We are producing more than 300 million tons of plastic each year, half of which is for single-used items. Single-use plastic can be found almost anywhere on earth, but are they good for you? No. The government should ban single use plastic because they can harm animals, harm humans, and pollute the earth. They could cause a great disaster for our planet, especially the animals.
First, plastic can cause a lot of harm for the animals. Most likely the marine animals. More than 100 million marine animals, such as mammals, sharks, turtles, birds, and more are killed each year from plastic. More than 1.1 million are seabirds. When animals see plastic floating on the surface of the ocean, they might mistake it as their prey and eat them. They can also get tangled in plastic while fleeing from a predator. When they get tangled by plastic, it can damage their health or maybe kill them. Getting wrapped or tangled will cause them to be unable to move. Furthermore, they might suffocate, starve, or even drown (due to the lack of air). Because plastic can be broken into smaller pieces, it would be easier for the animals to consume them. More than 90% of all birds and fish have particles of plastic waste in their stomach. Plastic is inedible, but the poor animals can’t avoid them, needing to experience such tragedy.
If plastic can harm animals, it surely will harm us, too. Fish are contained in meals that we eat, but if the fish ate the plastic, we will also swallow those nasty single-use plastics. Just like getting nutrients from the fish, we’re also getting plastic from them. In the production of making single-use plastics, it releases dioxins, phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, and more toxic chemicals. These chemicals added to plastic can alter hormones or other potential human health effects. It’s likely that you will see plastic wrapped around your food as packaging, so it’s possible that the chemicals will get into the food we eat, which we can end up consuming. Plastic can already harm animals and humans, but there’s still more to cover.
Some people might say, plastic bags can benefit us in some way, and that if we used paper bags to replace them, they can also cause pollution, and wouldn’t make anything better. However, if you think the amount of pollution paper bags cause is already an abundant amount, you would be surprised with how much more harm and pollution plastic will cause. Plastic can affect the land, water, and air. First and foremost, paper bags are biodegradable, which means that they can be broken down. While on the other hand, single-use plastic is not. Plastic can release the chemicals into the soil, and can go into the roots of the plants, but also seep into the water. In addition, 1.1-8.8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year. Plastic can also pollute the air, some people might burn the plastics to get rid of them, but igniting the plastic will release toxic gas such as dioxins or furans into the air. Which is one of the reasons why some countries have extremely bad air quality.
If we can’t use plastic, we can still use other materials or resources that can help the earth become a better place. Plastic can harm animals, us, and the environment. Banning it can make the earth a much cleaner, safer, and enjoyable space we’d like to live in.