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Say "NO" to plastic bags

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Say 'NO' to Plastic Bags! Gone are the days when our grandmothers used cloth bags and straw baskets to carry the grocery while going around in the market. For small items there were brown or newspaper bags, but now whether you buy clothes, groceries, meat, books or buttons, the shopkeepers only use plastic bags for the items. Have you ever wondered the beneficial and dangerous side of using plastics? I have and I have found that plastics are very harmful to the environment, even though they are very useful to carry things around. You must be wondering how just a plastic bag, can be so detrimental to the environment. Allow me to tell you how. Plastic bags are cheap and are light in weight. They are also water and chemical resistant and require less energy in manufacture.1 These are the advantages of using plastic bags, but above all these benefits they are still very harmful to the environment! ...read more.


It soon starts blocking the entire digestive system. The gigantic whale is killed by a bag which is nearly one-thousandth of its size! 2 See! How harmful these plastic bags are to the marine life. Just one plastic bag can kill many animals. Plastic bags also block drainage systems and cause the awfully dirty water to come out into the street making puddles that are breeding grounds for flies and mosquitoes. These disease carriers in return spread cholera, typhoid, diarrhoea, contaminating drinking water and further spreading the disease and even causing hepatitis B. Four to five trillion plastic bags are produced each year but less than one percent is recycled!3 100, 000 marine animals die annually by plastic bags when they mistake them for food. Plastic bags choke landfills and can take 400-1,000 years to breakdown. The littering of plastic bags also stops rain water from penetrating into the soil which results in less rains and low water levels. ...read more.


Instead of throwing away plastic bags, reuse them at home. There are many ways like freezing food, packing school lunches or storage of clothing and other household items. Consider recycling your plastic shopping bags by returning them to the store. And last but not least, create public awareness. Tell others how harmful it is to use plastic bags. If you have no guts to say 'NO' to plastic bags then remember that you can always....Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!!! Name: Laraib Hussain Class: S5 Subject: English Language Criteria: Assignment 1 - (informative, analytical and/or argumentative) Topic: Say "NO" to Plastic Bags! 1 What are the advantages of Plastic Bags? By Tyler Lacoma Web: http://www.ehow.com/about_5273213_advantages-plastic-bags.html Buzzle.com - Environmental Pollution: The Harmful Effects of Plastic Bags Web: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/environmental-pollution-the-harmful-effects-of-plastic-bags.html 2 Reusablebags.com - The real cost of free plastic bags ' Phase 3 Disposable and Litter costs' Web: http://www.reusablebags.com/facts.php?id=2 3 Say No to Plastic Bags -The Shocking Facts about Polyethylene Bags, Julie Burtinshaw May 1, 2007 Web: http://environmental-activism.suite101.com/article.cfm/say_no_to_plastic_bags 4 BBC News| Africa| South Africa bans plastic bags - Friday, 9 May 2003 Web: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3013419.stm 5 Causes of Plastic Pollution - Web: http://members.rediff.com/jogsn/BP4.htm ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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This is an appropriate response to the set question which develops a detailed line of argument relating to the pros and cons of plastic bags. Numerous examples are used throughout in order to better substantiate the candidate's claims. The response ...

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Response to the question

This is an appropriate response to the set question which develops a detailed line of argument relating to the pros and cons of plastic bags. Numerous examples are used throughout in order to better substantiate the candidate's claims. The response opens with an impartial and effective introduction - I particularly like the image of "grandmothers [and] cloth bags" which is easily identifiable character to the majority of readers.

Level of analysis

The embedded narrative in paragraph five is an interesting addition to the piece; it adds a (perhaps unintentional) element of humour using the metaphor "bag of death". The story has a hyperbolic feel about it also which contributes to the general line of argument expressed that plastic bags are a terrible creation. The comparative statistic "whale is killed by a bag... one-thousandth of its size" is well-used, making the response read far more authentically. The candidate concludes strongly, with the suppositioning clause "if you have the guts to say 'NO'..." which leaves the reader with a somewhat 'niggling' conscience!

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Spelling and punctuation is largely faultless, with only a few minor inaccuracies as with "whale [then] mistakes it" which is not grammatically sound. However, the candidate is penalised for using exclamatory statements excessively, which impedes upon what is otherwise a finely polished essay. In paragraph eleven alone, we observe five instances of this, which then renders the device obselete - save exclamation marks for genuinely shocking statements. In order to develop what is a short conclusion, the candidate could consider explaining the terms "reduce, reuse and recyle" and perhaps offering examples of ways in which this can be achieved, for example, using charity shops instead of "evil" high street commercial giants. Or it is certainly my experience that during school I was bombarded with recycling propaganda often in the forms of jingles which could offer a dynamic ending for this response.

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