The truth is that we do not know yet the full scale of negative impacts plastic waste can have on marine and terrestrial environments because it hasn’t been around long enough to allow us to assess possible scenarios of its influence on natural cycles.
However, one thing we know, is that by introducing a pollutant that may never break down in the environment can have implications that will far exceed any of our predictions. They are tinier than a palm of your hand and appear so fragile when struggling across the beach to make it to the sea.
Plastic bags are a convenient way to carry our purchased goods when we go shopping.
They are a part of our modern lives, and we don’t tend to think much about them.
Even human footprints left in the sand represent mountain-like obstacles in their path and waves washing up on the beach are another challenge, as they thrust them back on the dry land to try once again before finally being picked up by a return current and start swimming for their life.
Since their birth, baby turtles have only one goal – to get to the sea and swim into deep waters where they will feed and if successful grow into adult turtles.Already in 2001, researchers found that the mass of microscopic plastic fragments in the North Pacific Central Gyre was 6 times higher than of plankton.The subtropical gyres of the North Pacific Ocean are also documented to contain the highest concentrations of plastic.When the monsoon rains start, streets get waterlogged just after the first few minutes because the water cannot pass through clogged sewerage pipes.For many of us it is hard to imagine that something as small as a plastic bag can actually cause flooding, but residents of some cities in Bangladesh have been struggling with this problem every monsoon season for the past two decades .But only a few of us realize that each time we accept those disposable plastic grocery bags at store checkout, we actively participate in wasting energy and depleting non-renewable resources.The majority of plastic bags are made of polyethylene, a substance that is derived from crude oil refining and natural gas processing.According to a study carried out in 2013, up to 35 percent of turtle deaths were caused by plastic ingestion and the probability that sea turtles will consume even more plastic increases every year .A calf had to be put down because of indigestion caused by 8 plastic bags in its stomach.The Pasig River in the Philippines is another scary example of the negative effects of plastic bags on the environment.Some tributaries of the river have been filled with plastic waste to the level that you could almost walk across them without getting your feet wet.