We all know that plastic bags are an environmental nightmare as they do not decompose. Many countries around the world have actually outlawed the use of plastic bags because they cause such an unsightly mess, are a danger to wildlife, clog boat propellers and when thrown into bays and streams clog water flow, causing stagnant water. This in itself is a health hazard as it is the perfect breading ground for mosquitoes, other insects, bacteria and vermin. Areas in Bangladesh were flooded when plastic bags plugged many sections of the drainage system during a typhoon. Consequently, in 2002 Bangladesh passsed a ban on plastic bags. France, China and Italy have banned plastic bags while other countries such as Ireland and Australia push for voluntary bans or place a fee on plastic bags. Stores in Germany also charge for use of plastic bags which encourages people to purchase reusable bags.
Another new solution is the use of oxo-biodegradable bags. Labeled as d2w, these bags degrade and then bio-degrade into water, CO2, biomass and trace elements. In a period of time it leaves no fragments, methane or harmful residue even when in landfills. Several large companies such as Debenhams have turned to using such plastic bags. Utilizing reusable totes and bags is still the favored solution to the massive pollution of plastic throughout the world.
Each of us use several plastic bags a week. Imagine that compounded by your neighborhood, your city, state and country. It is estimated that the United States throws out approximately 100 billion plastic bags a year. Imagine the impact of that on our environment! If each of us can use our own totes and promote the use of biodegradable plastics, we can have a huge impact. Please pass on this information and request your local stores, plastic bag manufactures (for garbage bag production etc.) to use oxo-biodegradable plastics. For more information please visit their website: www.degradable.net