Many animals die because of the plastic we, humans are responsible for. Over 1 million animal deaths are reported each year. The government should ban single-use plastic because plastic creates pollution, increases the demand for plastic, and most importantly, harms the environment.
Firstly, a ban on plastic is needed to stop toxic air. Plastics pollute not only our clear blue skies but also the ocean. We are connected to the ocean, the ocean provides us the oxygen we breathe and the climate. 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with the ocean’s water. We need a healthier ocean to survive. The OECD community stated, “More than three billion people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods, the vast majority in developing countries. Over 3 billion people worldwide rely on food from the ocean, as a significant source of animal protein.” If the ocean’s water is not clean, and the skies are polluted then humans and animals will not survive.
Secondly, banning plastic will have a large positive economic impact, as the ban would decrease the demand for disposable plastic, and increase the demand for reusable plastic. By producing more sustainable alternatives, it can increase employment for the production of the alternative. Another negative economic impact is that many pieces of plastic are caught up on the streets, and even clog the drainage system, this could lead to causing severe flooding. Plastic bags are now amongst the top 12 items of debris most often found along coastlines. The result is that the government would spend more money and more time to solve this problem.
Some people argue that the ban on plastic would be impossible since plastic is used very often in everyday life. They say plastic is efficient, durable, and lightweight. But, the lightweight material can be caught in trees, fences or it could even end up floating in the ocean. Studies show that in the middle of the ocean, there is 1.6 km of garbage- mostly plastic there. The reason for plastic to be efficient and durable is because there is a lot of toxic chemicals added to the material. Plastic is leaking that toxic chemical, harming not only our environment but also animals and even humans.
Plastic is everywhere and it is killing the environment and ourselves. Plastic is being dumped into the ocean, and researchers found out that marine life has been mistaking plastic for food. ABC News reported that 35% of sea turtle deaths are caused by consuming plastic. Risking lives, our world just to use a material-efficient and durable is selfish of humans. If we make a move and ban plastic we can stop polluting the air, there would be a large positive economic impact, and most importantly, we can stop plastic severely harming the environment, the ocean, animals, humans, and our home-the Earth. Therefore, single-use plastic should be banned.