• Cordie Aziz

THE PLASTIC MENACE.

How did the plastic bag become both so popular in our society and yet problematic to the environment?

HISTORY OF PLASTICS

In 1965, Swedish company Cellopast came up with a design on which all plastic shopping bags are based, the model bag later became known as the "T-shirt plastic bag".

Moving forward the negative impact of plastics on the environment has become a global source of concern. A major attribute of plastics which has made it popular among human beings is because of its utility.

In Ghana the use of plastics is very popular from shopping bags, pure water sachet, bottles,packaging etc. Many Ghanaians are aware of the menace posed by plastic  but don't really know how to come out of it.

Single use plastics are one of the most objectionable types of litter in the urban areas and they have become a huge threat to the environment as an estimated 1 trillion of such bags are consumed worldwide every year. Examples of these kinds of plastics are plastic bags, straws, soda and water bottles, food packaging etc.


HOW DO WE RISE ABOVE PLASTICS?

Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other disposable plastic Seek out alternatives to the plastic items you rely on.Parents should place water bottles and food containers in their kids bag.Organisations should encourage its workforce to bring in their own water bottles to prevent the use of pure water sachet or mineral water.Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about the importance to reduce plastic in our lives.

Organisations like Environment360 have taken the mantle to educate children before they become adults so they can impact others why don't we also do same.



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