We all know that plastic bags are basically the root of all evil, but that doesn't stop us from using them.
They're convenient, readily available and are very much integrated into our daily lives; so much so that it seems impossible to imagine a world without them.
But the damage that they cause to the environment and to living creatures is indisputable. Something clearly needs to change. And soon.
Some countries have made a good start by imposing a charge for single-use plastic bags, while others, like China, have banned them completely. But what's the alternative?
Supermarkets across Vietnam and Thailand think they that have come up with the perfect solution.
The humble banana leaf.
And just wait until you see what else it can be used for...
We all know that plastic bags are bad for the environment.
And even more shockingly, only a minuscule amount of these bags are actually recycled.
So, where do all these bags end up?
Burning them is not an option.
Many end up in the ocean.
It's estimated that fifty-two per cent of the world's sea turtles have eaten plastic debris.
Even more shockingly, it's been predicted that by 2050, there'll be more plastic in the ocean than fish!
And it's not just marine life that is affected.
via: Getty ImagesLand animals are equally at risk. Cows, for example, often ingest plastic that's found its way onto their grazing grounds; this is particularly problematic in India, where cows are plentiful and litter collection is poor. Upon later inspection, cows that have died from ingesting plastic have been found to have eaten up to fifty plastic bags!