Plastic bags – the scourge of the 21st century.
Being an avid adventurer by nature and loving nothing better than travelling the world and meeting new people, it was doing precisely this, that I first became aware of how much of an environmental disaster plastic bags are.
Travelling through the middle east and coming near to Damascus I could see all these coloured balloons hovering on the horizon and thought how wonderful. They must have escaped from a party or factory. But as we got closer I realised this was not the case as there were too many. On closer inspection it turned out that the lovely “balloons” hovering in the distance were actually thousands of plastic bags that had been discarded and were floating over the sand dunes as the wind picked them up and wafted them about.
Plastic bags are the scourge of the twentieth century. I applaud the local councils and community groups that have banned the use of them and think that they should be outlawed. We have alternatives to do our shopping with such as biodegradable, degradable and re usable bags so it makes no sense that we still produce them.
I have noticed that a lot of supermarkets have signs saying they do not give out plastic bags if you have under 3 items but this does not seem to be so in reality.
It seems to depend on what suburb you live in as to whether or not the checkout person insists on giving you a plastic bag.
If you shop in the more affluent suburbs it is assumed you don’t want one, but if you shop in a less affluent area you are more than likely to have them forced onto you.
I have tested my theory and nearly always have a fight on my hands with the checkout person in this situation even when I clearly have a re usable bag with me. They seem to insist on my need for a plastic bag even when I refuse one.
Supermarkets need to educate their staff more on the environmentally hazardous bags used at their checkouts.
Do we need to explain the damage to wildlife and marine life when they consume these bags thinking they are food. Think about it – in the water a plastic bag floats around and looks like a squid to some animals, who then eat it or get entangled and end up dead.
In a zoo in Indonesia a Giraffe died and the autopsy revealed a 20 kilogram ball of plastic in its stomach. Apparently it was eating the plastic that was discarded by the very people who come to admire it. http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-38023-20-kgs-of-plastic-found-in-dead-giraffe
Makes no sense at all to me so I urge everyone say no to plastic bags.