proposal woirol - Ian Case Woirol Proposal Essay Plastics have maintained critical importance to convenience in the modern world for the past 60

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Ian CaseWoirol May 11, 2020Proposal EssayPlastics have maintained critical importance to convenience in the modern world for thepast 60 years. The material allows for orderly shipping, cost effective packaging, and isfrequently used for the storage of common goods and resources. While plastic products areextremely easy to make and use, plastics and all its forms are nothing but harmful to theenvironment. In particular, plastic straws are specifically the reason for a myriad of aquatichealth issues. This small item may seem nearly inconsequential, but in fact Americans useapproximately 500 million straws daily (Hugh, 5). Due to the millions of single use plastics andstraws that are discarded into the oceans every year, hundreds of thousands of marine organismsare suffering, The environment is taking a large toll, however one small change can make asubstantial difference that would drastically lower the amounts of plastics that make their wayinto the oceans. Calvert County should ban the use of plastic straws in restaurants because theycannot be easily recycled, are not biodegradable, harm the oceans overall health and in turnnegatively affects the people of Maryland. Most plastic items can be recycled, however there are many plastics that cannot be reused or recycled and plastic straws are a prime example. As a result, most of the straws are left inlandfills, which can easily allow for trash to blow into the oceans (Newman 14). These strawsalso are not biodegradable and cannot ever be fully degraded. Biodegrading would be the processof 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 smallerpieces. Plastics can never become something completely new and it can also never be brokeninto smaller pieces entirely. However, when a plastic does degrade it releases chemicals that aretoxic to the environment and wildlife (Newman 13-14). This becomes a problem as plastic strawsare the 11th most found item in recovered garbage from the ocean. This makes up 3% of totalrecovered waste (Provencher 9). There are many instances where plastic straws have harmedocean life. In one case, there was a turtle that had been found with a bloody straw inside its

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