The excessive use of plastic bags is bad for the environment. Plastic bags are produced by non-renewable sources such as crude oil and natural gas. Only 5 percent of plastic bags are recycled across the country. Plastic bags take between 400 and 1,000 years to break down. Even then, it doesn’t fully decompose. More than one million plastic bags are used every minute worldwide. The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store. Although some people use them as garbage can liners and for pet waste, it is unlikely that they use this many. This is one thing that we could go without in our community.
Countless cities have taken action and put a ban or imposed a tax on the usage of plastic bags. It is time the Pakistani government took similar steps to curb the excessive use of plastic bags. People should be educated about sustaining the environment and moving forward. Banning or taxing plastic bags would only be one step, but with this one step, less physical waste will be produced. Fewer plastic bags will be on streets and fewer non-renewable sources will be used to produce the bags. The use of reusable bags can easily be incorporated into our society’s culture.