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On July 3rd, an International plastic bag free day aims to raise the harmful impact of using plastic bags. Not only it also engages people but also shows them the ways to do so. This day teaches us to create a plastic bag-free world. Also, it was created as a worldwide initiative for the sole purpose of getting rid of single-use plastic bags around the world. Plastic goods takes a long time to photo-degrade around 300 years. They are also difficult and costly to recycle. They break into toxic particles, contaminated soils & waterways, and harm the animals by entering their food chain.
• High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Bags – This is used to make unbranded ‘singlet’ bags that are commonly used in supermarkets, service stations, and food outlets. Also, HDPE is manufacture from ethylene and is a by-product of gas or oil refining. These types of bags are fully recyclable but do not biodegrade.
• Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) – These are generally brand and use as ‘boutique’ bags at stores selling higher-value goods at department stores. LDPE is also manufacture from ethylene and is a by-product of gas or oil refining. Like HDPE, LDPE does not biodegrade. There are no recycling programs in King County for LDPE bags.
• Non-woven Polypropylene – This type of plastic is used to make ‘reusable’ bags. There is currently no recycling market for polypropylene bags at end-of-life due to their relatively low volume in King County. Non-woven polypropylene is also non-biodegradable.
• Degradable Plastic Bags – Degradable plastic is designed to change its chemical structure under specific environmental conditions. It can be broken down by chemical or biological processes.
There are 5 different types of degradable polymers –
1. Biodegradable polymers.
2. Compostable polymers.
3. Oxi-biodegradable polymers.
4. Photodegradable polymers.
5. Water-soluble polymers.
“Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest”
– Charles Moore
The main problem is plastic because of their long-lasting nature, our planet is becoming surrounded by them. Hence, Marine ecosystems are being affect by plastic waste and suffering terribly. More than 100 species of sea birds have ingested plastic artifacts and more than 250 species have become entangled in plastic. So, it is one of the most urgent threats which plastic waste cause. To keep those in mind with the safety of nature animals are humans we celebrate this day.
On every 3rd of July, we celebrate this day to protect our planet. Also, thousands of people are joining the cause and it will be a huge success. So let us celebrate this day to educate ourselves about the hazardous effects of plastics and spread the word.
! LET US MAKE THIS PLANET PLASTIC FREE AND PROTECT OUR BIODIVERSITY!