The impact of plastic bags on the environment is enormous. Approximately 100,000 sea turtles and other marine animals die every year because they mistake the bags for food and get strangled in them. In Australia, 50 million garbage bags end up as litter yearly, the "plastic soup" patch floating in the Pacific Ocean is twice the size of the continental United States. It is roughly 80 percent plastic. Lagos State, Nigeria with a population of 21 million will have severe damage if not addressed.
Plastic bags have become one of the cheapest commodities one can purchase in Nigeria, especially in Lagos State, being the largest economic city in Africa. Plastic bags cause real, tangible harm to the greater environment. Plastic bags tend to disrupt the environment in many ways, such as releasing toxic chemicals into the soil and at times turn into micro plastic that are consumed by humans through animals and fishes and this causes cancer; they blocked drainage and causes flooding.
By advocating and passing a bill to ban plastic bags in Lagos State ; by developing an environmentally cautious culture through media and stakeholders engagement. By engaging the plastic stakeholders to develop adaptation programmes , will massively bring down the volume of consumption and use of plastic bags . This results in protecting our marine life, reducing flooding and reduce the number of people with cancer.
HURIDAC believes that once we can get Lagos State to place a ban on plastic bags through the legislative arm of the state, other states in Nigeria will take a cue and do the needful, and in no time, plastics bags will become a thing of the past. HURIDAC also believes that by addressing this problem will result in improved ecosystem and environment with all its attendant benefits.