Plastics in the Environment: Problem and Solutions Research Paper by Nicky

Plastics in the Environment: Problem and Solutions
An exploration of the problem and solutions to plastic pollution.
# 148568 | 3,013 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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The paper explores the problem of plastic's polluting effects on the environment, using research from scholarly and other reliable sources. The paper also examines present solutions to the problem of plastics within the planet's natural environment. The paper reaches the conclusion that if consumers are convinced that it is a better idea to eschew the use of plastic bags for the greater good of the society, they will likely switch to reusable bags.

What is the Problem and How Long Has it Been Going On?
How do Plastics Impact Ocean Life?
Plastics do not Break Down Easily
Sea of Trash
Plastic in Landfills
The Campaign against Plastic at the Grocery Store
Solutions to the Blight Caused by Plastic Bags
Solutions, Continued

From the Paper:

"The blight of plastic bags from grocery stores and other retail stores is everywhere on the American landscape; bags can be seen stuck to barbed wire fences in the most remote rural areas in the country. That has led to the banning of plastic bags for use in shopping (grocery stories) in many communities and in addition some corporations are eliminating plastic bags. The Whole Foods supermarket chain stopped giving out plastic bags on Earth Day 2008 (April 22), according to an article in The New York Times (Angier, 2008). The reason given by Whole Foods is that it "can take more than 1,000 years for a plastic bag to break down in a landfill" and that "in the U.S. alone, about 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away each year" (Angier 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ABC News. "Plastic bag ban begins." Retrieved May 5, 2009, from (4 May 2009).
  • Angier, Natalie. "Adored, Deplored and Ubiquitous." The New York Times, 15 April,2008 F1. Retrieved May 6, 2009, from
  • Buchanan, Wyatt. "Starting Tuesday, plastic bags illegal at big S.F. grocery stores." San Francisco Chronicle 19 November, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2009, from
  • Chan, Ricky Y. K., Wong, Y. Hl, & Leung, T. K. P. "Applying Ethical Concepts to theStudy of 'Green' Consumer Behavior: An Analysis of Chinese Consumers' IntentionsTo bring their Own Shopping Bags." Journal of Business Ethics Vol. 79 (2007): 469-481.
  • Fraser, Stephen. "What a Dump: The Pacific Ocean is becoming a huge stew of plasticTrash." Current Science 94.2 (2008): 6-7.

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