Do you know how much damage would single-use plastics cause? More and more plastics are made, and they harm the entire Earth. Single-use plastics should be banned because they cause pollution, they harm animals and humans, and they take a long time to decompose.
Firstly, single-use plastics can cause pollution. Items made out of single-use plastics like lunch boxes and bags can be easily broken, so people need new ones and throw away used ones frequently. As a result, large amount of plastic wastes are generated every day, which could have been reduced if plastics are re-usable. Research shows that plastics can release harmful substances like carcinogen. It means the more plastics wastes there are, the more harmful they can be. Because of these facts, it shows that single-use plastics can cause a massive amount of contamination to the environment.
Secondly, single-use plastics can harm animals and humans. They are often thrown away to places like rivers, forests and seas since they cannot be reused, and there are animals that live in these places. Many animals are found dead, and there are plastics inside them because they thought plastics are food. Another example is that people burn plastics to dispose them. When plastics are burnt, Dioxin is found in the air around where the plastics are. Dioxin is a group of highly toxic chemical compounds that are harmful to health, and human can easily breathe it in. Even if people don’t breathe in, Dioxin might also go into soil, and the crops which grow in the soil are also harmful to health. People might just eat the harmful crops or they may eat the animals that have eaten the crops. This shows that plastics can cause serious damages to the health of human and animals.
People can argue that single-use plastics are convenient, but this convenience leads to many problems. Research shows that single-use plastic bags are only used for 12 minutes on average, but a single piece of plastic can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, and the plastics on Earth can even form an island. Because the speed people throw away plastics is way quicker than the speed it takes for plastics to decompose, more plastics will appear, and that cause more inconvenience than the convenience single-use plastics bring to people.
In conclusion, single-use plastics should be banned because they cause a massive amount of pollution, harm living creatures, and have a long-lasting negative effect to the world. Because of all of the negative sides they have, single-use plastics should be banned.