Many natural calamities these days are due to poor care of mother nature. What can the average person do to reduce global warming? Something as simple as using eco-friendly bags will help keep the planet from getting worse. These bags are the best alternative to normal, dangerous plastic bags.
What is a biodegradable plastic bag made of?
Made from natural ingredients, biodegradable bags break down like organic waste, reducing synthetic waste residues that can be harmful to the environment. The actual production of these items is not bad for the environment.
Made with polymers produced from agricultural products, biodegradable
The bags do not contain synthetic materials manufactured in laboratories. Instead of petroleum-based polyester, green plastics companies use cornstarch when making their products. Because plastics made from cornstarch break easily, some factories still mix both natural and synthetic materials.
Harmful Effects of Regular Plastic Bags
Non-biodegradable materials are made from materials that cannot be broken down by natural processes. Items such as plastic bags end up in landfills, growing in heaps, and not being able to participate in the environment's natural cycle of remineralizing broken particles.
Regular plastic bags take up to ten years to decompose. Some of them end up in grazing areas or the open sea. This is especially dangerous for animals living in these areas. Wild animals and large fish can accidentally ingest these plastic bags and the harmful chemicals that come with them. If they accidentally ingest eco-friendly bags, their body can naturally process them without any problems.
Regular plastic bags are just as harmful to humans as they are to other animals. The chemicals released from trying to burn or break down regular plastic are not safe to breathe. These toxic substances can be harmful to human health.
How can you help?
If you are a small business owner, consider using biodegradable plastic bags. If this isn't required in your work area, you can ask your local grocery store to flag them to get rid of polyester plastic. You can also reach out to your homeowner's association or local government to regulate the reduction, reuse, and recycling of harmful plastic bags.