Lesson 2: The Cold Hard Facts About Plastic Bags

26 Mar

The Majestic Plastic Bag

In our last lesson, we heard the autobiography of a plastic bag. Judging by what we saw, we can assume that plastic bags have it hard. The plastic bag in the video had a reason to feel unwanted. The average American uses a plastic bag for only 15 minutes. Also, plastic bags take for ever to decompose. Light breaks plastic down so it photodegrades rather than biodegrades. Estimates say that this process can take up to 500 or even 1000 years in landfills. Unfortunately, we don’t really know, as plastic is a relatively new invention. Plastic waste is deceptive for birds and other wildlife, who mistake it for food. And you can imagine how eating plastic messes with an animal’s intestine.

However, it isn’t all doom and gloom. In our next lesson, we will learn about how people are putting plastic bags to good use and what you can do to help.

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