If this photograph from Joshua Mark Dalupang, published with the Guardian’s article “Tide of plastic bags that started wave of revulsion” does not convince you about the plastics problems in the Philippines….well, I don’t know what else will.
It truly is sad — and at the same time revolting — to see this anywhere, let alone my dearly loved Philippines, especially that plastic bags are a preventable type of pollution.
Are there programs in place to address this…or at least projects in the works? If you live in the Philippines, in Manila or other large cities with this problem (and solutions), please comment — and especially if you live in a city that has banned plastic bags.
We really have to ask ourselves — is the convenience of single use plastic bags worthwhile, when we know the resulting pollution it creates? We already know that it does not biodegrade fully — and as you can see from the above photo, rarely recycled.
What do you think happens to these plastic bags? Where does the plastic end up? In an ocean environment, these bags
- will break down into smaller and smaller pieces
- absorb other toxic substances
- is ingested by wildlife and creatures living in our oceans (sea turtles mistake these bags as jellyfish and accidentally ingest the bags)
- then enters the ocean wildlife food chain — including OUR food chain when we eat seafood
I posted an article titled Plastic Rich / Plastic Poor, after reading Susan Freinkel’s book, Plastic, A Toxic Love Story. The book is about the history of plastic and our love of plastic products, and delves into — among other fascinating topics — the problem of plastic bags and plastic waste.
September 30, 2014 – California the first U.S. state to ban single-use plastic bags
Also See on the “burden of civilization’s excess” for more on Philippine plastic trash problems, and on those now ubiquitous plastic stacking chairs adding to trash in the Philippines (or click on Francis Malasig’s photo above)
Resources and information on plastic bag bans at the end of my post “12 Minutes” (twelve minutes is the average use time of a plastic bag).
Trash and plastics vortex now the size of Texas (about the North Pacific trash gyre)