Why do humans persist in using and throwing away so much plastic? What arguments can be made to support the continued use of plastics, or alternatives?

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Topic: According to the National Geographic website: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/plastic-pollution/ , plastic bags and food wrappers, have a lifespan of mere minutes to hours (the time from which they are created and then discarded in the trash), yet these plastic wrappers may remain in the environment as trash and pollution for hundreds of years. Does reading a fact such as this make you think twice before using plastic bags, or does the convenience for people outweigh the environmental impact?   Please compose a 4-6-page argumentative essay (1000 min -1400 max words- double spaced) to express your claim. Why do humans persist in using and throwing away so much plastic? What arguments can be made to support the continued use of plastics, or alternatives?  Do some background reading to gain insight and information. Please be sure to site all of the sources used to support your argument(s).   Requirements:   • A well-organized academic essay with your own title related to the topic Your essay must follow one of the three argumentative methods (See https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/academic_writing/establishing_arguments/organizing_your_argument.html) visit https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/academic_writing/essay_writing/argumentative_essays.html for essay format • 1000 min -1400 max words (the cover page, the title, and the reference page do not count) • A five- paragraph essay • APA format  • Include a cover page with the required information  To make your arguments valuable, use citations or direct quotes • Paraphrasing with in-text citations are used and formatted correctly  • At least one direct quote is used and formatted correctly  • Use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

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