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Elenis Vergara
Maria Icaza
College Writing 101
21 July 2021
Plastic Should Be Banned
Today, plastic products are part of our daily routine. We usually use plastic bags to carry
utensils, we use gloves to carry out certain activities or we simply use a straw to drink something
in restaurants. After using these materials, we throw them away which lead to contamination.
Most of these materials end up in different bodies of water, which increases pollution of the
existing water in rivers and oceans. According to the associate editor at Global Citizen; Daniele
Selby, Despite efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic products as well as countries who
have banned plastic use in some instances, experts predict that plastic production will increase by
40% in the next ten years (Selby) Here since you mentioned her name just give the page
number where this information is. If there not not a page number you could indicate the
paragraph #. Therefore, we must eliminate the use of plastic and urge global industries to use
alternative materials to plastic when manufacturing their products to reduce the magnitude of
existing landfills and stop the threat to animal life, nature and humans.
The Swedish company Celloplast is credited with developing bags made of plastic. Tn he
first design of the polyethylene bag was created/invented by researcher Sten Gustaf Thulin.
(citation required.) This resulted in the loss of natural and organic materials used to transport
utensils such as cloth and paper bags. The use of plastic bags became a famous practice among
European markets and American markets. During the 1980s, supermarkets were promoting the
use of these bags for their ease. They are considered the main responsible source for promoting
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the use of these products with the transport of different merchandise. In fact, Pheobe Weston
stated in her article that “In 1982 two of the biggest supermarket chains in the US Safeway and
Kroger switched to plastic bags and by the end of the decade they almost replaced paper bags
around the whole world (Weston). Since then, these plastic products have risen to a higher level
among the world's most indispensable items.
Most of the single-use plastic products and the materials used for packaging are not
deposited in the respective containers for later disposal in landfills, incinerators or recycling
centers, which causes the increase in environmental pollution. In general, plastic bags are made
from long chains of ethylene monomer molecules. This molecule is derived from natural gas and
oil. These products are used for the production of plastic and have a too raw finish. To improve
the finish of the plastic, the industries add various chemical products and some dyes. This makes
this article a non-biodegradable material. They tend to continue in natural environments with a
very slow decomposition time. As stated by Joshua Davis in his article “Plastics can take
anywhere from 20 to 500 years to decompose, depending on the material and structure.
Additionally, how fast a plastic break down depends on sunlight exposure (Davis). This,
therefore, has affected the issues of nature that are related to the longevity of the world as a
whole with the number of creatures that have been staying within the planet.
According to the investigations about this problem of the use of plastics, it is affirmed
that we, human beings, are mainly responsible for the enormous production of plastic around the
world. As reported by Roni Dangler’s articleAs of 2015, the grand total of all plastic ever made
since 1950 amounts to 8.3 billion metric tons (Dengler). This results in a growth in the amount
of non-degradable waste items. This increase led to an increase in extreme environmental
pollution creating large masses of garbage all over the planet. According to the reporter of the
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New York Times; Lindsey Hoshaw, Charles Moore found the Pacific garbage patch by accident
12 years ago, when he came upon it on his way back from a sailing race in Hawaii (Hoshaw).
This expanse of debris is known as the Giant Pacific Garbage Patch which is made up mostly of
plastic wastes.
Plastic items have had a very detrimental effect on the environment in recent years.
Mainly, the area most affected by this contamination has been the large bodies of water that
surround the planet. Not only affecting the vital fluid, but it has had a deleterious effect on the
health and well-being of aquatic animals. Simon Reddy, director of the Pew’s protecting coastal
wetlands and coral reefs project, claimed that “Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals
can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning
(Reddy). This has resulted from the intake of small plastic particles through the consumption of
shellfish in our diet. Marine animals are generally condemned to a slow and safe death ending up
being washed ashore without life. Additionally, the incorporation of large amounts of plastics in
the oceans leads to a decrease in the amount of groundwater that is supposed to accumulate on
the planet.
Plastic pollution has increased dramatically in recent years. It is not surprising then that
this produces harmful effects on human health due to the chemical components that are often
toxic. One of the disadvantages of using plastics is the degradation of the quality of the food that
is transported together. Therefore, this is considered to increase the harmful effects on food
compared to that transported in containers made of stainless steel or other similar metals. Besides
being a food pollutant, it is also a pollutant of the air we breathe. The extraction of assets for this
material normally leads to invasive cycles. These will in general deliver harmful substances into
the air that dirty the general climate. This can pose problems for the human body. In fact, the
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physicists Suzie Hall stated that “Cancer, diabetes, chronic inflammation, and various immune
diseases are just a few examples of serious problems potentially caused by plastic and its toxic
components (Hall).
Taking into account all the previous points, it can be concluded that plastic materials are
a major problem today. Initially, the plastic bags were only produced for industrial use.
However, as the years went by, its use expanded to become an article of daily use. Currently, the
facts represent a misuse of these items. What has produced a great environmental deterioration as
well as produced great climatic changes around the world. In addition, this could lead to an
increase in the number of non-degradable disposable items in the environment, not counting the
danger it causes to marine and human life. Faced with this problem, it is essential to implement
alternative materials to plastic in order to eradicate once and for all the use of this material in
human life.
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Works Cited
Davis, Joshua. How Long Does It Take for Plastic to Decompose?” Chariot Energy, 10 Feb.
2021. Web. 20 July 2021. https://chariotenergy.com/blog/how-long-until-plastic-
decomposes/.
Dengler, Roni. Humans have made 8.3 billion tons of plastic. Where does it all go?” Pbs News
Hour, 19 July 2017. Web. 20 July 2021. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/humans-
made-8-3-billion-tons-plastic-go.
Hall, Suzie. A Summary of the Effects of Plastic on Human Health.” Azo Clean Tech, 26 Feb.
2020. Web. 20 July 2021. https://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=1053.
Hoshaw, Lindsey. “Afloat in the Ocean, Expanding Islands of Trash. “ The New York Times, 9
Nov. 2009. Web. 20 July 2021.
https://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/science/10patch.html.
Reddy, Simon. Plastic Pollution Affects Sea Life Throughout the Ocean.” Pew Trust, 24 Sept
2018. Web. 20 de July de 2021. https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-
analysis/articles/2018/09/24/plastic-pollution-affects-sea-life-throughout-the-ocean.
Selby, Daniele. “Plastic Production Will Increase by 40% Over the Next Decade.” Global
Citizen, 26 Dec. 2017. Web. 20 July 2021.
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/plastic-production-increase-pollution-ocean-
waste/?template=next.
Weston, Pheobe. Plastic bags were created to save the planet, inventor’s son says.”
Independent, 17 Oct. 2019. Web. 20 July 2021. https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-
change/news/plastic-bags-pollution-paper-cotton-tote-bags-environment-a9159731.html

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Vergara 1 Elenis Vergara Maria Icaza College Writing 101 21 July 2021 Plastic Should Be Banned Today, plastic products are part of our daily routine. We usually use plastic bags to carry utensils, we use gloves to carry out certain activities or we simply use a straw to drink something in restaurants. After using these materials, we throw them away which lead to contamination. Most of these materials end up in different bodies of water, which increases pollution of the existing water in rivers and oceans. According to the associate editor at Global Citizen; Daniele Selby, “Despite efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic products as well as countries who have banned plastic use in some instances, experts predict that plastic production will increase by 40% in the next ten years” (Selby) Here since you mentioned her name just give the page number where this information is. If there not not a page number you could indicate the paragraph #. Therefore, we must eliminate the use of plastic and urge global industries to use alternative materials to plastic when manufacturing their products to reduce the magnitude of existing landfills and stop the threat to animal life, nature and humans. The Swedish company Celloplast is credited with developing bags made of plastic. Tn he first design of the polyethylene bag was created/invented by researcher Sten Gustaf Thulin. (citation required.) This resulted in the loss of natural and organic materials used to transport utensils such as cloth and paper bags. The use of plastic bags became a famous practice among European markets and American markets. During the 1980s, supermarkets were promoting the use of these bags for their ease. They are considered the main responsible source for promoting Vergara 2 the use of these products with the transport of different merchandise. In fact, Pheobe Weston stated in her article that “In 1982 two of the biggest supermarket chains in the US – Safeway and Kroger – switched to plastic bags and by the end of the decade they almost replaced paper bags around the whole world” (Weston). Since then, these plastic products have risen to a higher level among the world's most indispensable items. Most of the single-use plastic products and the materials used for packaging are not deposited in the respective containers for later disposal in landfills, incinerators or recycling centers, which causes the increase in environmental pollution. In general, plastic bags are made from long chains of ethylene monomer molecules. This molecule is derived from natural gas and oil. These products are used for the production of plastic and have a too raw finish. To improve the finish of the plastic, the industries add various chemical products and some dyes. This makes this article a non-biodegradable material. They tend to continue in natural environments with a very slow decomposition time. As stated by Joshua Davis in his article “Plastics can take anywhere from 20 to 500 years to decompose, depending on the material and structure. Additionally, how fast a plastic break down depends on sunlight exposure” (Davis). This, therefore, has affected the issues of nature that are related to the longevity of the world as a whole with the number of creatures that have been staying within the planet. According to the investigations about this problem of the use of plastics, it is affirmed that we, human beings, are mainly responsible for the enormous production of plastic around the world. As reported by Roni Dangler’s article“As of 2015, the grand total of all plastic ever made since 1950 amounts to 8.3 billion metric tons” (Dengler). This results in a growth in the amount of non-degradable waste items. This increase led to an increase in extreme environmental pollution creating large masses of garbage all over the planet. According to the reporter of the Vergara 3 New York Times; Lindsey Hoshaw, “Charles Moore found the Pacific garbage patch by accident 12 years ago, when he came upon it on his way back from a sailing race in Hawaii” (Hoshaw). This expanse of debris is known as the Giant Pacific Garbage Patch which is made up mostly of plastic wastes. Plastic items have had a very detrimental effect on the environment in recent years. Mainly, the area most affected by this contamination has been the large bodies of water that surround the planet. Not only affecting the vital fluid, but it has had a deleterious effect on the health and well-being of aquatic animals. Simon Reddy, director of the Pew’s protecting coastal wetlands and coral reefs project, claimed that “Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris, causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning” (Reddy). This has resulted from the intake of small plastic particles through the consumption of shellfish in our diet. Marine animals are generally condemned to a slow and safe death ending up being washed ashore without life. Additionally, the incorporation of large amounts of plastics in the oceans leads to a decrease in the amount of groundwater that is supposed to accumulate on the planet. Plastic pollution has increased dramatically in recent years. It is not surprising then that this produces harmful effects on human health due to the chemical components that are often toxic. One of the disadvantages of using plastics is the degradation of the quality of the food that is transported together. Therefore, this is considered to increase the harmful effects on food compared to that transported in containers made of stainless steel or other similar metals. Besides being a food pollutant, it is also a pollutant of the air we breathe. The extraction of assets for this material normally leads to invasive cycles. These will in general deliver harmful substances into the air that dirty the general climate. This can pose problems for the human body. In fact, the Vergara 4 physicists Suzie Hall stated that “Cancer, diabetes, chronic inflammation, and various immune diseases are just a few examples of serious problems potentially caused by plastic and its toxic components” (Hall). Taking into account all the previous points, it can be concluded that plastic materials are a major problem today. Initially, the plastic bags were only produced for industrial use. However, as the years went by, its use expanded to become an article of daily use. Currently, the facts represent a misuse of these items. What has produced a great environmental deterioration as well as produced great climatic changes around the world. In addition, this could lead to an increase in the number of non-degradable disposable items in the environment, not counting the danger it causes to marine and human life. Faced with this problem, it is essential to implement alternative materials to plastic in order to eradicate once and for all the use of this material in human life. Vergara 5 Works Cited Davis, Joshua. “How Long Does It Take for Plastic to Decompose?” Chariot Energy, 10 Feb. 2021. Web. 20 July 2021. https://chariotenergy.com/blog/how-long-until-plasticdecomposes/. Dengler, Roni. “Humans have made 8.3 billion tons of plastic. Where does it all go?” Pbs News Hour, 19 July 2017. Web. 20 July 2021. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/humansmade-8-3-billion-tons-plastic-go. Hall, Suzie. “A Summary of the Effects of Plastic on Human Health.” Azo Clean Tech, 26 Feb. 2020. Web. 20 July 2021. https://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=1053. Hoshaw, Lindsey. “Afloat in the Ocean, Expanding Islands of Trash. “ The New York Times, 9 Nov. 2009. Web. 20 July 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/science/10patch.html. Reddy, Simon. “Plastic Pollution Affects Sea Life Throughout the Ocean.” Pew Trust, 24 Sept 2018. Web. 20 de July de 2021. https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-andanalysis/articles/2018/09/24/plastic-pollution-affects-sea-life-throughout-the-ocean. Selby, Daniele. “Plastic Production Will Increase by 40% Over the Next Decade.” Global Citizen, 26 Dec. 2017. Web. 20 July 2021. https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/plastic-production-increase-pollution-oceanwaste/?template=next. Weston, Pheobe. “Plastic bags were created to save the planet, inventor’s son says.” Independent, 17 Oct. 2019. 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