You all have heard it before. We only have one Earth. Our big beautiful blue marble; hurling through space as a beacon of life. Well if we keep going at the rate we are with polluting it; it’s going to become the great garbage ball in space. In America alone we use 100 billion plastic bags each year. When we go to the store we use multiple bags. We even buy plastic bags to put in our trash cans. Think about the last time you stopped at a convenience store. How many items did you buy? One, two, I’m sure it wasn’t a lot. Did you really need a plastic bag to carry it?
Now think of how many plastic bags you have used in the past week. Now consider this. Is that average for you? If so multiply that by 52 weeks in a year. Let’s say you only use 3 plastic bags a week. 3 times 52 are 156 plastic bags. You just put 156 plastic bags into the ground. I know you are thinking so what, it isn’t your problem. Well that plastic bag you just tossed out, will take around 1000 years to decompose. Still think it isn’t your problem? Let’s dig a little more. How about plastic bottles? I’m guilty of this one. How many sodas, water, etc. do you drink in a week? I drink a lot of flavor water, so I go through about 10 to 12 a week. I’m drinking from a plastic water bottle as I am typing this.
When we toss these into the trash they end up in a land fill or incinerator. Out of the two, I believe the incinerator is the worst. Once it is burned up, all those chemicals that made the plastic bag and bottles goes into the air. I don’t think it gets filtered. I haven’t even touched on all the other items that are made of plastic. Have a look in your fridge. Feel sick yet? I do. However, you can help to make a difference. Buy cloth bags to do your shopping with. I have several that I try to use when I go to the store. To be fair, I don’t always have them with me. When I go to a convenience store I refuse the plastic bag if it is only a few items.
Another way to help out is to recycle the plastic you use. Reach out to your state or local city officials and find out how you can start recycling. If you still don’t think you need to worry about this, let me ask you. Have you ever heard of the great Pacific garbage patch? It is a collection of trash, plastics, and other items. It grows yearly. Below are the links to the articles I researched when writing this. Give them a read and learn more about what we face. The image below if of the great Pacific garbage patch, do your part to help protect our planet.