benchmark essay

Topics: Environmentalism, Pollution, Bags Pages: 4 (851 words) Published: June 16, 2014
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Nuha Mirza

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Ms. Monique

June 9, 2014

Alternative Energy:

Should Plastic Bags Be Completely Banned?

Nobody wants to pollute the environment on purpose. Research

proves that plastic bags damage nature, they kill animals, they don’t only create environmental problems, but also reinforces the perception of a wasteful society.

Plastic is a synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers such as polyethylene, nylon, etc., that can be molded into shape while soft, and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form. “Plastic causes pollution, and it also causes harm to animals and marine life”(Bethany Wieman and Demand Media, 24 May 2014). Today the leading cause of pollution and harming people and animals are plastic bags. These days’ plastic bags are being used very often, in fact plastic bags are being used in people’s daily lives and that is why pollution is being caused so much these days. Air pollution consists of solid particles and gases. “Many pollutants are carcinogens. People who breathe in these poisons are at a higher risk for asthma and reproductive-system damage. Environmental Protection Agency, birth defects can also be caused by air pollution.”(Bethany Wieman and Demand Media, 24 May 2014). Plastic bags litter the landscape; kill animals, and defeats biodegradation.

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Each year, more and more bags are ending up littering the environment. Once they become litter, plastic bags find their way into our waterways, parks, beaches, and streets, and plastic bags also clog water bodies, canals. And, if they are burned, they infuse the air with toxic fumes. One of the worst environmental effects is they are non-biodegradable. “The decomposition takes about 400 years. No one will live so long to witness decomposition of plastic.” (Rita Putatunda,...
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