Bag it? What is it? Story about an unique, hillarious, expensive and tottaly amazing bag? NOPE!! BAG IT means to put in a bag or to stop doing something. Know, I do not want to talk about things I should put in my bag in every single day, but I would like to talk about more ACTION to stop doing a thing, which is to stop using PLASTIC.
Last week, one lecturer played a video about BAG IT. A documenter movie made by by Suxan Beraza featuring Jeb Berrier. The movie tells us about plastics and papers bag. The story began with Jeb Berrier questions of the using of plastic bag. People use plastic bag in many conditions, such as when shopping, buying groceries, buying medicine, and buying many stuffs which always covered with plastics. People can keep plastic bags they get from the supermarket or the store, but when people get a lot of plastic again from the store, what will people do with the many plastics they have?? Keep it? Or just throw it away? Wait!! Is that really? Plastic bags are created to be thrown away?? BIG NO!!
People use to stay in touch with plastic everyday. Like in BAG IT movie, Jeb Berrier said that when he first met with plastic bags, he felt liked he could see plastic bags everywhere. Is that like love? When we first meet our love, we will see he/ she everywhere we pass through. IRONICALLY, NOT. People and plastic bags is not the kind of love relationship, but more about people dependency with plastics. Everythings made of plastic, plastic bag, plastic bottle, plastic uttensil, plastic clothes, and also many things covered with plastics. People in past, made everything from plastic because they think that life would be easier if there was a thing can be used for creating many stuff. Sure, plastic which basically made by several elements of chemical such as polycarbonate, polypropylene, and polyvinyl chloride can be used for creating everything. To make a plastic bag, people use oil and natural gas which are unrenewable resources. People make plastic using unrenewable resources and just throw the plastic after using it, such a waste! Made of chemicals elements, using unrenewable resources, plastic also has other drawbacks, which are not easily biodegradable and can cause water and soil pollution.
Many places have banned the use of plastic bags and change it to use paper bags. It makes sense, because 500 bilion plastic bags is used each year in United States make environment pollution. One solution is to change the use of plastic bags to paper bags. As Jeb Berrier said plastic bags can either reduces by human works or reduces itself, which is taking much longer time, but papers bag is much more easily biodegradable.
Paper produced by pressing together moist fibers, typically cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. It means using a paper is like cut a tree, which is very important to provide sufficient oxygen to our life. Paper is a sollution for plastic problem, but then, it become another problem with huge effect to people life.
This plastic and paper bags problem must be solved if we want to make better life for the future. The action that could be done to solve the problem for example is plastic waste managements (reduce-reuse-recycle), which are managed by government, organizations, and voluntary people. However, it can not be work if there is no conciousness from the people themselves. If people can seriously take action, the problem of wasting plastic and paper in everywhere would have been managed.
People can make changes to save the world! People can do something for themselves to build better environment by: reduce single-use; make everything worth it and use it in two times or more, like using personal bottle if buy a coffe in a coffeshop, less packaging; try not using plastic to cover enything, use fabric or other thing except plastic, do not drink bottle water, bring your own bag when shopping; to reduce the use of plastic bag, buy less stuff; means we can decrease the use of plastic or paper which use to wrap the stuff we buy, apply the principal of reduce, reuse, recycle, and clean our environment. I do believe people can do action to safe their life. Because maturity is not when we start speaking big thing, but when we start understanding small thing, like using less plastic and paper, and also simplify our life. Using less plastic and paper bag, and BAG IT !