Before the advent of poly-bags, people did shop, buy things, bring eatablesfrom the market, and did the same marketing as is done now. How did they doit? The raw material for the bag was decided by its usage. Cloth bags for lighteritems, Gunny bags/Jute bags for voluminous and heavier goods. The cost didnot justify use and discard attitude. These bags were washable and reusablelasting for six months to a year.
Plastic and its Environmental Hazards:
The hazards plastics pose are numerous. The land gets littered by plastic baggarbage presenting an ugly and unhygienic seen. The "Throw away culture"results in these bags finding their way in to the city drainage system, theresulting blockage cases inconvenience, difficult in maintaining the drainagewith increased cost, creates unhygienic environment resulting in health hazardand spreading of water borne diseases. This littering also reduces rate of rainwater percolating, resulting in lowering of already low water levels in ourcities. The soil fertility deteriorates as the plastic bags form part of manureremains in the soil for years. It has been observed that the animals eating thebags sometimes die. Plastic goes into the ocean which is already a plasticinfested body of water. Fish and other marine species in the water ways,misunderstanding plastic garbage as food items swallow them and die.
Should use of Plastic be totally banned?
Many household utility items like needle, scissors, and blades can heart if nothandled properly. Children need to be trained in their proper handling. Theseutility items are not banned. But because of throw away culture and noobjection from passer by, the advice on sensible disposal of plastic bags are notheeded by general public forcing the government to consider banning of plasticbags all together. "Should plastic carry bags and bottles be banned in totality?"- is a heated issue today. Its world annual average consumption is an alarming18 kg. But too many do it as our cities as it have huge population. The countryyet to take a serious view of the issue and have a uniform nation-wide law forindiscreet disposals of plastic bags. People should be educated on the properways of plastic bag usage and the disposal. The teaching should start right fromthe primary schools. Plastic is an eco-friendly material. The real problem islittering, some claim. But there is hardly anybody who agrees with suchviewpoint. Thinking rationally, the whole idea of educating people aboutplastic bags, although very ambitious, and it is as difficult as banning smokingThe conventional older and tested alternatives offers an easy, if not fullyequitable and practical solution. And all the hype that poly-bags pollute is nottotally false. It is not that poly-bags are responsible for the ills, of course not,it is the humans. It is ignorance (or who cares attitude). We have not bannedsewing needles they pierce through the skin. It's a stupid idea. Whether it isthe common citizen, the government official or the hard-hit plastic bag