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Created by : Dayanand Deshpande, Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young  | 09 30 2008 08:34:48 +0000
Industry : Management & Strategy ConsultingFunctional Area : Environment(Others)
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A plastic bag is a type of flexible packaging made of thin, flexible, plastic film. Plastic bags are used for containing and transporting foods, produce, powders, ice, chemicals, waste, etc. and it has become a part and parcel of our daily life. Some say using plastic bags are better and some doesn't.

 Would banning plastic bags be good for the environment?

 
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Yes plastic bags should be banned fully throught the world as it vant be recycled at all also it makes our environment highly polluted.Even if these are burned methane gas is produced which is highly hazardous and poisonous.For paper bags we can plant more trees as plantation will have added advantage of making environment pollutionfree.Plastic bags if get dumped they clog the flow of water in drains while paper bags if dumped they anyhow get solubilised or torned in peaces so there wont be a prolonged clogging any where.


By BEENA AGARWAL, Head/VP/GM-Corporate Planning/Strategy, ANADI HI TECH AGRO PVT LTD  05 18 2009 05:07:22 +0000
 
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This reason behind this huge problem of plastic bag waste is attributed to an ironic fact: that it is a very good product ! It is easy to manufacture, easy to carry, strong for its weight and most of all, cheap. We cannot entirely say that the pollution issue is because of irresponsible usage; it also attributes to the cost and convenienve of the plastic bags which makes it widely used.

The simple answer to this issue comes from this question: what is going to replace plastic bags (if they are banned)? It is evident that any known material, paper, cloth or any so called eco-friendly material cannot replace this material. The sheer volume of usage will make any such material non-eco friendly.

What is the solution? I would suggest controlling irresponsible usage of plastic bags. But asking consumers to collect their plastic waste for recycling does won't be a success as we see in western countries. Only a minor percentage is sent back for recycling.

One solution could be charging a tax on every plastic bag, making the cost equal to a jute/cloth bag. This extra tax money should be used excusively to clean and collect plastic waste and recycle it. Also, the higher cost deterrent will promote the reuse of plastic bags (which we were doing till a couple of decades ago or so !).

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I see lots of arguments in the 'Yes' section voting for plastic ban and use of alternative materials. Can anyone please share any alternative materials which can replace plastic bags without any environmental consequences? That will be a great step forward.


By Manu T, Lead Industrial Designer, SABIC Innovative Plastics  06 08 2009 09:02:37 +0000
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YES..... PLASTICS SHOULD BE BANNED!! SAVE UR MOTHER LAND!!
By Amal Babu, 10th student, kendriya vidyala no 2 mangalore  | 02 06 2013 10:29:52 +0000
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Of course! So that finally no one would have a single excuse in contributing their help in saving our mother nature. By refusing the use of plastic bags we our equating a small favor from us to everything the environment supply to us.
By Mary Jane Bernaldez, Financial Analyst, Pathways to Higher Education  | 12 28 2012 07:11:51 +0000
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sure, best for future
By Sivakumar.M , Programer, Windrolinx  | 03 22 2012 06:51:35 +0000
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Definitely YES! Let me know atleast a single reason why plastic bags should be entertained in the environent. Regards, Anna George, Web Analyst. Nichepro Technologies, Bangalore. http://www.nichesuite.com
By Anna George, Web Analyst, NichePro Consulting LLC  | 03 22 2012 05:03:18 +0000
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Plastic bags must be discouraged... rather cloth or paper bags can be used which are good to use. Already the practise of using paper bags is there but it must be globalised...
By Murali Krishna Yenepalli, Manager Recruitments @ A Search Firm  | 03 21 2012 13:28:16 +0000
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I think the best alternative of plastic bag is cloth bag.bcoz it is stronger than paper/plastic bag & also carry easily. by this we also utilize the waste clothes.
By aakash taneja, B.B.A student, global retail school  | 03 20 2010 04:49:31 +0000
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Yes it must be banned to protect the enviorenment from their polution. But the problem is still there is no any alternmative to this problem which is compairably cost, easy amnufacturing, easy handeling, etc. My suugestion is to manufacture debiogradable plastic in every whaere which can be used as a alternative to above with a little high cost.


By Appuhamy Ralalage Lalith Wasantha Indunil, Engineering Manager, Macbertan Private Limited  | 10 10 2009 07:00:11 +0000
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Ye Nagpal.the statistics are right.

Plastic bags look handy and aesthetically good,but is is poisontoo. it reacts with lot of the things which we use to carry around. in fact i have and article which i shall search and post now on that subject

we carry the plastic bag as harmless! its dangerous too


By Charles davison, Project Manager, Douglas OHI LLC  | 08 28 2009 12:23:06 +0000
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  • A plastic milk jug takes 1 million years to decompose.

     

  • A plastic cup can take 50 - 80 years to decompose.

     

  • Recycled plastic can be used to make things like trash cans, park benches, playground equipment, decks, and kayaks.

     

  • Special fleece-like fabrics used in clothes and blankets can be made out of recycled plastic bottles.

      

  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year.

       

  • Today, Americans generate 10.5 million tons of plastic waste a year but recycle only 1 or 2 % of it.

     

  • An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic is dumped in the world's oceans every year.

     

  • The worldwide fishing industry dumps an estimated 150,000 tons of plastic into the ocean each year, including packaging, plastic nets, lines, and buoys.

     

  • About 1,200 plastic soft drink and salad dressing containers could carpet the average living room.

     

  • It takes 1,050 HDPE (#2) milk jugs to make a six-foot plastic lumber park bench.

     

  • Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state of Texas.

     

  • Still we think plastic should not be banned,,,? don't know why???


    By Nagpal Singh, Sales and Business Development, Babel Group of companies  | 08 11 2009 14:15:12 +0000
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    plastic as a material is non vanishable but, at the same time, its improper usage/not properly re-cycled is still more dangerous to the environment.Govt. has already banned plastic which is less than 7 micron thickness for any domestic/commercial usage.but one thing we have think deep, i.e., what is the alternative for plastic before raising our concern to ban it!!


    By jairaj shyam prasad, Production Manager, BOSCH Ltd  | 06 08 2009 13:25:33 +0000
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    Every once in a while the government here passes out an order banning shop keepers from providing plastic bags to customers for carrying their purchases, with little lasting effect. Beingone of the modern conveniences that we seem to be unable to do without, they are responsible for causing pollution, killing wildlife, and using up the precious resources of the earth. About a hundred billion plastic bags are used each year in the US alone. And then, when one considers the huge economies and populations of India, China, Europe, and other parts of the world, the numbers can be staggering.

    Plastic bags create visual pollution problems and can have harmful effects on aquatic and terrestrial animals. Plastic bags are particularly noticeable components of the litter stream due to their size and can take a long time to fully break down. Plastic bags are biodegradable and its decomposition takes more than 1000 years.

    On economic terms, petroleum is required to produce plastic. Petroleum products are diminishing and getting more expensive by the day, since we have been using this non-renewable resource increasingly. Petroleum is vital for our modern way of life. It is necessary for our energy requirements – for our factories, transport, heating, lighting, and so on.

    We should always use canvas or cloth bags to hold your groceries, there is NO environmentally ethical way around this. If you must use a plastic bag for whatever reason, re-use it, rinse or wash, re-use, keep going until it's got too many holes to even contemplate using it for anything at all.


    By Darshil , CEO/MD/Director, Darshil Cotton Company  | 06 08 2009 08:31:47 +0000
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    A single plastic bag requires almost 10,000 years to decompose.They not only pollute the environment but also endanger our lives.people face breathing problems,their kungs choke and after 10-20 years down th line if this situation persists,many living organisms will die.

    According to me,we should use cloth bags or paper bags or recyclable bags instead of plastic bags to carry our stuffs.


    By Soumyanjalee Mahapatra, Student, STUDENT  | 06 08 2009 08:02:24 +0000
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    Yes, use of this has to be banned at any cost. And reclying plastic will make no difference to the environment. The only solutions for today's environment problem is alternative. Recyling of any product will again lead to pollution more than the recycling. responsible people wont do it coz of cost.

    Ajju

    Bangalore


    By Manjunath S, Manager - Business Development, Ligature Software  | 06 08 2009 07:56:49 +0000
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    Everything that science has given us has both good and bad to the environment or socity etc. Nueclear energy can be used for useful purposes as well as destructive purposes. If we stick to the policy that we cant ban nuclear bomb, because banning something does not give a solution, then we are in trouble.

    So we should be careful & judicious while applying the guideline "We cant Ban, because we have a problem". Similarly we need to discourage or restrict all the products that cause problem to our enevironment. We need to start somewhere and the best and easy being the plastic bags. This is the only item mad out of plastic that is one time use and throw (usually, till very recently)

    So we should use bi-degradable, reusable cloth bags or paper bags as soon as possible. This could be our share of contribution in protecting our universe and creation. Similarly, we can work on saving water, saving electricity in general use the natural resources as less as possible.


    By Raghu Kastury, Principal Consultant & Head of Strategic Business Unit - Retail & Distribution, Sundaram Infotech Solutions Limited  | 06 08 2009 07:44:26 +0000
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    Yes, it's true and people will be habitual to carry jute, cloth and paper bags as soon as they have to pay for it again and again.

    I agree with this 100%


    By Satwinder Singh, Program Manager, Sulekha.com  | 06 08 2009 07:40:43 +0000
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    It is proved that use of plastic bags are harmful for our environment and banning will be certainly beneficial. But, prior to its implementation we have to develope its substitute which is eco-friendly as advised by Mr. Shaju George.


    By U Shankar, Manager  | 06 08 2009 07:13:51 +0000
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    Yes, I agree that plastic should be banned completely. Recyclable eco friendly materials should be promoted.


    By Shaju George, Facilities/Construction Manager, IBS Software Services (P) Ltd  | 05 18 2009 11:19:05 +0000
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    I totally agree with Beena here...and plastic should be banned all over....and Government should take initiative about this and stop plastic bags being made...and try to implement paper bags or people should take initiative not to use plastic bags while shopping...they should either carry their own bags for shopping grocery things where most of the plastic bags are used....and even organizations that promote plastic bags for their products should go green by using paper bags..


    By Pragya Kothari, Construction-Heavy, DLF  | 05 18 2009 09:40:44 +0000
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    Plastics are very hard to recycle and takes about 400 years to biodegrade which is bad for the environment. If we use plastic bags as bin liners is not really recycling because we throw them away once they are filled with waste. So lets ban plastic bags and save our planet by using alternatives likes paper bags and cloth bags
    By Dayanand Deshpande, Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young  | 09 30 2008 08:34:48 +0000
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    i feel manu t has a point. 1. we need to protect our environment (trees included). 2. plastics in the form we use are possibly most profitable. 3. no single measure is likely to succeed in protecting our planet. 4. a combination of measures from statutory to educative etc may lead us somewhere. notwithstanding the above it has been variously accepted that today we are capable of finding "answers" to almost any problem - our "problem" lies in identifying our "questions". i feel that if we were to adequately re-phrase this very issue in various ways we may be able to generate more ways to tackle the issue, if not actually solve it. as an example why only "biodegradable" ? whatever nature made is degradable by natural means. what we made is our responsiblity to degrade. let's say if we were to order research to produce "an economically viable alternative which was say photodegradable under certain conditions. or say if our plastic bags came with a "non toxic solvent" which would convert the bags to manure. why look at the bags as a unmanageable problem alone. maybe we could look at them as a mass resource for production of some other usseful product. i'm quite sure those with knowledge and skills in the area are looking into all that i've keyed in. i just typed what came to mind. i'm sure there are answers out there amongst us people - all we need to do is get serious and find the answers. i'm optimistic that one day we will see the solutions coming and not bans alone. in the meanwhile let's do all we can as individuals to lesssen the burden on our environment. my respects for all readers.
    By Brigadier (Retd) Sunil Chadha,, Nil  | 03 25 2012 07:43:02 +0000
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    As per research we need a strong and concentrated campaign to curb the pollution caused by plastics. The ban on plastic bags is very hard to put in place as packaging has taken its roots in our day to day life. Moreover, these days it is not possible to buy milk in a jug. The only way out of this problem can be that our old plastic should be replaced with oxo-biodegradable plastic so that it becomes biodegradable in open environment in the same way as a leaf. UAE has already banned plastic products except oxo-biodegradable plastics( February, 2012). Oxo-biodegradable plastics are those which biodegrades in the presence of oxygen in a timescale which can be approximately determined by the chemical formulations which is added to normal plastic at the extrusion stage. The chemical formulation which can be added to normal plastic is symphony's d2w technology. Symphony is a British public company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. Also, because Oxo-biodegradable plastics can be manufactured by local factories therefore there will be no loss of jobs. The technology is not expensive at all. It is unfair to burden our children and grandchildren with this problem as there is something we can and should now be doing about it. For more details on oxo-biodegradable plastics please contact : Marc Charlton Marketing Department Symphony Environmental T: 0208-207-5900 Email: marc.charlton@d2w.net Or, Shikha Sharma Chairman’s assistant (India) Email: sharmashik@gmail.com
    By Shikha Sharma, Consultant, Symphony Environmental Limited  | 03 20 2012 09:50:56 +0000
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    No, Plastic developed for our happiness, people used it happily.  Ban  the things means we are utilized it in proper manner.  Every person used it widely, enterprenuers come forward to collect and recyle it properly, researchers are busy to make it degradable, all efforts towards the solution in right direction and there is none favour on ban.  Banning is the process of politic and creat more problems then its uses.  Next, the enviornment aware class in public is increasing, and those are unaware will learn very early.


    By Prakash Parekh, Assisting in Research and Testing, Gujarat Engineering Research Institute  | 08 05 2009 06:50:02 +0000
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    I agree with Mr, Sanjay sharma

    Indian mentality will either leave plastic bag or will start avoiding it.

    MONEY REFUND IDEAD is good


    By Nitin Goswami, Student , M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Managment  | 06 27 2009 11:49:29 +0000
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    I don't see the need to ban plastic bags since this is a mode used mainly in stores, supermarkets, etc  and for carrying around other stuff. Disposal if done in the proper manner will not caused any environmental hazard.


    By Devi Kaladeen, Audit Manager, Health Sector Development Unit  | 06 08 2009 20:04:03 +0000
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    I do not believe that plastic bags to be banned, because if they are banned then we have paper bags as alternative which would create more imbalance in the enviornment as more tree be cut..

    Many have told that the plastic bags need 1000 years to decompose, i believe that the used plastic bags should be collecetd and recycled to use it again.

    Also we know the mineral water business in India is huge, the companies selling mineral water must only get the used bottels back, recycle them...


    By Japan Shah, H.O.D, Oxford School of Management  | 06 08 2009 13:06:23 +0000
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    Banning something is  not the solution for the problem arised.

    Realising the problem and  trying to solve it  by  proper action here in this  case recycling the plastics in  proper way.

    Regards,

    Sanjib


    By Sanjib Kumar Jena, Assistant Manager- Corporate Training, Vakrangee Softwares  | 06 08 2009 05:19:51 +0000
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    i agree with Manu here, and Plastic bags are there for a reason, becasue, they are strong, durable and can be used many a times, but the main problem lies in people using plastic for no reason, and this can be controlled by employing tax for the amount of usage of plastic, by this one will reduce the usage of plastic, this is the one solution given by Manu which can be brought into practice...


    By Shailena Varma, Logistics Manager, Target  | 06 02 2009 11:57:16 +0000
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    banning plastics is not the only solution instead promoting Biodegradable plastic is essential.....


    By Md Ilias, Marketing Manager, SM Traders  | 05 23 2009 17:48:34 +0000
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    Its NOT a mateer of banning particular item like plastic bag its a matter of SELF DISCIPLINE. One should see habit of disposing waste any where. with little effort one can segregate plastic bags and reuse for own requirements Or give it to scrape dealer who will recycle the same. Its really so much usefull item but to get benifit of the item one should change a bit in positive manner and help environment.


    By S T Desai, Director, Modern Plastics Co  | 05 23 2009 07:22:57 +0000
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    Even though i'm supporter of banning plastic bags, i opted for no. The reason is very simple. You cant implement anything in india just by making law. I have seen in europe, plastic bags are not freely available on shops specially in denmark. They charge for each bags. Also they charge for plastic bottle of cola, canes of beer and so on. Once you give back the bottles and cane, you will get money back and it will be recycled.

    So in my opinion, in india also we should start charging for plastic bags. Once we have to pay for it, automatically clothes bags ( Which our fathers were using) will come out and same way we should encourage to recycling of plastic bottles by initially charging for them and repaid for it once we return the same.


    By Sanjay Sharma, Sr. Manager, Ultratech Cement Ltd  | 05 18 2009 20:45:59 +0000
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    There are different grades in plastic that are BIO DEGRADABLE! Today a golf tee on which a golf ball is placed is made of bio degradable material so that it just dissolves in the earth after a period of time. So why cant plastic bags be made of the same material???

    Its basically business!! The single reason why we continue with the 0.5micron plastic is because it fetcghes a better MAV to the producer of such material!! Its in our hands to change and change for the better. We simply are not doing it.


    By Makrand Bhave, AGM - Corporate Business, E18, part of Network 18 Group  | 05 18 2009 16:50:06 +0000
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    I have a different view on this Beena and pragya here...as if the plastic bags are stopped, then there will be more trees cut to produce paper..and even if they plant the trees again the cycle itself takes very long and by the time all those trees are cut due to huge demand of paper bags there will be no trees left any more...so i guess this is a bad option..this is a good debate indeed..so are there any alternatives really apart from paper bags...i want others to give their views also......


    By James Masih, Product/Brand Manager, FedEx  | 05 18 2009 09:55:26 +0000
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    I don't agree on banning plastic bags because it will add to the environmentally harmful production of paper (cutting down the trees) and cloth. Also we cannot replace bin liners with another type of bag as it is not efficient and even worse for the environment. We could see paper bags clogging up our waterways.

    By Anil Kumar Singh, Senior Consultant, GKC  | 09 30 2008 08:35:33 +0000
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