Blog Post #1

One local effect that I didn’t know about was the indirect health impacts that plastic has. From Delhi, India to Nairobi, Kenya, the thought about “flying toilets” is not only disgusting, but frightening. As an African who once relied heavily on the rivers in my village for water, it is hard to imagine that some other people cannot drink from the local river because it is dirty and infested with plastic bags and other garbage. I was also unfamiliar of the REAL association with mosquitoes and plastic bags. I know mosquitoes are attracted to garbage, but to think of the impact that the malaria brings…that is scary.

I find it very interesting how  a bag raid ensues in Asia, specifically identifying bag after bag. The fines are high, nearly half an annual income. Another way was the London celebrity save-a-bag trend “I’m Not A Plastic Bag”. 

After watching the Battle of the Bag documentary, I am suddenly more concerned about plastic bag waste. I do think we need to deal with this problem, locally and globally. If locally, we instill simple ways to reduce the waste, that is one step. We can use reusable bags, recycle plastic bags and re-use the plastic bags we already own. These tips are realistic and easy and can be done now. Globally, I am not sure how to solve the problem. I think local officials and activists need to review their waste and find ways to move their populations to plastic bag-free communities. I cannot help but think of other plastic waste that we consume. I do not understand the manufacturer’s explanation of plastic bags being misunderstood. The damage that plastic causes is real. Destruction of wildlife, contamination and pollution is real. Legislators can create policies to care for their communities and fight for bio-degradable products. 

This illustration found on Pinterest highlights Bali's problem with plastic waste.

This illustration found on Pinterest highlights Bali's problem with plastic waste.

Miela Fetaw