Plastic carry bag pollution :-
Plastic has replaced the traditional material ( paper/cloth etc) as packing and carry bags because of its low cost of production, light weight, strength, easy process of manufacture, and availability. Even though plastic bags can preserve food and can be used for growing vegetables in a controlled environment, their method of disposal has creates unprecedented pollution problem.
Plastic bags are so light and strong that they can carry normal weight, cheap and is used in all types of shops in our daily life. People are so accustomed to it, that they find it very difficult to part with it. Plastic bags have made it possible for people to go without bags to market or work place as these bags are availably for asking and can be thrown without a second thought.
There are numerous hazards of plastic carry bags. The land gets littered by plastic bag garbage presenting an ugly and unhygienic seen. The “Throw away culture” results in these bags finding their way in to the city drainage system, the resulting blockage cases inconvenience, difficult in maintaining the drainage with increased cost, creates unhygienic environment resulting in health hazard and spreading of water borne diseases. This littering also reduces rate of rain water percolating, resulting in lowering of already low water levels in our cities. The soil fertility deteriorates as the plastic bags form part of manure remain in the soil for years.
The animals eating the bags sometimes die. Plastic goes into the ocean which is already a plastic infested body of water. Fish and other marine species in the water ways, misunderstanding plastic garbage as food items swallow them and die. These plastic materials are so light that they are carried away by the moving vehicle, wind etc., scattered all over, making the surroundings look ugly.