Essay about How Plastic Pollutants Are Affecting Marine Life

Submitted By kennyzhang688
Words: 332
Pages: 2

Kenny Zhang
May 13th, 2013
Writing
Introduction
California should change to paper bags because they don’t decompose. They also require high ultraviolet light to dissolve the plastic bags. Plastic bags contribute to the pollution of the United States coastline. They will continue to harm our environment unless we put a stop to it.
Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, but are at a risk for photo degradation, light exposure dissolving them into toxic polymers particles, which harm out environment. Plastic bags require high ultraviolet light to dissolve the plastic bags. Requiring high ultraviolet light is already bad enough for California. Twenty percent of solid municipal waste in the United States is plastic bags. (Solid municipal wastes are trash or garbage.) Polyvinyl chloride, polystyrenes, and polyethylene are largely used in the manufacture of plastic bags.
Made from petroleum products and natural gas, plastic bags utilize nonrenewable resources, ultimately helping to drive up fuel prices. Gas is a nonrenewable resource. It takes a long time to find gas and put it in a car. Biotechnological processes are being added an alternative to existing routes, or get new biopolymers, which are dangerous. The routes will continue to harm our environment unless we put a stop to it. According to an estimate, more than a hundred thousand tons of plastic bags is produced all over the world. Plastic pollution is being added by urbanization.
Plastic bags contribute to the United…