Stop. There are approximately 46,000-1,000,000 plastic fragments floating within every square mile of Earth’s oceans. If you are aware, about climate change, about global warming, then as you use plastic bags, you are contributing to this phenomenon, stop. Every single plastic bag you have seen, is still lying around on this planet you call home, stop using them. You think these bags lying around in the oceans, on roadsides, aren’t harming you, but they are. Plastic bags threaten wildlife and marine life as animals may mistake them for food and consume them. Most plastic bags have some pollutants such as PCBs (poly-chlorinated biphenyls) together with PAHs (Poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) which are hormone disrupting. Once the marine animals consume these chemicals, they move through the food chains, and into humans. These chemicals are mostly insoluble in water, meaning they can accumulate in our bodies over the years, and may be passed on from a woman to her child. These chemicals may lead to cancer and/or other serious medical conditions. Recycling plastic bags does not change the fact that they will eventually land up in landfills and oceans. The production, sale and usage of plastic bags should be banned, if it isn’t banned where you stay, at least stop using them. Use reusable eco-friendly bags instead. Save lives, save your planet, STOP using plastic bags.

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