By: Kovida Koneru
How Are Plastic Snack Bags Made?
Snack packages are made from different types of polyethylene polymers. This material is used for strength, resistance to oxidation, cheapness, and versatility. High-density polyethylene (HDPE), ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), and ethylene acrylic acid copolymers (EAAC) are also included to make the product. The raw materials that are needed to make this product would be raw polyethylene. The raw polyethylene is delivered in powders to special sites after the chemical production process to allow others to make the solid shape. The process that the polyethylene is made is by allowing the ethylene to enter the factory as a gas. Then, the gas is transformed into polyethylene. It will look like a warm, fluid pulp. The next step would allow the pulp to be pushed through a plate with small holes in a constant stream. In the future, the solidifying polyethylene strings that come out at the other end are immediately cut into small pieces by a rotating knife. Finally, these strings will go to companies as raw material, where they are melted and processed into all kinds of products.Ethylene is thought of as the aging hormone in plants. It is also known for it naturally occurring, but it can also occur as a result of combustion and other processes. You can't see or smell it. This how it is extracted from the planet.
How Are Plastic Bags Used? How Long Do They Last?
My product is a snack bag and it is used to store mini-snacks into them. This product can last up to an average of 1000 years. However, it is different for each food processed as well.The picture you see above is there to show you how one small item can cause a lifetime of disaster.
What is Next?
When the product is no longer needed, it goes into the trashcan. However, it can be polluted if someone is being careless with their belongings. After researching, I found out that it can take more than 1,000 years for the plastic snack bags to evaporate. These bags are very toxic and can harm the animals. According to Algalita Marine Research Foundation, these bags cause the death of many marine animals as they mistake them for food. When plastic snack bags break down, they photodegrade. The materials break down to smaller fragments allowing them to soak up toxins causing them to contaminate soil, waterways, and and hurt the animal’s digestion.
YOU CAN HELP!
One Simple Step!
These plastic snack bags can be used to pick up trash or hold an item at home. For example, in some homes, people reuse plastic snack bags to hold paper clips, crayons, and other office supplies. There is always the part where you can reuse these wrappers by recycling them allowing them to turn into something else that might be useful later.
REDUCE! REUSE! RECYCLE!
The first R is Reduce. This is where it all happens. It means cutting on what you already have. In my case, if we reduce the amount of plastic snack bags we use everyday, we can save up to 42% of our plastic usage allowing animals to be more safer and a lot less amount of toxins going in our system. The next R is Reuse. Before you throw away an item, you have to make sure that there is any life left in it. For example, we can reuse the amount of plastic bags we use everyday so that we can help the economy by producing less as well as not harming the environment. as previously stated in my project, we use reuse plastic snack bags by considering them as storage bags. This will allow us to throw away less as it takes 1,000 years to disappear into the air. Finally, the last R is Recycle. Recycling is very popular in our society because we know a lot about its advantages. By recycling plastic bags, we can create useful material that might help us in the future. The impact of the three R’s on preserving the Earth’s biodiversity is important. It is up to use to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
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