Buying food always comes with a package. No, we don’t mean the additional-benefit kind of package. We mean it literally. Whenever you purchase food, it always comes in a box, in a bag or even in a bag in a box. Sure, it is necessary for food protection especially during transportation but people tend to take advantage of this and use them for convenience. If you must know, a single cucumber does not need its own plastic bag! There is no reason to use disposable plastic bags to bring your groceries home when you can just use a reusable cloth bag that lasts even longer and are more durable than plastic.
Globally, humans use as many as one trillion plastic bags every year, and only a meager of 5% of these plastic bags are recycled. If you are one of the many millions who use plastic bags, investing in reusable bags will definitely be worth it.
One of the main causes of fresh food being rotten is the plastic containing them. The plastic wrapped around your fruit or vegetable won’t allow any fresh air for your food to be exposed with. Instead of ripening them, you’re actually rotting your food so if you want them to last longer, you just have to avoid unnecessary usage of plastic bags.
In addition to that, it has been unfortunately known that plastic has made its way to the food chain. Lots of businesses in countries all over the world are making use of plastic being broken down into smaller pieces as one of their ingredients in making food. Although it is uncertain what the long-term effects are when consumed, we are willing to bet that all the effects will be negative.
Without the environment, the human race will cease to exist which is why we should take care of it. Nature has its way of coming back at us whenever we do something to harm her. One of these harmful ways is the use of plastic bags. Since they already have their place into our daily lives, they are slowly working their way as well into the environment in a rather not constructive way.
Plastic takes a long time to degrade. Plastic bags specifically take 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. Additionally, the marine life is also greatly affected by this. Sea creatures tend to unintentionally eat plastic which doesn’t make its way out of the animal’s stomach that eventually causes them sickness or death. In other cases, the plastic might also get stuck in the animal’s nose, intestines, and other parts of their body which can cause blockage.
How can you help?
Solutions to long-term problems always start small. Although you may think what you’re doing to protect the environment does not help, it actually does especially when a lot of people are doing it with you.
The use of reusable bags is one of the many ways to help the environment. By nature, they are more durable and more substantial. Although we cannot stop the massive production and shipping of these things that still leave a significant carbon footprint, using them as alternatives to a one-time use of a plastic bag can still be helpful.
Another thing is to recycle. Always recycle. Banning plastic bags is not the only option. It is unavoidable that some people are always going to use plastic bags, and if you are one of them, then it is your responsibility to increase that 5% of recycled plastics.
One of each is not going to end the problem, but with both combined – the banning of single-use bags and the recycling of plastic bags – it could actually make a huge impact on both humanity and the environment.