Polyethylene bags must resign!
The main factor that negatively affects the environment is the consumer and his habits. The user creates a demand, which in turn, creates supply, and it is a vicious circle, which is very difficult to break. And one of such environmentally harmful habits of the consumers is the use of plastic bags. Here are the facts that speak loud:
— Every year the mankind consumes about 500 billion of disposable plastic bags, that is, about one million packages every minute.
— Especially harmful are plastic bags with a higher degree of density: such a polyethylene decomposes around 1000 years.
— A study in the UK showed that out of each 200 plastic bags only one gets recycled.
— The average family, visiting a grocery store 4 times a week, consumes more than 50 plastic bags.
— Sea animals (mainly turtles) often confuse the floating plastic bags with food — it leads to the death of the unfortunate animals.
As you know, one of the countries with the highest degree of pollution with garbage, is India. Therefore, there were taken pretty tough measures to combat pollution by polyethylene. In Delhi, the capital of the state, the use of plastic bags in stores is banned at the legislative level. The violation of this law is banned by a fine, amounting to about 1,000 rupees. Also there’s provided an alternative penalty — imprisonment for up to 5 years.
You may ask, «Where shall we put the products during the visit to the store or in the market?!». However, there is an alternative to plastic bags – it’s the long-lasting «eco-bags». Positive aspects of this alternative are numerous: eco-bags are much stronger, so will last longer; they can be washed and reused many times; these bags have a different and beautiful colors, so they can be used not only for the visit to the store; they do not take mare space when folded in the bag, than a polyethylene bag.
And, most importantly, the use of such bags can substitute the use of nearly 100 plastic bags every day.