Plastic has replaced metals and glass as the primary material used.
They provide good insulation for the wiring and are durable in extreme weather conditions.
They provide as a good non-reactive medium as water pipes.
They are light weight and colourful.
Safe for children when they are food grade plastics. Ordinary plastics cause health hazards to humans when eaten in them.
Handy as disposable bags, carry bags, wrapping paper, etc.
Obstruct underground water percolation.
Microbes cannot destroy them.
Produce harmful gases when burnt.
Plastic bags thrown into the open drains and sewers clog them and cause stagnation of water, which in turn poses health hazards
Disposable syringes, drip bottles, blood and urine bags and other medical accessories when disposed off in an irresponsible manner, cause a lot of serious health problems.
Animals sometimes feed on plastics and die painfully as plastic chokes their digestive and respiratory tracts.
What we can do:
Avoid using plastic bags for shopping.
Avoid disposing plastic bags with organic wastes.
Avoid using plastic chairs and tables.
Plastic is made of crude oil. So lesser usage of plastic saves the crude oil.