Understanding Plastics Bags

Understanding plastics bags by going through their effects.

Plastic is a material consisting of synthetic / semi-synthetic organic compounds that can be pressed permanently out of shape without breaking thus can be moulded into solid objects.

The success and dominance of plastics starting in the early 20th century led to environmental concerns regarding its slow decomposition rate after being discarded as trash due to its composition of very large molecules.

Polythene bags have been taken for granted but its high time we start paying attention on their damage to the environment. They are produced using petroleum, natural gas and other chemicals that are toxic to the environment.

Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photo degrade- breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways.

Plastic bags take 10 – 100 years to decompose and due to their easy accessibility, they are used in enormous volumes that end up in the drainage systems, water bodies and all over the place due to the poor littering habits.

Our poor littering habits coupled with insufficient infrastructure for waste management has created the disposal problem of solid waste, including the plastic waste in the urban areas.

Animals have suffered the effects of the poor plastic waste management and died as a result of suffocation from eating the plastic bags mistaking them for food. Almost all the animals that graze freely on a large scale of land will have few paper bags in the stomachs since the plastic bags are very light and they go where the winds take them , where this will be the open land where the animals feed from or the water bodies .

Our drainage keep blocking due to the plastic bags that build up and block them. The blocked drainage are a hub of disease, pollution and even death.

The only solution to salvage our environment from the plastic bags side effects is to ban their existence in our markets and invest in Eco-friendly bags.

Dear Kenyans lets embrace the plastic ban and save our environment from suffocating.

Originally posted here.

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Hey, My name is Cheche Winnie and I love nature especially the wildlife. I strongly believe that the future generation should be allowed an opportunity to enjoy the current natural resources we have. As much as a lot has been lost, there's hope for a safe planet earth. Together we can help fight threats facing nature for a bright future.

18 Responses

    Rob Alberts January 13, 2019

    I wish you many blogfollowers.
    I hope they all will stop using plastics.
    Kind regards,

    Cheche January 13, 2019

    That is very kind of you. Thank you very much.

    sjhigbee January 13, 2019

    Yes… and the bag for life riff we have going here in the UK isn’t working – because they are STILL plastic. And far too cheap. We should be opting for paper bags instead, I think. And having to pay £1 each for them…

    Cheche January 13, 2019

    In Kenya, people have embraced the reusable bags after the plastic bags ban.

    Liz January 19, 2019

    I certainly agree sjhigbee, that bag for life should be finished here in the UK. It should be paper bags as suggested or cotton bags. I am not short on cotton bags and I have been using them for some years now.

    Cheche January 19, 2019

    That so encouraging. Plastic bags must be eliminated soonest and we embrace alternatives that are environmental friendly.

    Liz January 20, 2019

    Certainly must be eliminated. There is no reason for us to use plastic bags now, as there are plenty of alternatives. 🙂

    Cheche January 20, 2019

    That”s right but many are yet to embrace the alternatives.

    Liz January 20, 2019

    Yes, including a friend of mine. He was a bigger for asking a bag and I said how many reusable bags have you had in the past off me, while I use cotton bags? He kept forgetting to have one on him and I no more to give with using cotton bags.
    He since keeps a jute style bag in his car and I also bought him a cloth bag. So he has no excuses now.
    I am seeing some small shops using alternatives, but a supermarket I am in are using those reusable plastic bags. (Not the only supermarket that does.) Shops are not changing quick enough to my liking.

    Cheche January 20, 2019

    That’s great progress. You just made my day. That’s a great step towards a plastic free planet

    Ken Dowell January 14, 2019

    We are just starting to see a few towns ban the use of plastic bags in retail stores, but it is going to take a long time to get people off plastic.

    Cheche January 14, 2019

    At least we have made few steps to the right direction. With time we will be able to redeem ourselves from plastic bags mess.

    Megala January 15, 2019

    Wonderful awakening post!

    Cheche January 15, 2019

    Thank you

    Diane January 15, 2019

    Wonderful blog!

    Cheche January 16, 2019

    Thank you very much


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