January 17

Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic bag
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Did you know 1,440 million plastic bags are used each day? Plastic bags are taking over the world! We should ban plastic bags. Plastic bags harm the environment. Second, they also kill animals, most of which are marine life. Third, It can also harm humans but most people don ’t know it.

Please Recycle

That’s a lot of plastic bags, right?

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One reason we should ban plastic bags is that they harm the environment. Plastic bags go in the soil and release toxic chemicals which are dangerous to those animals that live under the ground. Also, only 1-3% of our plastic bags are recycled, with a lot going into landfills or, worse, our oceans. Another fact is that it takes 1,000 years for plastic bags to break down!


Another reason we should ban plastic bags is that they kills animals. And did you know that 1 billion seabirds and mammals die each year for ingesting plastic bags? That’s a lot! Most animals mistake bags for food like jellyfish. Also, if animals are small enough they can get strangled in them when they’re floating around in the ocean. Something else is that land animals like seagulls eat plastic lying around near the ocean.


My last reason is that plastic bags harm humans too. When they make pollution, it hurts our health especially our lungs, if we breathe it in. People don’t also understand that when you use too many plastic bags, too much carbon dioxide gets in the air we will all die because there’s very low oxygen. We will run out of fish for food because they’d be dead by plastic bags.

Canvas bags are a better choice but only if you clean them because they have bacteria. Less than 5% of US shoppers use canvas bags. We need to change that number by using reusable bags. Let’s ban plastic bags! You’ll save tons of animal’s lives, help the environment, and help humans too.

January 17

No More Plastic Bags

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Did   you know that more than 100,000 plastic bags are killing sea animals every year? And yet, 500,000,000,000 plastic bags are used worldwide! Now that doesn’t make sense!!! All people and the earth would benefit if we banned plastic bags.

Did you know that it takes 10 to 20 years for plastic bags to reduce? On top of that it takes oil to make a plastic bag in the first place. Oil is VERY expensive and is the same stuff used to make gas for cars and run machines and lots of other stuff. “It takes about 430,000 gallons of oil to produce 100 million plastic bags, and the U.S. goes through 380 billion of them a year.”


So lets get back to the part when plastic bags reduce in 10 to 20 years. Well that isn’t so good, but this is the worst part. When it reduces there are still little bits of the plastic bag that can NEVER recycle! Guess who eats those tiny pieces? Yes, you with the groceries packed in your little plastic bag, you are correct, the sea animals!!! Let me list a few (maybe all). Sea turtles, sea lions, sea gulls, fish, penguins,and seals.


News flash people! If fish die then how will we have sushi!!!! But seriously, the ocean and all the things that live in it are really important to our environment. This is what Robert Hunziker, from The Dissident Voice says: “The ocean is the lifeblood of the world, and the survival of humanity is inextricably (that means you can’t separate it) linked to its health the ocean (1) creates more than half of our oxygen; (2) it drives weather systems”So what he is saying is that we should protect the ocean and all the creatures that live in it.


I got back from Hawaii a few days ago and it is a place where the people respect the environment and guess what  they have already banned plastic bags! I am also glad that I didn’t go to a different island – the island that is MADE of plastic bags! This island is in the Pacific Ocean between California and Japan (just a bit North of Hawaii). Guess how big it is? You won’t believe it… this island made of OUR TRASH is 2 TIMES BIGGER THAN TEXAS! So that is why we should ban plastic bags. We would all benefit if we all work together to ban plastic bags.