Katy Perry once asked the proverbial, “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind wanting to start again?” And while many, many people questioned the true meaning of this particular lyric, generations from now, people will hear this song and be appalled that plastic bags once drifted through the wind.
Or not. Maybe that’s wishful thinking—who knows.
But for now, many states and countries around the world have been phasing out the lightweight plastic bag. More recently, Chile joined Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Bangladesh, Denmark, China, Costa Rica, San Francisco, California, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, DC and Texas.
But why is this a bag— I mean big—deal?
Well, let’s talk about the composition of Katy Perry’s plastic bag.
Plastic bags are argued to be bad for the environment and public health. Although the bags are thin, they never really break down into small pieces through natural processes.
Notably, many others argue that the ban of plastic bags is a failure—this claim is backed by a Danish study that found plastic bags are better for the environment than paper bags and 100x better than cotton bags. The study outlines that paper bags need to be “reused 43 times to surpass the energy usage of plastic bags, and a cotton bag needs to be reused a full 7,100 times”, both of which are rare happenings.
Whatever the solution, we must come up with one quick. Plastic bags are everywhere and they are causing serious problems. The world’s deepest plastic bag was found at the bottom of the Challenger Deep in Mariana’s Trench, Earth’s deepest point. The image itself is quite harrowing and left me wondering: was that a bag I once encountered?
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What type of bags do you use when shopping, getting from place to place, or even going to the gym?
Are they reusable like #Lululemon’s famous reusable branded bag, cotton like the Toronto Public Library’s tote bag, or plastic like the one found at the bottom of the Challenger Deep?
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