the soil, air and water.
I think we should get rid of plastic bags because they can release toxic chemicals into the air, and pollute our air into the earth. It also can be mistaken for food for our wild life and kill them. We might be able to reuse them, but it is the number one lead of trash in the world. More than 100 million bags are thrown away a year. To wrap it all up, we should ban plastic bags because it can poison our air and kill off our wildlife.
The plastic bags are causing to much pollution. In the future the pollution will be facing even more problems and they will be facing the same debate as we are now. A good thing about keeping plastic bags are that they take less power and they are cheap. The end.
Today when we go shopping, we will see a lot of people carrying their shopping bags made of plastic. Plastic bags are really convenient for all of us to carry things we have bought. In contrast, there are many disadvantages of using plastic bags. If you know that plastic bags have negative impacts for our environment, I am sure that reducing the use of plastic bags will be happened soon. As we know, using plastic bags are really convenient for all of us to carry things. In contrast, using bags is increasing the severity of global warming that we are confronting at the moment. The plastic bags production uses almost ten percent of the world's annual oil supply. Only a small percent of this number is recycled. This means that much of the planet's precious natural resources are being used to produce plastic bags. The chemicals and compounds that go into making plastic bags could also be utilized in a far more effective manner. These two facts show that plastic bag production is a waste of resources. In addition, we can use and hold plastic bags everywhere we need like supermarkets, stores or homes but plastic bags can damage environment. Throwing plastic bags could make the soil infertile which is described as soil pollution. We need fertile soil to help plants grow and provide enough food for all of us. Animals also need soil because it makes plants grow and animals will eat those plants. This is a part of natural food chain. What’s more bad point of using plastic bags is to kill. Plastic bags can kill and have killed many animals. The tragedy is that once the animals eat the plastic bags, they can get caught up and wrapped round the gut or in the throat. This cause suffocation and starvation. To sum up, we have known that after all plastic bags are used, they will be bad wastes of the world. So, we can do little work to avoid plastic as much as possible. In order to, stop global warming, keep nutritious food sources and avoid being criminals, we should use fabric bags instead of the plastic ones.
Yes, plastic bags should be banned for the environment. Plastic bags have been causing tremendous amounts of damage to our environment. It is more complex than the simple "animals can get caught in it and die" or "animals can mistake the bags for food and die" arguments. Although these are some of the effects, there are many other more dangerous effects, such as releasing toxic chemicals into the air, which cause global warming. Plastic bags take 1,000 years to decompose. So while it is decomposing, there is a big mound of litter at the dump. Fabric bags are much easier, and do not break often, and even if you do throw it away, it will be recycled. That is the new policy. Only 70% of AMERICANS recycle. But that's only because we have organizations. What about the other parts of the world? Also, plastic bags take up large amounts of oil that can be used for cars. How many times have you gone to fill your gas and become angry at the price? Use less plastic bags, and you won't need to worry. CANVAS BAGS ARE THE RIGHT CHOICE.
plastic bags have been causing tremendous amounts of damage to our environment. it is more complex than the simple "animals can get caught in it and die" or "animals can mistake the bags for food, and die." Although these are some of the effects, there are many other more dangerous effects, such as releasing toxic chemicals into the air, which causes global warming. Plastic bags take 1,000 years to decompose. so while it is decomposing, there is a big mound of litter at the dump. Fabric bags are much easier, and do not break often, and even if you do throw it away, it will be recycled. That is the new polocy. only 70% of AMERICANS recycle. but thats only because we have organizations. what about the other parts of the world? also, plastic bags take up large amounts of oil that can be used for cars. how many times have you gone to fill your gas and become angry at the price. use less plastic bags, and you won't need to worry. CANVAS BAGS ARE THE RIGHT CHOISE.
Last year a sperm whale was found dead with over 100 plastic bags stuck in it's stomach. Most of our trash ends up in the ocean, that gets eaten, and what do you know soon all the whales will be extinct. So if you think that these animals deserve to die, you should try choking on a plastic bag.
First off, you could simply bring your own bags to the store, like millions of environment conscience people. No one says you have to use their bags. So even if they are not banned, you can help reduce usage in that way. Other wise you can ask for paper bags and simply recycle them at home. Both options much better for the environment, than using those plastic bags.
Once plastic gets into the ocean or food chain it can stay there for years since it takes about 1000 years for plastic in the ocean to biodegrade. If one animal eats the bag it will die, then unlike the plastic biodegrade and another animal will eat it, that happens over and over again. We can find other ways to carry our groceries without using this type of bag. Paper bags or fabric bags work just as well and they don't break.
Although people need a bag of some sort to help carry their groceries, plastic bags are a poor solution. They are wasted in large quantities, every single day. Also, they break under the slightest pressure. There are more sustainable methods of carrying groceries, such as using paper bags or material bags.
Plastic is not biodegradeable by any means. Fees can't be placed on them because corporations got smart and slipped into a bill that charging any sort of a fee for single use plastics is illegal and that they can sue that city/state that puts a fee on them. Thus, a complete ban is the only thing probable.
Statistics show plastic bags are recycled at a rate of less than 10% while more than 50% of paper bags are recycled. However it takes more resources making paper bags than it does pastic. Plastic is made from petroleum; a product of oil. You protest oil independence but refuse to give up your plastic bag?
Laziness factors plenty into the banning of plastic bags. If Europeans can do It, why can't the states? Reusable bags made from recycled products are fantastic. I've carried two one gallon bottles with a few other Items in one bag without having an issue. They're much sturdier than plastic bags as well as more pleasing to the eye. I've never gotten dirty looks bringing my own bag and they fold up easy so I can even pack them in my purse. There are reuseable bags out there that are compatible to you. You just need to do your research. They come in all sorts of shapes, colors and designs. Honestly, I think education is key. I moved to Monterey, CA and they have reward systems for people who BYOB. Working on a plastic bag ban (among other things), this county is considered one of the most Eco friendly towns in the state.
The documentary "Bag It" is great for people to better understand plastic bags and the real reality of disposable plastics.
Remember, we don't inherit the world from our grandparents, we borrow it from our children.
First of all, plastic bags can fly in the ocean and animals, hundreds of them, mistake them for food, so many die every year - we could make the environment safer by using tote bags instead of going to the grocery store and consuming 10 plastic bags.
Paper is better all the way around. I reuse both kinds but the plastic is too flimsy and never rots. Those trendy "reusables" are not practical for large families who shop biweekly. Get a clue. You use less bags with paper they hold more and have more re-uses. Plastic just uses more "oil"--look at what that is doing for everyone.
Everybody knows that if the environment is so dirty; kills lot of people. If the environment is bad, our people will die. To make our lives longer we should of course ladies and gentleman to save our environment. People say we can recycle it, but only 1% are recycled world wide. Plastic bags are very light and handable. However, environment is more important when we think of our world's future!!
Today when we go shopping, we will see a lot of people carrying their shopping bags made of plastic. Plastic bags are really convenient for all of us to carry things we have bought. In contrast, there are many disadvantages of using plastic bags. If you know that plastic bags have negative impacts for our environment, I am sure that reducing the use of plastic bags will be happened soon.
As we know, using plastic bags are really convenient for all of us to carry things. In contrast, using bags is increasing the severity of Global Warming that we are confronting at the moment. The plastic bags production uses almost ten percent of the world's annual oil supply. Only few percent of this number is recycled. This means that much of the planet's precious natural resources are being used to produce plastic bags. The chemicals and compounds that go into making plastic bags could also be utilized in a far more effective manner. These two facts show that plastic bag production is a waste of resources.
In addition, we can use and hold plastic bags everywhere we need like supermarkets, stores or homes but plastic bags can damage environment. Throwing plastic bags could make the soil unfertile which is described as soil pollution. We need fertile soil to help plants grow and provide enough food for all of us. Animals also need soil because it makes plants grow and animals will eat those plants. This is a part of natural food chain.
What’s more bad point of using plastic bags is to kill. Plastic bags can kill and have killed many animals. The tragedy is that once the animals eat the plastic bags, they can get caught up and wrapped round the gut or in the throat. This cause suffocation and starvation.
To sum up, we have known that after all plastic bags are used, they will be bad wastes of the world. So, we can do little work to avoid plastic as much as possible. In order to, stop global warming, keep nutritious food sources and avoid being criminals, we should use fabric bags instead of the plastic ones.
Plastic bags are bad health wise also. People don't know this but bacteria is found in those bags. 97% of people dont even wash bags. It's the same concept as washing your hands. The more you wash the less bacteria you'll have. Your groceries such as raw meat can cause Ecoli. Which is bad for your health and can cause death. It pollutes the water. Resent,research had found plastic bags inside animals stomach. Plastic bags are nonbiodegradeable.It can't decompose by bacteria.
I believe that plastic bags in grocery stores are more durable than paper ones. While plastic bags are not recyclable themselves, people save and re-use them at home for things besides just taking their groceries home. Examples include using them inside a bathroom trash can, picking up animal waste and storing items you have nowhere else to put. Plastic bags are more efficient for their original purpose and can be used for more purposes.
Plastic bags can harm the environment because they interfere with wildlife and pollute the earth. They are not biodegradable, so they will be around for a long time. In my opinion, paper bags make more sense because paper is much easier to break down and serves the same job. Alternatively "green bags" offer reusable, biodegradable bags to shoppers.
Plastic bags could be easily replaced with paper or reusable. When I was in Europe over 20 years ago, you paid for your bags to promote the use of reusable bags. We are so backward here when it comes to consciously taking care of the environment. I have seen plastic bags floating through the air in remote areas of the southwest. All this could be prevented by using paper or recycled, reusable bags.
I believe it would be good to ban plastic bags from grocery stores and go back to the traditional paper bags. Plastic bags create a lot of trash and many people are just not willing to take the time and effort to recycle them. I find that many of the plastic bags used at stores today are so flimsy that two are needed for some heavier items, so this just creates more waste. Paper bags are biodegradable and they have many uses around the house, and because they are larger than plastic bags, they hold more groceries.
It is so much more environmentally friendly to bring your own bags when you buy groceries. These reusable bags are now sold at most stores and are very cost effective. A plastic bag harms the earth and all the living things in it. Not to mention the fact that plastic really isn't something that breaks down naturally.
Banning plastic bags from not just grocery stores but all stores will go a long way toward helping clean up the environment and lessening the burden they make on landfills. These bags are not as biodegradable as paper and can not be recycled as easily. They often become a hazard to drivers when they are left along the road to fly and billow around.
Since plastic does not decompose like other materials, it should be banned as grocery bags. Just our house alone, with only two people living in it, must collect thousands of plastic bags every year. Multiply that by all of the households in the world and it is overwhelming. Grocery stores could help the situation somewhat by not using so many sacks when they bag your groceries. To me it seems that they could use half as many as they do. Recycling has helped with the problem, but I know there are thousands of people out there who never recycle no matter what.
Plastic is a much newer commodity than people give it credit for. It has serious implications for animals, oceans, our water supply, and human health. Grocery stores should go back to the old days where customers brought their own containers (usually glass) to directly place meat and baked goods. Companies should be forced to put morality, dignity, integrity, and decency above making money. The amount of waste that would evaporate from our world is unfathomable if we simply didn't have plastic. Not too mention, the oil companies would take a hit as oil is in plastic. It's crazy that people are actually buying into this recycle scam; most plastic bags aren't recycled and if you didn't have so much plastic in the first place you wouldn't need a plastic bag to throw away all your plastic trash! It's just insane that people care more about "convenienc?" When it's actually costing them much more than they could ever realize! Those reusable bags do carry groceries just fine, you don't need a plastic bag! People would prefer to keep lining greedy corporations' pockets with money instead of just bringing a tote and/or containers to the store. It's so this?eartening. What kind of world are we going to be leaving to our children? None of this insane amount of litter was in the world just over 100 years ago. it's just flat-out ludicrous and irresponsibility.
Re-usable bags may sound ideal. However, do people actually remember to bring them shopping each time they go? If they do not, what happens is that they have to buy more reusable bags which means that more plastic is being used. Yes, the idea is that they are not disposable and so do not fill our dumpster, but the reality is, after a few times of forgetting to bring your reusable bags, you will have accumulated many of them. Eventually, you people will throw them away, just like they did with plastic bags or if they not, they would incur additional cost for a bag because they forget to bring one. A ban on plastic bags seems like an unwarranted inconvenience when you look at the long term consequences.
Instead of letting people pay for what they buy, the banning of plastic bags in reality will lead to people having to pay to carry their purchases out of the store. Plastic bags are cheap to produce so supermarkets are willing to give them out for free. To ban them would mean that supermarkets would charge for the more costly forms of carrier bags. This is putting an additional financial strain on families who do large grocery shopping trips. In a time of a recession, surely the policy of banning plastic bags should be left aside.
Most people probably keep small garbage bags in the kitchen bin. I think it makes more sense to use a free or 5 cent plastic grocery bag to get your purchases home from the store, then re-use it as a garbage bag, rather than buying kitchen bin garbage bags for more money.
Since the current social trend is to be environmentally conscious, it's only a matter of time before the majority of consumers prefer paper, canvas or whatever the alternative is over plastic. Back when I use to bag groceries 20 years ago, paper bags were reduced in height and plastic bags became increasingly popular due to the popularity and cause of Earth Day and similar sociopolitical movements. Then, the victim was the rain forests. Today, it's the weather. Because there is still a lot of debate on the subject of man-made weather trends, it's hard to fully embrace the "global warming" scare. Especially in the midst of a decade long cooling trend. I'm all for social and environmental responsibility, however, retailers should be able to give out or charge for any form of container their goods are hauled out in. It's a matter of choice unless we plan on outlawing everything we deem as potentially harmful. It's better to be "green" by choice and not by force.
Reusable and paper alternatives cost a lot more money as well as the environment to manufacture. Plastic bags may have a negative impact when they are disposed of incorrectly, but at least trees don't need to be axed to make them. Unlike paper bags, plastic bags don't destroy the environment before they are even sold to the public.
People should have the option of how they transport their shopping. Don't take away ANOTHER right to choose, instead educate people to act responsibly. Is the alternative better for the environment? Everything has to be manufactured, which uses oil and energy. You can make an argument to prove any opinion, it depends on your stance.
I can not believe so many people still quote the Faults information that Plastic Bags kill sea creatures. The reports mistakenly? Misquote the study on sea creatures injured by "fishing line and other such things. NOT ONE MENTION OF PLASTIC BAGS. Most of the trash picked up on beach cleanup days are plastic bottles and paper cups and food containers.
We re-use 95% of our bags for Garbage and other uses. Otherwise we'd be buying Glad Kitchen Catchers at an additional cost, more profit for large corporations, and further use of resources. It's just common sense to do it this way. If you find you accumulate too many plastic bags, recycle them and consider switching to re-usable bags for grocery.
No they shouldn't because people leaving the grocery store can use the plastic bags at home for example using it as a trash bag or lunch bag . I use plastic bags to separate my older makeup from my newer makeup so it's easier for me to find my things in the morning before school.
They shold let you choose if you want to use pastic bags or if you want something else. If you dont want to use the stores plastic bags then you can bring your own stuff to carry your own grocry bags in. People who use plastic bags can use them as garbage bags and lunch bags.
I dont think that plastic bags should be banned from grocery stores because animal owners needs plastic bags to pick up their pets leftovers. And plus we could reuse them by bringing them back to the store and putting your new groceryies in the used plastic bags... What about when they rip? You can put the ripped bags in a good bag to help re-enforce the bag somewhat...
When I go to stores that use plastic bags I always choose to take them because I reuse them. I was told in kindergarten that the best thing to do is reuse THEN reduce. So if I am reusing the plastic bags then that is better than reducing the production of them. How do I reuse them? I put my kid's lunches in plastic bags that they can then take to school. This saves me having to buy lunch boxes that my kids may or may not outgrow. I use the plastic bags to pick up after my Dog. I know they sell bags for that but It seems like a waste of money for me to buy them when I can get them for free. Also, any time I need to carry things and am not worried about looking "fashionable" I use a plastic bag: taking clothing to my kids when they have a sleepover; collecting dog fur; putting shoes in when packing a suitcase so they don't get my clothes dirty; oranges to bring to soccer games...The list goes on and on.
There is no way the entire world will stop the use of plastic bags completely. So we need to do all we can to stop it as much as possible. We can start awareness campaigns that make people want to help mother earth a little bit. Personally I believe the government needs to help make a change in the ecosystem. We need to unite as people of the world to at most stop the excessive use of these hazards!
In modern day, humans have become so reliable on certain objects. Plastic bags is only one of these things. If we do ban plastic bags, then it would be a big inconvenience for us. On top of that if we ban plastic bags, companies will start making more cotton and paper bags which puts more CO2 into the environment. At the end of the day plastic bags should not be banned.
Today’s plastic grocery bags are produced from a by-product (ethane) of natural gas refining. Http://savetheplasticbag.Com/ReadContent667.Aspx If we did not use the ethane for the production of plastic bags it would simply be burned, further adding to the global carbon dioxide emissions. If we did not remove the ethane from the natural gas it would not be safe to transport and use. They are no longer produced from crude oil in America. They have an unlimited recyclable life compared to the paper bag in which its fibers breakdown after being recycled five times. Plastic bags are much more economical to produce and transport to their final destination, while has a carrying capacity of hundreds of times their weight. The plastic grocery bags are also very easy to recycle at participating stores, with many of the drop off bins located at the entrance of the store.
Ireland has seen a 400% increase in black bin liners since the tax was levied against plastic bags. These black bin liners are designed to hold more in them than the plastic carrier bags and therefore they are thicker. They use far more oil in their production and due to their thickness they take even longer to degrade. How can the ban, therefore, be seen as having a positive effect on the environment? Re-usable bags may sound ideal. However, do people actually remember to bring them shopping each time they go? If they do not, what happens is that they have to buy more re-usable bags which means that more plastic is being used. Yes, the idea is that they are not disposable and so do not fill our dumpster, but the reality is, after a few times of forgetting to bring your re-usable bags, you will have accumulated many of them. Eventually, you people will throw them away, just like they did with plastic bags. A ban on plastic bags seems like an unwarranted inconvenience when you look at the long term consequences.
Paper, Plastic, Reusable, Boxes, or whatever else that you can carry stuff with. Why should we ban or encourage any one of these over the others? The fact of the matter is that if people truly think that plastic bags are hurting the environment then people will use fewer plastic bags. Let people make up their own minds instead of forcing your agenda down their throats.
People should and do reuse grocery bags as trash bags. Ban grocery bags and people end up having to buy trash bags. Banning plastic bags is just a stupid idea that those hippy wannabes came up with who don't actually do anything to help the environment. Stupid hippies. End of argument forever.
Plastic materials show properties that are unique when compared to other materials-contributing greatly to the quality of our everyday lives. These materials, when properly applied, will perform functions at a cost that other materials cannot match.
Plastics can provide many advantages over other materials like:
-high wear resistance;
-high impact resistance;
-corrosion resistance and aesthetics;
These benefits lead to the preferable plastics’ usage, because they give increased productivity, longer life. The new product is reliable, with no lubrication requirements, significant cost savings provided, less down time and improved appearance. The polymer products are also preferred because they are environmentally friendly and easily recycled.
The cause of banning plastic bags is that more carbon emissions will be released into the air. These carbon emissions come from the fertilizer farmers use to grow trees and cotton for these paper and cotton bags. Also, by banning plastic bags the government would have to pay more for cotton and paper bags causing us to pay more taxes.
My family is pretty big, and when we go grocery shopping, we go GROCERY SHOPPING! We usually have to use about 10-12 plastic bags to be able to carry all our stuff. How are we supposed to keep track of 9 paper bags? I just don't think we can fit all that in a couple paper bags.
I think that plastic bags should not be banned because they are recycled into new products. Also once a family is done using them at the store they can use them as a garbage bag at home. Did you know that paper bags are worse for the environment then plastic bags? And many people forget to bring their own bags to the store so what will happen then? All in all I think that plastic bags should not be banned.
There is no reason to ban the use of plastic bags. First they are cheap. Also "biodegradable" paper bags cost more to produce and release fifty percent more air and water pollution. The paper plants use a ton of resources such as water and energy. You may not know this, but all the paper comes from the rain forests that we are trying to save.
Plastic bags are used all over the world as a cheap and convenient resource. How would you feel if these were taken away from you? Most paper bags rip at the bottom and are harder to carry. They also take at least five times more energy to create than plastic bags.
I don't think they should ban plastic bags, because honestly, it's false to say that we are instantly throwing away the bags. In my family we reuse the plastic bags for simple tasks, and when we're done with them we recycle them - which, believe it or not, is actually helping, not hurting the environment! Plastic bags can be reusable, cheap, and are obviously convenient - much more convenient than reusable bags.
People usually would forget their paper and cotton bags at home, so they would have to end up getting plastic bags from the store anyway. Also, when you are walking around town and someone is holding a bag of groceries or even a bag of cotton candy, the contents are usually in a plastic bag. So the majority of the people use plastic bags and you could easily forget your paper or cotton bags at home. So this is why I think that banning plastic bags are a pretty ridiculous idea. It is easier to just use plastic bags.
Everyone should have a choice as to the way they want to carry their groceries. I don't want to pay money to put my groceries in a paper bag. It just doesn't make any sense to me. I myself don't really care for reusable bags, because it's paying up to 5 bucks for a recycled tote bag, no sense at all to me.
I think plastic bags are very useful/convenient. Plastic bags are a lot more sturdy than paper bags. This can help in a lot of situations. When you have a lot of groceries or when you want to use less paper bags, plastic bags are just right for the situation. I have had many moments when I had to get more and more paper bags because they kept breaking so I believe plastic bags shouldn't band.
I say that plastic bags should be used in moderation, only if someone forgets their cloth, or reusable bag. It will help the environment. There should be a small cost maybe 10 cents, so you remember to bring your reusable bag next time. Another reason is because paper bags are worse for the environment to make. And your family can re-use plastic bags as a garbage bag. Plastic bags should not be banned completely! It is a good back-up for people because you will have those days where you forget.
Plastic packaging has proven to be more convenient, handy and adaptable than any other form of flexible packaging. We recall that almost everything has one side effect or the other at some time. The concern should not be in "banning of plastics" but in educating the public how to use plastics and in research on the proper management and disposal of plastic wastes. Research should highlight the development of systems and equipment for the collecting, handling and disposal of plastic wastes and also in the development of biodegradable plastics or plastic composites.
I use the plastic bags for garbage bags & am on a fixed, limited budget & am unable to afford to buy garbage bags. The paper bags get wet with garbage & break open when taking the garbage out, so what are we supposed to use for our household garbage?
In my opinion, I do not think that plastic bags should be banned because our culture now has adapted to them and its one of those thing that we don't see ourselves doing without. Its kind of like a cell phone, or water! When you go to the store you either use plastic or paper and both are still harmful to the environment and reusables are very unreliable because you tend to forget them at home. Then you would have to spend more money on reusable bags. I do understand that they do harm the environment but you just need to educate people about recycling them after you are done with them. I believe that you should cut down on how much plastic you are using by using a reusable bag but once you forget them it's always good to have a back up plan!
I use these for so many things at home and they are easily recycled, often at the same store where you get them. Dog poop, cat litter, wrapping up noxious cleaning agents or other industrial materials, keeping painting rollers sealed so they can be reused without cleaning them (keeps excess paint from goin down the drain and saves times). Opinion only - as much as people want to point fingers and say this or that should be banned, few take the time to recycle properly (rinse out that milk jug!) and very few reduce or reuse, which is FAR more important than recycling.
No because if they are banned from the stores they will increase the price of some items which is not good and we won't be able to have any bag to put our groceries which is really really really bad for us i also agree that we should ban plastic bag because it is not safe for our for our pet. We should not ban plastic bag because it is to necessary for us and the grocery stores
Plastic bags have many good points aswell as bad. They are lightweight and waterproof and are available in all grocery stores at purchase. They create less pollution and take less energy to create than paper bags or plastic bags do. They are perfect for use of carrying groceries. They are good!
Plastic bags make up only 1-2% of total litter. Banning them will not make a significant impact on the amount of litter. The issue is littering in general. We need to impose higher fines for people that are caught littering, not ban a very useful, recyclable item. The reusable plastic and canvas bags are not only dangerous to our health if not properly washed, but will eventually wear out and become garbage anyway. In addition, plastic bags are manufactured in the USA. Canvas and reusable vinyl bags are mostly made in China. The cost to make these bags and pollution from ships carrying them to our ports will damage our environment more than keeping single use plastic bags in circulation. If we ban single use plastic bags, it will also cause thousands of Americans to lose their jobs, since the other bags will be manufactured overseas. This is not a good idea. AT ALL.
No. If they do then what? Will they ban trash bags and all plastic bags? The small ones they use to put groceries in are used for so many things at home. If they're banned, then what do we use? I have about 20 cloth grocery bags and forget every time I go shopping to take them into the store with me.
So now I have to buy more bags or waste more gas going home to get the bags.
Then if I start to have too many bags...They go in the trash because I have a small house.
Everyone seems to also be against plastic. The bags seem like a drop in the bucket. My recycle bin is full of other plastic containers. The dirty/contaminated/wet bags go in the trash (yes, I should recycle at the store), but the clean ones get reused for trash or lunch.
I just love being in a free country.
Plastic bags are useful and they are very good use. People can't remeber to bring other things and acutally we can reuse plastic bags too. I live in Korea and my family reuses plastic bags by using it for trash bags or to contain thins. Plastic bags could be in good use.
They should not banne plastic bags from grocery stores . Because if you get rid of them they would resort to paper bags which would involve them having to cut more trees down to get the bangs unless there recycled . Another reason would be the paper bags can be reused for many things like you can use them for trash bags , pick up animal waste etc at least in my house we do . They have many purposes and if they got rid of them alot of people would probably complain .
I think that plastic bags can be used for multiple things, not everyone just throws them away. After I buy groceries, I save all of my non-wet plastic bags & use them for multiple things like transporting, carrying & keeping things fresh. I think that no matter what, there will still be a high percentage of people who use plastic bags. -Asjia L.
I think that they should not be removed because they have many more uses. I use them for bags to put my things in to go to a friend's house, or to put wet clothes like a bathing suit so they don't wet other clothes. Also they can be used as mini-trash bags. I have a small trash can in my room and bathroom, and I use the plastic bags as a smaller trash bag. I think that it is a huge mistake to punish others and grocery stores for other unresponsilbe people's fault.
Yes Today when we go shopping, we will see a lot of people carrying their shopping bags made of plastic. Plastic bags are really convenient for all of us to carry things we have bought. In contrast, there are many disadvantages of using plastic bags. If you know that plastic bags have negative impacts for our environment, I am sure that reducing the use of plastic bags will be happened soon. As we know, using plastic bags are really convenient for all of us to carry things. In contrast, using bags is increasing the severity of Global Warming that we are confronting at the moment. The plastic bags production uses almost ten percent of the world's annual oil supply. Only few percent of this number is recycled. This means that much of the planet's precious natural resources are being used to produce plastic bags. The chemicals and compounds that go into making plastic bags could also be utilized in a far more effective manner. These two facts show that plastic bag production is a waste of resources. In addition, we can use and hold plastic bags everywhere we need like supermarkets, stores or homes.
Proposed ordinances to ban plastic carry out bags and to charge a fee for a paper carry out bag in order to coerce consumers to switch to reusable bags is simply not a very good idea! Although the reusable bag is touted as friendly to the environment, the bag, on the contrary, is not friendly to the environment based upon the fact the Life Cycle Assessments are incomplete with respect to the reusable bag. Life Cycle Assessments fail to address the use of water, energy, and generation of greenhouse gases as a result of the consumer washing the reusable bag on a recurring basis in order to maintain them in a sanitary condition.
The reusable bag presents health issues related to cross contamination of food items, and the reusable bag can serve as a carrier for contagious viruses. To mitigate these health issues, the bag must be washed on a regular basis. Some people dismiss these concerns and say common sense tells you to wash the bag when it is visibly dirty. However, bacteria and viruses cannot be seen with the naked eye. Therefore, adopting a regular schedule to wash the bags as a precaution is warranted. Hand washing or machine washing the reusable bag with soap and bleach will kill 99.9% of all bacteria and viruses.
Simply put, sanitary plastic and paper bags are available off-the-shelf! Using water and energy resources to wash reusable bags in order to sanitize them on a recurring basis is a waste of water and energy that all households will have to pay for.
The use of bags harms the environment compared to basic alternatives by it failure to decompose at a decent rate and its sustainability. There should be a fee associated to the bags in order to offset damages that they can cause. This way, if people want to use the bags, they are able to, so long as they take responsibility to cover the damages.
Although it may be a good idea, stores should be free to choose whether or not plastic bags are banned. This may result in more people shopping there since they care more about the environment, and then it would catch on with other store chains. A ban isn't necessary, and even if it was, it's still wrong to control what people can do.
I think that it is right for grocery stores to encourage its patrons to bring reusable bags into the shop. Many offer discounts for using these bags. However, plastic bags are still needed for those who do not wish to bring in their own bags. Many folks reuse and recycle these plastic bags. They use them as small trash bags, doggy scoop bags, and they use them to wrap smelly baby nappies in. Also, some customers simply collect them and return them to the store to be recycled. I have even seen some nifty crafting ideas that use grocery bags to make reusable sandwich pouches. Plastic grocery bags should not be banned, because they serve many useful purposes.
Plastic bags have been used in grocery stores for a very long time. It makes no sense to just ban them. They are very convenient, too. Some people say it is a waste of plastic, or bad for our environment;
but plastic bags can be recycled and then reused in the future. Also, many people, including myself, reuse the plastic bags and hardly ever throw them out. It would make no sense to ban plastic bags from grocery stores.
There is no need to ban the use of plastic bags. I think what needs to be done is to use the same system that a lot of northern states use for aluminum cans. And that is to impose a small tax on the product to ensure that it gets returned and recycled. And, with plastic bags, the stores can impose a small fee, as in a tax, to force the consumer to either return the bag and/or reuse the bag. If the consumer brings back the bags for reuse, then they do not and should not have to pay the fee. This is a simple way to solve the problem.
Plastic bags provide a useful function at a grocery store, whether it is to carry your food all the way home, or just from your car to your kitchen. A single person can carry several plastic bags with their handles, but you would be hard pressed to carry more than two paper bags. Nevermind the fact that paper bags can tear easily, especially if they are holding wet food, or if it starts to rain. Cloth or other reusable bags are not a valid option, because store owners look at you like a thief if you enter a store with an empty bag. Cloth bags are only valid for casual shopping. No one is going to walk into a grocery store with a dozen reusable bags in their pocket, or drive around with them in their trunk all the time.
If you do not have a car a plastic bag is your best friend. You can carry a dozen or more plastic bags if they are light enough, but you would be hard pressed to carry more than two or three paper bags because they must be held from the bottom. A paper bag has no resistance to rain or damp foods. If you bring in your own reusable bag the stores treat you like a shoplifter and then you have to wash your grocery bags to prevent cross contamination. Plastic bags are bad for the enviroment but there is no point in jumping the gun and banning them before there is a valid alterantive.
Banning plastic bags does not make people more responsible. People have to carry home groceries, and stores that want to offer full service will always offer some kind of container to make this easy for their customers.
Also, the evidence that plastic bags are worse for the environment that the more bulky paper ones is very thin. Consumers should make up their own minds, and government should stay out of it.
I Totally agree that plastic bags are not eco friendly, harmful to the environment and more over filled with toxins. But they can be recycled like papers, can also be cost effective for example think what will happen to all the trees if we started using papers etc instead of plastics earth would run out of trees
Plastic bags are useful to have around--they are not a single-use item. If you save them, you can reuse them to carry large batches of items or bring them along if you work the tables at farmer's markets or conventions that offer dealer's tables (such as card shows or comic book cons). They can be double-bagged and they make it easier for you to pack away a great amount of product for your customers!
Plastic grocery bags are convenient, reusable and inexpensive. With built in handles, they are an easy way to tote groceries. Most bags are reused as trash can liners, lunch bags, and for toting many other things. A majority of grocery stores provide recycling drums in the front of their stores for customers to recycle bags. Rather than making plastic bags illegal, a better option that some grocery stores like Kroger use is to provide a $.04 deduction from a customer's grocery bill for each reusable bag they bring to the store.
Plastic bags are good to use as they are accessible and very easy to have around. They come in handy when you run low on paper bags and can sometimes be used as trash bags as well. They are very convenient and not too much money is used to produce them
Plastic bags should not be banned from grocery stores because there are many options to deter their use and to make them more eco-friendly. Plastic bags in grocery store should be made from recycled plastic to make them more eco-friendly. There should also be charge for plastic bags, or credit from bringing your own bag, at all stores to promote the re-use of plastic bags or the use on non-plastic bags. There are many things that can be done without getting the government/ laws involved in this.
The law is a great way to teach people what we already believe but it does not have the power to change people's belief systems though inconvenience or other. What was used before plastic were paper bags, which are easily stated as worse for the environment than plastic bags are. The garbage is ugly, true, but what we would get in its place would be worse than what we are legislating against.
The alternate to plastic bags would be either paper bags, canvas tote bags, or boxes. While all three are good alternatives for the average person, there are others who depend on the plastic bags to transport their purchases. It makes it much easier for the elderly, or for those with certain medical issues to grip the flexible handle of a plastic bag. I do think that stores should offer the other choices though, and let the consumer decide which is best for them, whether it is for environmental reasons, safety reasons, etc.
First of all, like almost everyone else, I use the plastic bags I carry my groceries home in, I use them for my garbage afterwards. That is far more quicker and effective at recycling and getting a subsequent use out of them as opposed to having to buy brand new garbage bags and use them only once. I've never in my life, thrown out my grocery bags without first using them for garbage. If anything, stores can start using biodegradable bags. - there - problem solved. Where is the sense in paying for other plastic garbage bags when we already have these free plastic bags at our fingertips? some crooked politicians with their own agenda are only exercising and abusing their power to burden us with yet another small pocket drain. After all, all of these little government imposed pocked drains really have added up throughout the years.