Plastic Bags – only used for 12 minutes

As plastic bags are controversially discussed these days, we chose the topic plastic bags. We would like to find out whether the use of plasitc bag causes great pollution or are environmentally friendly. To find out how other people think about it and how often people use plastic bags, we created a survey. We included the results of our survey.

Weil Plastiksäcke kürzlich kontrovers diskutiert worden sind, haben wir dieses Thema gewählt. Wir möchten herausfinden, ob Plastiksäcke eine grosse Umweltverschmutzung verursachen oder umweltfreundlich sind. Um herauszufinden, wie Leute darüber denken und um herauszufinden, wie oft Leute Plastiksäcke benutzen, haben wir eine Umfrage kreiert. Ein Teil der Resultate unserer Umfrage haben wir in diesem Post integriert.

Here is our selfmade video:

Materials used to produce plastic bags:
Normal bags:

  • Polyethylene
  • or Polythene (made of crude oil)

Eco bags:

  • lactic acid
  • or cellulose
  • or starch

Polyethylene is the most used material for bags worldwide. The problem with normal bags is that they can’t be decomposed because of the materials (Polyethylene). Normally we use them only once and it takes up to 400 years for them to decompose. They cause a lot of pollution and end up in oceans, garbages and other places. The average European uses around 500 plastic bags per year. wikipedia.org

Polyethylen ist weltweit das meist verwendete Material um Plastiksäcke herzustellen. Das Problem mit normalen Plastiksäcken ist, dass diese aufgrund des Polyethylens nicht biologisch abbaubar sind. Normalerweise werden die Platiksäcke einmal verwendet. Bis sie zersetzt sind, dauert es 400 Jahre. Dies verursacht zum Beispiel in Gewässern eine riesige Umweltverschmutzung. Der durchschnittliche Europäer verwendet etwa 500 Plastiksäcke pro Jahr. wikipedia.org

A bag weighs around 20g. For the production for one bag you need 40g of crude oil.
Ein Plastiksack wiegt etwa 20 gramm. Für die Produktion eines Plastiksacks wird etwa 40 gramm Rohöl verwendet.
Please click this link to see how plastic bags are produced.

Here you can see some of the results of our Survey:

Participants: 31 students and 1 teacher
Do you reuse your plastic bags? Verwendest Du Plastiksäcke mehrmals?
Do you try to reduce the use of plastic bags? Versuchst Du die Benutzung von Plastiksäcken zu reduzieren?
How much would you pay for a plastic bag? Wie viel würdest du für einen Plastiksack bezahlen?
The Survey showed us that most of the participants use plastic bags. However, they are aware of the fact that the use of plastic bags is not good for our environment. Because of this, most of them reuse their plastic bags several times and try to reduce the usage. On the other hand, more than 40% would not pay for a plastic bag to help the reduction of plastic bags.What are the advantages and disadvantages of plastic bags?

Pros:

  • They are convenient
  • They are durable and can be used more than once
  • They take up less space in a landfill than paper bags (Washington Post)

Cons:

  • 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year, worldwide (paprec.com)
  • About 1 million plastic bags are used every minute. (paprec.com)
  • A single plastic bag can take 20 to 1,000 years to degrade (wikipedia.org)
  • Plastic bags remain toxic even after they break down (paprec.com)

Conclusion

In conclusion the waste of plastic bags is decreasing due to the huge influence from the government and also from the shops since they want money for the bags.

We realised just now how toxic plastic bags are for our environment. We will certainly need to reduce the usage of plastic bags. In addition, we will try to convince other people to also reduce their usage ot plastic bags.

 

Kadri, Dominique and Imre

Reviewed by S. Hemmerle

 

11 thoughts on “Plastic Bags – only used for 12 minutes

  1. Dear Plastic Bag Team

    You made a very good contribution to this website!
    There are a lot of interesting facts to see in your article also because plastic bags are a big problem in our society now.

    Lövlövlöv
    Larissa, Valerio and Slavica

    1. Dear Larissa, Valerio and Slavica

      Thank you very much for your feedback!
      Yes, you are right and we hope that you will also try to reduce the usage of plastic bags. 🙂

      Greetings
      Kadri, Dominique and Imre

  2. Dear Plastic Bag Team
    You have choosen a very important and interesting topic. It showed us a lot of details about plastic bags, which we didn’t know. We didn’t understand some of your graphs. It Looks like you maybe confused the results. But the rest of your contribution was still very nice, especially with you selfmade video.

    Kind regard, Fabienne, Laura Nicole (Paper Team)

    1. Dear Paper Team

      Thank you again for your comnment! You were right. There was a mistake with the pictures. We changed it now.

      Greetings
      Kadri, Dominique and Imre

  3. Hi PlasticBag Team!
    A very nice post! The video is short but have a good message 🙂 We learned a lot about plastic bags out of your post. We also found it good that you have translated your post but why didn’t you translate everything? That was kind of confusing but anyway you made a very interesting post!

    Thank you and have a nice day.

    Your Tire Team
    Lukas, Claudia & Ladina

    1. Dear Tire Team

      Thank you for your feedback and sorry for confusing you!
      We will try to translate everything.

      Greetings
      Kadri, Dominique and Imre

  4. What a tragedy! – This was our first thougt about this theme. It is incredible and sad at the same time. Our use uf plastic bags is quite serious.
    We didn’t knew that europeans use 500 plastic bag per year in avergage!!

    To your contribution:
    -very interesting introduction
    -well chosen survey questions
    -impressive header picture
    -it is great that your survey results are bilangual

    Some things to improve:
    -You should enlarge your conclusion and final thougts a little bit more

    In conclusion we think that you’ve done a great job with this contribution, because you show us in a clear way how bad our use of plastic bag really is for the environment.

    Best wishes
    Your paper team (Fabienne, Nicole, Laura)

    1. Dear Paper Team

      Thank you very much for your feedback! We will try to improve our conclusion!

      Greetings
      Kadri, Dominique and Imre

  5. I find this Topic very intresting! great post 🙂
    the discussion of plastic bag is very big right now, since you need to pay now. I learned a lot!

    1. Dear Ben

      Thank you very much for your feedback! We thought the same and that’s why we chose this topic. 🙂

      Greetings
      Kadri, Dominique and Imre

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