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How polythene bags impact child learning and environmental stability

Every time we head to the market without a cloth bag and subsequently request a polythene bag for our purchases, we contribute

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How polythene bags impact child learning and environmental stability

Every time we head to the market without a cloth bag and subsequently request a polythene bag for our purchases, we contribute—albeit inadvertently—to the potential intellectual impairment of a child. This assertion may seem startling, yet there is a profound link between our reliance on polythene bags, fetal development, and larger environmental concerns such as climate change.

Understanding science behind concern

Polythene bags are manufactured using a variety of hazardous chemicals, including bisphenol A (BPA), propoxy, dibenzoylmethane, and diiodomethane. Additionally, these bags often contain phthalate plasticizers and flame-retardant chemicals, which can leach into food and water, posing significant health risks.

BPA, in particular, is notorious for its endocrine-disrupting properties, potentially hindering the normal function of hormonal systems and adversely affecting child development, with mental retardation being among the possible outcomes.

Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to these chemicals, which can traverse the placental barrier and disrupt fetal development. For instance, exposure to di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) has been linked to reduced cell growth and smaller placental sizes, which could impede fetal growth. Flame retardants like polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) may also impair thyroid and placental functions, leading to developmental delays.

Connection between plastic bags and intellectual disability

The link between plastic bag usage and intellectual disabilities in children is rooted in our exposure to harmful chemicals during the production, consumption, and disposal of these bags. This exposure, particularly for pregnant women, can result in developmental delays in children, potentially leading to intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and cerebral palsy.

The environmental ramifications of plastic bag production and disposal extend to climate change and ecological degradation. Made primarily from petroleum-derived polymers, the creation of polythene bags releases greenhouse gases, exacerbating global warming.

Moreover, plastic pollution poses a dire threat to ecosystems, with bags taking centuries to decompose, clogging waterways, endangering wildlife, and polluting the soil, thereby impacting human health.

Taking action for a sustainable future

Before reaching for a plastic bag, consider the far-reaching implications of this seemingly convenient choice. By shifting away from plastic bags and embracing sustainable alternatives, we can safeguard not only the environment but also the well-being of future generations. Let’s transform the old clothes lying around our homes into reusable bags, keeping them handy in our cars and pockets, and pave the way for a brighter, healthier future for our planet and its children.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of Ground Report and Ground Report does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

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