Victoria has decided to finally ban plastic bags from all retail outlets. Banning plastic bags can help our environment greatly and it’s great that a state in Australia has finally made it happen.
State Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio told reporters today the ban is about making an impact environmentally.
“Victorians use more than a billion of these bags each and every year; more than 10 million of these end up as litter in our environment,” she said.
“We know that that’s not good enough.”
Reasons why plastic bags should be banned:
- Plastic bags do not only pollute our water but also our land. These litters get caught up in between trees, fences, and floats in water bodies thus moving to the world’s oceans.
- The plastic bags are made from non-renewable sources and on this account, highly contribute to climate change.
- Plastic bags do not degrade. In truth, petroleum-based plastic bags never degrade.
- Plastic bags are harmful to wildlife and marine life. Birds, animals and marine life such as sea turtles and fish often mistake the plastic bag and other plastic materials for food and consume them.
Plastic bags are harmful to human health. There are some chemicals from the plastic bags which can disrupt the normal functioning of hormones in the body. Most plastic fragments in the oceans like plastic bags have some pollutants such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) together with PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) which are hormone-disrupting
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