BAN THE PLASTIC BAG MANIFESTO
I. One trillion plastic bags consumed per year
- Worldwide use of plastic bags are astronomical numbers varies between five-hundred billion to one trillion per year (1,000,000,000,000) (vocabulary.com1)
II. 1.75-kilogram oil = 1-kilogram plastic bags
- Plastic is made of a non-renewable source of energy known as oil. It takes approximately 1.75 kg of oil to make one kg of plastic bags (HDPE or High-Density Polyethylene) (designinsite.dk2)
- The average weight of one plastic bag is 5,3 gram (fighttheplasticbagban.files.wordpress.com3)
- One kilo of plastic is approximately 189 plastic bags.
- It takes nature more than 75 years to produce 1 litre of petroleum (Tyranny of Oil4).
III. The consumer use of a plastic bag is 20 minutes
- The consumer of a plastic bag is approximately 20 minutes (greenerideal.com5) See point six waste problem lifecycle of plastic bags)
IV. Only 3-9% of plastic bags are recycled
- Only 3-7% of plastics are recycled worldwide (it’s a complicated and energy demanding process) (Feedstock Recycling and Pyrolysis of Waste Plastics6)
- In a closed system (khanacademy.org7) first and the second law of thermodynamics, by time transforms chemical energy into kinetic (mechanical)
- The vast majority of plastic bags globally 97 per cent or more in never make it that far. Final destination the ocean.
V. Plastic bags contain toxic chemical and are deadly for all biological life
VI Waste problem 200.000 plastic bags dumped on landfill every hour
- Plastic Bags is a huge waste problem. 200,000 plastic bags dumped in landfill every hour (onemillionwomen.org10).
- It takes between 15 and 1000 years to degrade a plastic bag.
- Waste problems cannot be solved unless we reduce consuming.
- A technological fix will increase the problem not solve it. “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” Albert Einstein
- Only nature plays a zero-game by feedbacks and loops.
VII. Plastic bags who to blame?
VIII. How to avoid the use of plastic bags
- Governments can propose a plastic bag restriction or heavy taxations. Then it might not be as profitable as today for the retail chains and supermarkets, The consumers rethink options and choose a better ecological and human-friendly reusable alternative.
- When Ireland introduced “ The plastic bag fee in 2002. As a result of the annual bag, usage dropped from almost 350 to 14 per person by 2012 (irishtimes.com11)
IX. Reusable alternatives to plastic bags
- Hemp is the best alternative. The cultivation of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is the world oldest industrial fibre dating back to around 8,000 B.C.
- It was used throughout for just about everything that mankind needed.
- Hemp is the strongest natural fibre on the planet, for example, 26 times stronger than cotton and 10 times longer lasting.
- The first Levi jeans were made out of hemp.
- It requires no chemicals to grow, has very few natural enemies, and grows in the widest variety of climates.
- It grows faster than any other comparable plant even 4 times faster than corn(David Icke12)
- Industrial hemp has no psychoactive effects (less than 1 per cent THC) (ageold.com13).
X. The consumers have the power to ban the plastic bag
- The consumers have the power to ban the plastic bag. Just say no. Every action is taken matters.
- Gandhi who defeated the British Empire by his philosophies of non-violence, hunger strike and passive resistance wisely said: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.
- PET—Poly(ethylene terephthalate). Types of applications Soda bottles, plastic film
- LDPE—Low-density polyethene. Types of applications plastic film, bags, and containers
- HDPE—High-density polyethene. Types of applications plastic bags, bottles, milk jugs, toys
- PP— Polypropylene. Types of applications bottle caps, tape, film, fibre
- PS— Polystyrene Types of applications foam cups and food service items, cutlery, containers
- PVC—Poly(vinyl chloride) Types of applications siding, pipes, flooring
- vocabulary.com1 1.000.000.000.000 trillion (1000 billion) or 10 to the 12th power, or one million / million.
- The tyranny of oil3 the world’s most powerful industry-and what we must do to stop it by Antonia Juhasz. Published 2008 by Harper Collins ebook
- Feedstock Recycling and Pyrolysis of Waste Plastics6 Converting Waste Plastics into Diesel and Other Fuels Edited by J. Scheirs and W. Kaminsky. Published 2006, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
- PMCUS National Library of Medicine9
- David Icke12 The secret history of America: the greatest conspiracy on earth by David Icke
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