Plastic mailing bags, for example, are among the most useful plastic products people have been using. We use them when mailing different items from one place to another. They are lightweight and durable making them perfect for containing stuff like letters, clothes, books, and boxes. They provide protection to the items since they are waterproof. This means, it prevents moisture from seeping in and damaging the content. It also features an adhesive flap to seal once the item is inside the bag. This feature ensures that the item is secure and tamper-proof.
Plastic mailing bags are available in a variety of colors and sizes depending on the type of item you are mailing. Producers offer them in bulk depending on the size. Many courier companies still use these types of plastic bags in their businesses.
Many people see the word "plastic" as synonymous to "harmful to the environment and human health." The fact is, not all plastic products deserve these wrongful judgments and misconceptions.
The following are some of the advantages of using plastic bags that you must be aware of.
Most plastics today are biodegradable
People now have the choice of using biodegradable plastic bags. Environment movements and advocacies promote this type of plastic over the traditional non-biodegradable products. These new forms break down way faster. This feature does not affect its durability as container of several types of goods.
Plastic vs. Paper
Many people argue that paper bags are better than plastic. The fact remains that paper bags require thousands of trees to be cut down from the forests. What about recycled papers? Eventually, the paper recycling industry would have to cut trees since many people do not know a thing about recycling and tend to dispose their paper leading to decomposition. According to the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA), plastics use 40% less energy to produce and generate 80% less solid waste than paper.
In addition, plastic bags are resistant to rain unlike paper bags. This means, you can use plastic several times while paper bags, once drenched will not be useful anymore. Paper bags are also inefficient when shopping for goods at the wet market. You cannot use them to hold for fishes and other seafood.
Some people may argue that the cost of recycling plastic is relatively more expensive than paper. According to the EPA, it takes 91% less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper. This means, plastic recycling takes much less energy than the process of paper recycling.
You see, there are more good things about plastic bags. Environment friendly alternative lies in the proper waste management and recycling. Awareness of its potential harm and a sense of responsibility as human beings will help us take advantage of plastics without compromising the environment.