It’s encouraging that local governments are focusing on passing laws to fight plastic litter. Unfortunately, while these laws may reduce the most visible form of plastic pollution, it could be at the expense of other environmental impacts. That’s because, somewhat ironically, disposable plastic bags require fewer resources (land, water, CO2 emissions, etc.) to produce than paper, cotton or reusable plastic bags—by a wide margin.
MOROCCO – At 20, Saif Eddine Laalej has come up with a way of turning discarded plastic into a useful construction material.The young student at the National School of Business and Management of Tangier, located in northern Morocco, has designed an eco-friendly paving stone in the form of traditional Moroccan Zellige tiles.
Plastic bags are inexpensive, lightweight, durable and made of plastic, which does not readily biodegrade.Much of the plastic ever made still exists.Worldwide, as many as one trillion plastic bags are used each year and less than 5 percent of plastic is recycled.In the United States, according to the EPA, we use over 380 billion plastic bags and wraps yearly, requiring 12 million barrels of oil to create.