The use of plastic is banned by almost all of the governments in the whole world because of the negative side effects it contributes to humans, environment and wildlife. The manufacturing process causes pollution to the environment because of its harmful smoke. Many wildlife especially those that are found in aquatic places are in danger. To save the world from destruction, the use of plastics, if not banned, is minimized. Though banning the use of plastics is a worldwide act, still, it is not yet totally implemented. However, some plastics are allowed to use as these are very helpful storage of many things.
The plastic bag ban forbids retailers from giving out single-use and lightweight polyethene plastic bags that are less than 35 microns. Most of the big supermarkets in the UK today offer facilities for carrier bag recycling. Degradable plastic bags are also banned because these are less than 35 microns in terms of thickness. These are still made of plastic, nonetheless contained additive that makes it easy to break apart compared to standard plastic bags. These bags also contribute harm to the environment and are different from biodegradable plastic carrier bags which are made from plant starch.
– Micro plastics
– PVC packaging
– Disposable plastic cutlery
– Cotton buds
– Disposable plastic plates and bowls
– Plastic hot drink stirrers
– Polystyrene packaging
– Plastic straws
When it comes to food handling, it is important to be careful because your health might be at risk. You can use any plastic bags for your clothes and other materials but when it comes to food, it’s another story. People nowadays are not so conscious when using plastics in storing foods which is very wrong. Using bags, containers, and jars that are made plastics for food storage usually is the cause of health problems. Some chemicals might transfer to foods especially when you have no idea which country these products came from and how these products were manufactured.
Plastic bags are comfortable to use for food storage as it will not leak easily. However, there is a type of plastic bags that are allowed for food storage in the UK. Not all plastic bags are allowed because when food is put in plastic bags, there are tendencies that chemicals from the plastic bags will go into the food and infection is possible. Professionals encourage everyone to use high-grade self seal polyethene bags or brown paper bags to be safe. Strong food bags, minimum of 200g food-grade polythene must be used. Keep away from infection and bacteria by using the right bags for your food. Bags that are made from polyethene are not toxic but it is not yet proven its safety if used many times.
– High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
– Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
– Polypropylene (PP)
– Polycarbonate (PC)
– Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
You can use any carrier bags. You can use it at home if you have it available. No one will check if the bag that you are using is prohibited or not when you are at home. However, with the knowledge that not all types of carrier bags are safe, it is now your choice. It is your choice if you will help save our environment, the people and animals or not. As you can see, not everyone has the heart to care – for oneself or others. However, it is still great to help and to care than not.
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