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5 Popular Myths about Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are an integral part of our households and our lives. Almost anywhere you go, you will find plastic bags. One of the most common uses of these plastic bags is to carry or store a variety of items. But these durable bags are gradually being replaced by reusable bags. Everyone talks about how plastic bags are causing harmful effects on the environment, but no one tries to address the myths that surround this versatile product.

So, here is the truth about the most popular myths about plastic bags.

Myth 1: Plastic bags need great amounts of crude oil – a non-renewable resource

Plastic bags are made from the by-products of petroleum refining. A very little percentage of oil is converted into plastic and this includes anything made from plastic, not just plastic bags. And it is natural gas that is the raw material for most of these plastic carrier bags.

Myth 2: Help the environment by banning plastic

Most bans fail for a variety of reasons, but the biggest reason is the lack of support from the local population. Elimination of plastic bags will have no significant impact on the overall garbage reduction. In fact, imposing a tax on plastic bags resulted in more plastic bags going into landfills.

Myth 3: Plastic bags have a low rate of recycling and the process is expensive

This is not true. Plastic bags are easy to recycle, in the right recycling facilities. Plastic can also be recycled in a simple, cost-effective and energy-efficient process.

Myth 4: Paper bags are better than plastic bags

People often think that paper bags are environment-friendly since they are made from a renewable source, can biodegrade and are recyclable.

The fact is plastic bags are much better than paper bags, in terms of manufacturing, reuse, solid waste volume, and generation. Paper generates much more solid waste than plastic bags and increases the recycling costs too.

Myth 5: Plastic bags create litter

Plastic bags just make up 1% of the total litter. This litter problem’s biggest culprits are cigarette ends, snack packets or fast food packaging. So, banning plastic bags will not have a significant impact on litter. However, education and new initiatives of recycling can help to spread awareness and control the amount of wastage disposed of.

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