Good thing the bag fee was defeated.
I know what you are thinking. Sure, all of those feral plastic bags, blowing down our streets may be a nuisance and eye sore, but what kind of harm can they really do? Besides, The American Chemical Society told us we had to vote against the bag fee to protect the poor, who just can’t get it together and bring reusable bags to the store while shopping.
Well, here is a little harm for you, courtesy of The Independent:
The scientists found that when plastics decompose in the ocean they release a range of chemicals, such as bisphenol A and substances known as polystyrene-based (PS) oligomers, which are not found naturally. Bisphenol A has been implicated in disrupting the hormonal system of animals.
A common form of plastic rubbish is styrofoam, which soon gets crushed into small pieces in the sea. However, it also releases substantial quantities of a toxic substances called styrene monomer, which is known to cause cancer, as well as styrene dimers and trimer, which are suspected of being carcinogenic. The trimer also breaks down into the toxic monomer form.