Plastic bags are big threat to the environment; they cause several different types of harm and tend to disrupt the environment in a serious way. They get into soil and slowly release toxic chemicals, with the unfortunate result being that animals eat them and often choke and die.
According to www.greenerideal.com, many animals including both terrestrial and aquatic varieties eat plastic bags, and suffer from serious health problems once they do. Researchers from the University of Queensland recently determined that approximately 52 percent of the world’s sea turtles have eaten plastic debris, much of it undoubtedly originating in the form of plastic bags.
A significant number of cows die each year after eating plastic bags that end up in their grazing grounds. Upon surgical examination, many of the cows injured by this plastic plague are found to have 50 or more plastic bags in their digestive tracts.
Even in urban areas, where wildlife is relatively scarce, plastic bags cause significant environmental harm. Runoff water collects and carries discarded plastic bags and ultimately washes them into storm sewers.
Once in these sewers, the bags often form clumps with other types of debris, and ultimately block the flow of water. This prevents runoff water from properly draining, which often inconveniences those living or working in the area.
Plastic bags are a significant environmental concern, as a species, we’ll need to carefully examine the challenges they present and implement strategies that are likely to reduce the amount of environmental damage they cause.