Author: Kamesh Rajeshkumar Khatik, a student of Symbiosis Law School, Pune
Nowadays, many consider plastic to be a need. Water bottles, chairs, plates, glasses, and other products are all composed of plastic. People are either unaware or dismissive of the reality that plastics are harmful to the environment. The nature of the environment is being damaged by plastic; the land on which people and animals are leaving is being contaminated by plastics, and the water we drink is being poisoned by plastics. This causes significant sickness and many illnesses inadvertently. Plastic bags are an important source of pollution in the environment. Plastic, as a material, is non-biodegradable, and hence plastic bags pollute the environment for hundreds of years. Plastic bag bans have become critical before they utterly devastate our world. Many governments throughout the world have either banned or taxed plastic bags. However, the issue has not been totally remedied since the execution of these procedures has been less than satisfactory.
Plastic bans will have both good and bad consequences. How? The prohibition on plastics will immediately decrease pollution in the environment, which is a good effect; but, the ban on plastics will have an impact on the economy since large enterprises making plastic bags and plastic products would suffer significant losses. The majority of retail jobs will be lost. Plastic bag prohibitions not only provide merchants in areas where plastic bag bans do not exist an unfair edge, but they also have unforeseen effects. Theft of store shopping carts and baskets is more common in places with plastic bag prohibitions. Furthermore, shoppers use more plastic produce bags, reducing the impact of the restriction. It has been discovered that the government has declared it illegal to create, import, store, distribute, and sell 19 plastic goods that are not highly useful but have a high potential to become garbage. Plastic cups and ice cream sticks are among the things on the list. It has also been determined that thousands of other plastics, such as water bottles, chip bags, and so on, will not be banned. However, in this case, the central government has set goals for producers to meet in terms of recycling or disposing of them after use.
To summarize, the usage of plastic bags has been a problem for a long time, and it will continue until we stop using and manufacturing plastic bags. It is difficult to abandon plastic bags since they have served numerous purposes for everyone. Unfortunately, these plastic bags have caused significant damage to the environment and society. If civilization does not care for the one place we can dwell, the planet, it is frightening to consider where we could end up living if we survive. Plastic bags are ubiquitous, and it’s heartbreaking to witness how our seas, landfills, roads, marine critters, and wildlife suffer as a result of our ignorance. Society may be stupid in a variety of ways, but we can prevent this by acting and working as a team. As previously said, we can prohibit plastic bags in many more states and replace them with paper bags. For individuals who do not carry their own bags, paying 5 to 10 cents for plastic bags at shops is not a lot of money. If society cannot afford to pay for these bags, we may manufacture our own out of cloth, which will last far longer.
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