A main thought which should be on every consumer's mind is to minimize a volume of produced waste polluting the environment.
That is why our effort should focus on a maximum limitation of garbage created by us.
Noticeable campaigns in Poland aiming at decreasing the number of used plastic bags prove that the awareness of this problem?s significance has increased in Poland.
In order to present the problem with more details it is worth to give some important data on a negative economic and ecological aspect of plastic bags made from polyethylene and wood paper:
? Each year in the world produced and put into use is almost 1 billion of single-use plastic shopping bags. Having been used, they create ca. 18 million tons of waste per annum:
? A billion shopping bags gives ca. 10 million tons of plastic for production of which crude oil, gas, water and energy are necessary.
? Costs of bags? removal are the same as costs of their production.
? During the combustion of bags many harmful waste is created ? dioxins.
? It takes one second to manufacture one plastic bag which is used for twenty five minutes on average, and it takes one to four hundred years for it to decompose.
In order to decrease the harmfulness of plastic bags made from polyethylene and wood paper the following actions were taken:
? A complete prohibition of plastic bags? distribution in the following countries: Australia, Alaska (30 regions), India (North-Eastern regions), Japan (several days per month), Corsica, Mauritius, New Zealand, South Africa, France (several regions)
? A prohibition of distribution of free bags in: Bangladesh, Holland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, South Korea, Nepal, New Guinea.
? Taxing of plastic bags in the following countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Germany, Malta, South Africa, Switzerland, Italy.
? The following countries are very strongly involved in the replacement of single-use bags by reusable bags: England, Belgium, France, Holland, Hong Kong, Spain, Luxemburg, Germany, New Zealand, Italy.
? Data from www.ekoportal.org and www.ekologia-info.pl