Plastic has been an integral part of our daily lives for a very long time and this has caused a plethora of issues and adverse consequences. The most widely used plastic product is the ubiquitous plastic bag, which is used and thrown every single minute across the world.
In the bygone years we might not have been aware of the harmful effects of plastic but now it is amply clear how detrimental it really is to use plastic. In some countries, uses of plastic products are banned but that is not enough. While some states in India are trying to implement a plastic free state, some districts and villages have already achieved it.
However, it shall definitely be a mammoth task for the entire world population to discard plastic entirely. The first step towards achieving this goal is to start apprising every human being about the adverse affects of plastic. Global warming, which is becoming a very serious issue is (at one level) an outcome of pollution and plastic waste is a huge pollutant.
Educating those who are not aware of the fast deteriorating climatic/environmental conditions is something that we as learned citizens can do and must doTo completely rid plastic from our daily lives we must have appropriate alternatives. Switching to biodegradable alternatives such as paper bags, bamboo cups, wooden plates etc along with temporary eco friendly plates made from leaves should be introduced on a large scale.
Plastic causes numerous deaths to cattle and other farm animals. And since it is non biodegradable, it might take a million years to decompose or may never decompose. Therefore, educating those who are not aware of the fast deteriorating climatic/environmental conditions is something that we as learned citizens can do and must do.
Needless to say governments and public/civic agencies across the world need to play a pivotal role in generating this awareness and influencing the shift to biodegradable alternatives. However, the start should be at an individual level .