Each of us can make a huge difference in reducing the environmental impact of our actions on the planet. We’ve seen the results of our indifference to climate change and global warming. Venice is flooded. Last summer, Australia suffered from the worst heat index ever recorded. The U.S. East Coast had a bizarre Arctic blast last winter season. It’s time to take matters into our own hands. We need to act fast if we want to save whatever resources we have left.
Businesses should do their part, too, by producing reusable carry bags in Brisbane or other cities for their customers. Grocery stores should allow their customers to bring their own reusable bags. Stop asking “paper or plastic?” The customer will always give the wrong answer. Both plastic and paper products are harmful to the environment. They end up in landfills. It takes centuries for them to decompose. Truly, there is no benefit to using single-use paper and plastic bags.
Do you know that your car can drive for a mile using the same amount of gasoline it will take to produce 14 pieces of plastic bags? In the U.S., manufacturers use 12 million barrels of oil for the production of all plastic bags Americans consume each year. Can you imagine how 12 million extra barrels of oil will impact gas prices? So when talking about plastic bags, it’s not just the waste that you should be trying to eliminate. Producing these bags may even have a worse impact on the environment than originally thought.
Think about this: Assuming that plastic bags end up in landfills, and not in water streams, oceans, and rivers, they take between 15 and 1,000 years to decompose. Every year, only 1% of plastic bags are recycled. That’s 1% of a whopping 100 billion plastic bags that Americans use each year. The effects of plastic on the environment are devastating. You see the photos of sea turtles caught in plastic, and you wonder what you could do to prevent this from happening again.
On the part of the consumer, they can save money if they choose a reusable bag upfront. You may have to pay around $5 for one reusable shopping bag when you go to the grocery store. But many businesses now charge around 15 cents for plastic bags. That money will go to organizations that research ways of recycling plastic bags. Imagine spending 15 cents every time you go to the store. Why not buy the alternative, save money, and save the environment?
For businesses, this is an opportunity to raise some profits. They can produce the shopping bags themselves. They can look for partners who can manufacture these bags for them. This is a great opportunity to earn extra cash. It might also cover some of the losses incurred when the government started cracking down on single-use plastic. Many customers are willing to pay $5 for a reusable shopping bag if they think that will help the environment. You do a small part any way you can.
Everywhere you go, there are plastic bags. There are plastic bags in the trash, in your house, and in your office. This is a symbol of people’s uncontrolled consumerism. Businesses and individuals must do their part in protecting the environment and deterring its further degradation.