Pollution from plastic bags puts our planet in a perilous position



 If you like eating fish, you should be more careful of what you put in the water. Fish are in trouble because plastic bags in the ocean release toxins, which pollute their ecosystem. We should think about charging for plastic bags because sea creatures have died from plastic bag pollution. Americans misuse a lot of plastic bags and citizens would use fewer plastic bags if they were charged for it. Sea creatures have died because of the plastic bags we leave behind.

Americans misuse a lot of plastic bags per year. An average American family uses 1,500 plastic bags per year and most of those plastic bags are not recycled. According to a news report from NBC news in 2009, Washington, D.C. residents were using more than 22 million plastic bags per month. A five cent tax was added to each plastic bag and the residents of the District of Columbia started using fewer plastic bags; usage went down from 22 million plastic bags to three million plastic bags per month.

An article by Claire Le Guern posted on coastalcare.org clearly states that sea creatures have died from plastic bags pollution. Scientists have observed that 60% to 95% of underwater mammals, like dolphins, have a piece of plastic attached to their body.

Petroleum is used to produce plastic bags. According to an NBC news article by Allison Linn, posted at http://www.nbcnews.com/id/38173694/ns/business-oil_and_energy/t/recyclers-one-complicated-word-plastics/#.WPaPKWeQy1u, that plastic is made of toxins. In 2006, 331 million barrels of oil and petroleum were used. About five percent of petroleum from the U.S. is being used for plastic bags. That oil is being wasted and could be used for other things like medicines or fabric.

If we charge for plastic bags, fewer people will use them. Then fewer sea creatures will die and we will have less pollution.

If we don’t do something about plastic polluting our water, our oceans will be filled with trash, making the water even more toxic than it already is.