Polythenes are very useful and cheap but in the meanwhile harmful as well. Because it is durable we use polythenes in large quantity in our daily life without knowing its drawbacks or I can say we know very well that how much it is harmful but then also it is very popular between us.
Did you know how many animals and plants are dying day by day just because of us, throwing these polybags here and there. Throwing it outside not only looks untidy but is dangerous for birds and many animals who often mistake them as food. And of course polythenes can’t be a substitute of foods. Eating polythene is an open invitation to death.
The worst thing about polythene is that it is non-biodegradable. A single plastic bag can take up to 1000 years, to decay completely. As they do not degrade, they remain a dump forever and cause harm to plant life. The chemicals presents in plastic can harm floura and fauna of acquatic and marine life. Some turtle swallow poythene because it resembles them jellyfish. And it ends up with their death.
Because it comes in sizes large and small, plastics even affect the world’s tiniest organisms such as plankton. When these organisms become poisoned due to plastic ingestion, this causes problems for the larger animals that depend on them for food. This can cause a whole slew of problems, each step further along the food chain. Plus, it means that plastic are present in the fish that many people eat everyday. Image Source
Burning of plastic in the open air, leads to environmental pollution due to the release of poisonous chemicals. The polluted air when inhaled by humans and animals affect their health and can cause respiratory problems.
Polythenes are very harmful not only for us but every living beings in the world. Instead of using polybags we can use paper bags or fabric bags. They are the best substitute of polythenes and are ecofreindly as well.