Getting rid of plastic bags  

KARACHI: Plastic bags are available everywhere in our country. One does not need to go too far; just look into your kitchen drawer and you will find a plastic bag. Nowadays everyone is using plastic bags without thinking about the hazards attached to it. Plastic bags are readily available in the market and are used widely. However, a question arises here: is it good for our health and environment?

Of course not! These bags are costing greatly. The plastic bags that we use in our everyday life are hazardous to the environment. Every year, one trillion plastic bags are consumed. Plastic is flammable and releases toxic fumes when burned. A plastic bag would take hundreds of years to decompose. Plastic is a non-biodegradable substance, that is broken down into pieces and deteriorates over time but does not decompose or dissolve into the soil. Plastic bags are extremely harmful to human health. The toxic chemicals produced while making and burning plastic bags harm the health of all species around the world. Thus they contaminate the food rather than keeping it safely packed.

In Chile, a company has introduced an eco-friendly bag, which can be easily dissolved in water after being used. There may be some solutions that can be implemented to tackle the plastic problem. It includes changing our everyday behaviour and not using plastic when there is a better alternative to it. Many plastic items can be reused for different purposes. Plastic recycling consists of collecting plastic waste and reprocessing it into new products, to reduce the amount of plastic waste. Another crucial solution is education, in order to increase awareness and behavioural change. It is the responsibility of the government and the people to create a plastic-free society. Say No to Plastic Bag!

Fatima Tul Zehra

Published in The Express Tribune, September 27th, 2019.

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