Plastic Bags Don’t Suit You

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Plastic Bags Don’t Suit You: A campaign to reduce plastic bag use
Plastic bags, invented in the 1930s, were first introduced to super markets in 1977. In the following decades, they have spread all over the world. Currently, almost 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide every year (Warner, 2010). This waste can be considered as a symbol of consumerism. Meanwhile, it’s also the evidence of our ignoring the environment. In the past half century, efforts have been made to reduce or even eliminate the use of plastic bags. Until now, the global use of plastic bags has been on the rise, according to The Culvert Chronicles (2011). That’s why this national campaign needs to be launched. It’s time to declare a war against the plastic bags. And with the assistance of multiple cognitive theories, it’s not hard to win this war.
Harm of massive plastic bag use
Plastic bags are usually made from oil. In the US alone, an estimate that about 12 million barrels of oil were needed to meet the US citizens’ needs of 100 billion plastic bags in the year 2001 (Jenkins, 2011). And if we think about the global situation, the oil consumption resulted from modern society’s addiction to single-use plastic bags can be a major contributor to global warming (Khoo, H.H., & Tan, R.B.H., 2010). Moreover, oil is not renewable, and our attempts of finding new alternative energy haven’t been proved effective so far.
Both manufacturing and recycling plastic bags generates toxic gases, like compounds of nitrogen and oxygen or compounds of sulphur and oxygen (Obrine, 2010). Let alone those greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. And the additives used in plastic bag manufacturing may leach into the food or other content (Butler, 2007). To make things worse, most plastic bags are chemically attractive to the toxins in the environment, like PCBs and pesticide metabolites (Mieszkowski, 2007),…...

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