We have examined the process of plastic bags in detail, from production to the end user, subsequently to the nature at the end. Plastic bags play an important role in our lives, with a good or bad grace. But these bags aren't as innocent as they look!
In good old times we used to use paper bags, cloth bags or nets instead of plastic bags. Thus, people could stay healthier with what they ate and drank, so incidence of cancer cases was very low. But today, this has changed dramatically. Plastics, used in all areas of our lives, has entered our life by means of packaging and nylon bags. While plastic bags begin the production process at the factory, they first pass through the plastic raw material mixing machine. The raw material mixed in this machine is processed in a plastic film machine and becomes a film roll. Therefore, it is necessary to have a good film machine. However, many factories do not prefer the best quality film machine because they care about low costs. A printing press is required to print on the bag from the machine. The next step for the plastic bag coming out of the printing press is the cutting machine. Since a recycling machine is not used during these production stages, unnecessary and harmful substances may be added to the production process making the product both hard to dissolve in the nature and harmful for the individuals who use it in the long term.
Perhaps it is not taken seriously, but plastic bags cause irreversible damage on the human body. Plastic bags, which can be manufactured very cheaply and can cause damage directly to the environment and nutrients compared to the price-quality balance, are exactly as harmful as what we think. In addition, a nylon plastic bag dissolves in 400 years in the sea and in 800 years on the land. Nylon bags are in use all over the world since the 80s, whereas it has become widespread in Turkey at the end of the 80s. Back then, it was preferred because it was so cheap, moreover it was considered as an indicator of civilization. On the other hand, some countries that put emphasis on nature and human health impose bans or apply taxes to minimize the use of plastic bags. For instance, in Mexico, India, Delhi, Mumbai and Vasco, the use of plastic bags is prohibited. On the other hand, some environmentalist municipalities in Bangladesh, Rwanda and Australia have banned the use of plastic bags in cities. In developed countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands, they are sold in cash. The nylon bags thrown into the sea are eaten by sea creatures, and this causes the death of their digestive system immediately. At the same time, nylon bags that are transparent absorb heat like a greenhouse and cause fires in forests. Black plastic bags do not only damage the soil but also give harm to people directly through vegetables and fruits. Nylon bags leave harmful chemicals in the environment when they start to become deformed in nature after years, and these substances contaminate the soil, water and our food chain. For this reason, plastic bags should not be used unless it is obliged to do so. It will be healthy for your health to use cloth bags, wheeled market bags, nets or baskets instead of plastic bags. By re-using the bowls used in shopping, you also save money. Apartment managers can also put recycling bins into apartment buildings and separate plastic wastes from other materials, thus preventing them from mixing with nature; they can even generate a small amount of financial income.