Two weeks, Perth: a handy guide to your smug new plastic bag-free life

Plastic waste is a serious problem that many countries around the world, including Australia. It has huge effects on lands, waterways and oceans. And in many different ways, plastic waste grows. Since plastic was first produced in the 1940s, it has been used by humans and this usage continues to grow rapidly because of its advantages – it is strong, mouldable and of course cheap.

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Unfortunately, high number of plastic disposable items or products is made for single-us. With that being said, they will be disposed of within one year. As a result, consumers of the different types of plastics use them for a single reason and throw them away or recycle them.

To make plastic more resilient, there are certain chemicals being added. However, most of these chemicals are harmful to human and other living organisms. Chemicals from plastics expose people through the air, dust, water, food and use of consumer products multiple times daily. The production and disposal of it also contribute to a variety of environmental problems.

Another substance used to produce plastic is crude oil. The oil is a non-renewable resource and once used, it cannot be replaced. This is also one of the reasons why plastic does not biodegrade. It just fragments and never decomposes.

Plastic waste does not directly poison human beings, at least all the time. However, it can poison animals, which in turn can seriously affect human food consumption. The waste is detrimental to large marine mammals because some marine species after dying have had large portions of plastics in their stomachs. Since plastic interferes with the animal’s digestive system causing it to starve and they block their air passageways, death occurs.

In an article published by Emma Young from WA Today, she motivates Perth residents to minimise plastic waste sent to landfill. Click this link to read the full article: