Proposal Essay - Berry 1 Ashley Berry Syring English 1010 153399 For The Love of Turtles Proposal Essay Plastics are currently a crucial element of

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Berry 1 Ashley Berry Syring English 1010 - 153399 December 11, 2018 For The Love of Turtles! - Proposal Essay Plastics are currently a crucial element of American convenience. The composite allows for orderly shipping, packaging and is even used for the storage of common goods and toys. While plastic products are extremely easy to make and use, the forms of it are very harmful to the environment. In particular, plastic straws are the culprit of a myriad of aquatic health issues. This small item may seem nearly inconsequential, but in fact Americans use approximately 500 million straws daily (Hugh). The environment is suffering and this small change can make a large difference. Saint Mary’s County should ban the use of plastic straws in restaurants because they cannot be easily recycled, are harmful to the human body and to ocean life. There are a lot of plastic items that can be recycled, but many straws cannot be used again. As a result, most of the straws are left in landfills, which can easily allows for trash to blow into the oceans (Newman 14). These straws also are not biodegradable and cannot ever be fully degraded. Biodegrading would be the process of an item being naturally broken down and digested by microorganisms and then naturally recycled into new molecules. Degrading is simply an item being broken down into smaller pieces. Plastics can never become something completely new and it can also never be broken into smaller pieces entirely. However, when a plastic does degrade it releases chemicals that are toxic to the environment and wildlife (Newman 13-14).
Berry 2 This becomes a problem as plastic straws are the 11th most found item in recovered garbage from the ocean. This makes up 3% of total recovered waste (Provencher 9). There are many instances where plastic straws have harmed ocean life. In one case, there was a turtle that had been found with a bloody straw inside its nostril. This was likely caused by a free-flowing straw that the turtle had swallowed and then attempted to cough out (“Turtles and Straws”). Similar scenarios can happen to any other marine animal and even to organisms on land, and can be deadly to unsuspecting animals. Another issue with animals consuming plastics is that when seafood or livestock is harvested. The person eating the fish or livestock can ingest the plastic that was once inside of the organism. Along with plastics being harmful after disposal, they can

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