Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Should Plastic Bags Be Used At Supermarkets?

A few weeks ago in Te Ngahere we started writing a piece of persuasive writing about the topic ‘Should Plastic Bags Be Used In Supermarkets’. Our Walt: Use the correct structure for persuasive writing. I have chose to post about my ‘Should Plastic Bags Be Used In Supermarkets’ instead of my ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ writing.

Should Plastic Bags Be Used At Supermarkets?

No, plastic bags should not be used at supermarkets. Why do I think this? The pollution. The pollution from plastic bags is outrageous! There is nothing we can do with plastic bags to get rid of them. If we burn plastic bags they release gases and toxins into the air that increase the size of the hole in the ozone layer. When there is a hole in the ozone layer ultraviolet rays come through, then what happens is, we get burnt and have the chance of developing skin cancer. And to add to that, plastic bags never break down. Instead of being biodegradable they are photodegradable. This means that they don’t break down. What does happen though, is that through a chemical reaction between sunlight and the plastic bag, it breaks down into little pieces which are toxic to the ground and the water. This brings me to my next reason.

Do you know how many marine animals are killed each year because of plastic debris? Over 100 million, and that isn’t right! Us humans can easily spot the difference between a jellyfish and a plastic bag, but it’s not like that for turtles. Turtles can easily mistake a plastic bag floating in the ocean for a jellyfish, and they only get to make that mistake once. Plastic bags are made of petroleum and tons of oil, things that should not be digested (if it actually gets to swallow it) by a sea turtle. Birds and other marine animals also mistake plastic bag debris for food, and since plastic bags are photodegradable and turn into those little pieces of toxic plastic they could look like anything. That 100 million could be decreased if we, instead, turned to reusable bags, not plastic bags. My next reason will support this.

As people use plastic bags, more and more are going to be made. Plastic bags are made of petroleum and oil, as previously stated. Petroleum is a non renewable resource, so why are we wasting it on plastic bags that are polluting the earth and are killing over 100 million marine animals each year. Reusable bags, on the other hand, are made with environmentally friendly materials and don’t need to be made 24/7, because you only need a few and they last forever. Reusable bags don’t create pollution, don’t kill marine life or any other animals unlike plastic bags. You don’t need to get rid of reusable bags because it speaks for itself, they are reusable. So go out and buy reusable bags and as soon as you have gone shopping unpack your reusable bag and put it back in your car for next time. This way we’re not creating pollution or killing marine life, but instead helping Earth.

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