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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Sabrina M-US, Feb. 28, 2014

I think that plastic can be a good and a bad thing. On the upside plastic is cheap and easy to make. It can be made to be durable and last a long time. On the down side plastic lasts forever in landfills. People are careless and throw away plastic that they could have recycled causing our landfills to be filled with reusable items. It is also commonly used for packaging, which is often large and excessive. A way to use less plastic materials is to use a refillable water bottle instead of using plastic water bottles. Using cloth bags, instead of paper or plastic, for your items when you go shopping is another way to conserve plastic.

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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Jack O-US, Feb. 28, 2014

I believe that plastic can be great if it is used in a renewable way. Using a bunch of plastic disposable water bottles isn’t a renewable way. If you use a reusable water bottle that can help a lot. I also think that people should start using more biodegradable materials for plastic bags and bottles. This would reduce waste and make other waste disappear quicker.

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  • Heidi B-USA Heidi B-USA Feb. 28, 2014
    Hey Jack I think that your ideas are awesome! I have a friend in Germany who told me that their 2 liter bottles they recycle and the companies (like coca-cola) take them back and wash them and sanitize them so they can be reused. He said that it helped cut down on littering and the size of landfills in their country. I thought that was amazing and that the US should adopt an idea like that to help reduce pollution and littering too!

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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Logan C-US, Feb. 28, 2014

When it comes to using plastic in any way, I am very bad at overusing it. I drink out of plastic water bottles all the time but this needs to change. I am willing to start drinking from reusable bottles and such. Advocating to others about the effects plastic has on the world and environment will cause people to realize the seriousness of this topic. If one person starts a new trend, it will most likely become a chain effect throughout the public. Plastic is used in so many ways but now we have to figure out what is the next best thing for our environment.

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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Amber M-US, Feb. 27, 2014

I am very bad about using plastic drink bottles instead of using a refillable one. We have talked about it in class and know that using a refillable container of any sort is better than using something made out of plastic. Today there are so many things that you can use in place of a plastic material. Starbucks has came out a reusable coffee cup; if you use it you even get a discount on your drink! I think that plastic is starting to phase out because there are so many cool non-plastic containers or cups that can be used. One that is becoming a big hit is the Tervis Tumbler. I myself have eight of them because I can get them with a variety of logos or pictures on them, like my favorite college team. Even though it is hard to use less plastic, it is defiantly something worth trying. You can always start off simple, like using a refillable water bottle!

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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Natalia W-US, Feb. 27, 2014

Plastic can be good in some ways and bad in other ways. We always recycle plastic at my house, but we prefer to use reusable bottles. If not recycled, and thrown away inappropriately it will take years to go away. If people reused their bottles more often, we would have fewer issues to deal with in the environment. So plastic is both good and bad.

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  • Adam Edmunds Adam Edmunds Feb. 27, 2014
    It is always good to reuse bottles when you can. Try using a refillable water bottle, most refillable bottles hold more water anyways! If you have to throw a bottle away, be sure you recycle it. I know this may not be extremely safe after a while, but sometimes I even refill plastic water bottles (ex. Aquafina or Deer Park bottles) numerous times before I throw them away. Just whenever possible, reduce, reuse, and recycle! Also, what do you mean when you say plastic is both good and bad?
  • Bailey B-US Bailey B-US Feb. 28, 2014
    I agree with Natalia, plastic can be both good and bad. If used in a good way plastic can be one of the best ideas ever, but, if it is thrown away and not recycled then it will take years to brake down and will be more of a nuisance.

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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Maddi Ownbey, Feb. 27, 2014

I think plastic is a big danger. I have heard on the news that if you are a women, you are not to drink a water bottle that has been left in your car because the chemicals in the plastic heat up and transfer into the water when you drink it and it has been found to cause cancer. Even if you are a male and have heard this, would you drink a water bottle that is known to cause cancer in women? Wouldn’t the chemicals have the same effect on you that it would have on a female? I reuse my water bottles as long as I can before I get another one; I use the same water bottle for probably two weeks. Also using refillable bottles and containers can save a whole lot of plastic. When you are finished with the plastic what do you do with it? Well my family and I recycle ours. What do you do?

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  • Allison C-US Allison C-US Feb. 28, 2014
    I prefer to just stay away from that sort of water bottle in general. If circumstances don't lend themselves and I end up having to use one, I try to only make one use of it for the sake of protecting myself and everybody else from potential carcinogens. It's much more beneficial to just use your own water bottle.
  • Kelsey Bufford Kelsey Bufford Feb. 28, 2014
    You make a very good point Maddi. Finding out things like a simple plastic water bottle could cause cancer is a very scary thing. A better alternate would be using refillable bottles. Not only does this risk go away, but it also is better for the environment.

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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Casey M-US, Feb. 26, 2014

I realize that plastic can be a danger or it can have harsh effects on the environment. But I have not done anything to reduce my plastic consumption. I have heard of interesting ways to reduce the use of plastic and they all sound like they would be easy to do. A couple of the ideas have been to use a reusable water bottle and to use reusable bags at the grocery store instead of plastic bags. I would like to do these things, the problem is to be motivated and actually do them. I have reusable water bottles at home that I could use. Also, I know that I could easily find a place that offers reusable grocery bags for groceries. One thing that I do though is recycling my plastic and glass, and I do reuse plastic grocery bags for bathroom trash if they don’t have holes in them.

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  • Annie D-US Annie D-US Feb. 27, 2014
    I also don't do enough with plastic bags to reduce a carbon footprint. Simple things like bringing a disposable bag to the store are such a great idea! I do save my grocery bags for when i need them as well though.

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Discussions Discussion My Plastic Free Life
Maggie OUSA, Oct. 19, 2013

Hi everyone I found this article with tips to use less plastic. It is full of many simple things you can do which can really lower your overall use of plastic. Here are some examples: Don’t use plastic straws even at restaurants. You can purchase a stainless steel or glass one! Another one is, make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner. And finally give up gum! It’s made of synthetic rubber which is plastic.

http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub/waste-reduction-tips/tips-to-use-less-plastic.html
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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Suchita A-USA, Oct. 17, 2013

Plastic is given so much importance to everyone nowadays that no one realizes how dangerous it really is. I think the main problem is when everyone buys plastic water bottles from the store for everyday use. Every time I go to the store with my parents, I see at least one person buying a huge pack of plastic water bottles. Personally, I never drink from or buy plastic water bottles. Instead, I use refillable bottles that save tons of money and reduce much of the usage of plastic materials. I believe that if we stop buying plastic water bottles, it make such a difference.
Another issue is that stores always pack the items we buy in plastic bags. The thought of using reusable bags never occurred to me until one of my stored started charging for plastic bags. After this my family bought reusable bags and we have been using them ever since. I believe that more stores should starting doing this to. They can sell reusable bags instead and save tons of plastic and money.
With the less use of plastic it also saves money when everyone starts to reuse things. Yes plastic is very important for this day and age but it is also very crucial that we reduce the usage of plastic materials. Reusable water bottles and grocery bags are just as convenient as plastic bags but much much better for the environment. We should all start thinking about the environment around us.

Suchita A-USA
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  • Jessica Wendt Jessica Wendt Oct. 24, 2013
    I agree with you that plastic is given much importance in day to day life nowadays. And the main problem is people are blindsided on how much plastic they really use. I also use a reusable plastic bottle, but my family still buys those huge plastic water bottle cases sometimes, and in that case I reuse the plastic bottle until it is unusable anymore, but really I think everyone should purchase their own reusable water bottle, so we aren't over producing plastic. Along with reusable water bottles, I also have reusable bags for grocery shopping, but there are those times where my family and I forget to bring them in which we use the ones that the stores give us, which really isn't any good for the environment. And I know in some places have a 5 cent price for plastic bags, which I think is a good little hit to get people to by their own reusable bags rather then by plastic bags every time you go to the store. I have also been noticing that clothing stores are starting to put their merchandise is reusable bags instead of plastic bags, which I think is a brilliant idea, because anything that will reduce the use of plastic is really needed in these times. And I think it's time everyone in the world puts in an effort to change their ways and reduce the plastic use.

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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
Suchita A-USA, Oct. 17, 2013

Plastic is given so much importance to everyone nowadays that no one realizes how dangerous it really is. I think the main problem is when everyone buys plastic water bottles from the store for everyday use. Every time I go to the store with my parents, I see at least one person buying a huge pack of plastic water bottles. Personally, I never drink from or buy plastic water bottles. Instead, I use refillable bottles that save tons of money and reduce much of the usage of plastic materials. I believe that if we stop buying plastic water bottles, it make such a difference.
Another issue is that stores always pack the items we buy in plastic bags. The thought of using reusable bags never occurred to me until one of my stored started charging for plastic bags. After this my family bought reusable bags and we have been using them ever since. I believe that more stores should starting doing this to. They can sell reusable bags instead and save tons of plastic and money.
With the less use of plastic it also saves money when everyone starts to reuse things. Yes plastic is very important for this day and age but it is also very crucial that we reduce the usage of plastic materials. Reusable water bottles and grocery bags are just as convenient as plastic bags but much much better for the environment. We should all start thinking about the environment around us.

Suchita A-USA
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  • Suchita A-USA Suchita A-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    Plastic is given so much importance to everyone nowadays that no one realizes how dangerous it really is. I think the main problem is when everyone buys plastic water bottles from the store for everyday use. Every time I go to the store with my parents, I see at least one person buying a huge pack of plastic water bottles. Personally, I never drink from or buy plastic water bottles. Instead, I use refillable bottles that save tons of money and reduce much of the usage of plastic materials. I believe that if we stop buying plastic water bottles, it make such a difference.
    Another issue is that stores always pack the items we buy in plastic bags. The thought of using reusable bags never occurred to me until one of my stored started charging for plastic bags. After this my family bought reusable bags and we have been using them ever since. I believe that more stores should starting doing this to. They can sell reusable bags instead and save tons of plastic and money.
    With the less use of plastic it also saves money when everyone starts to reuse things. Yes plastic is very important for this day and age but it is also very crucial that we reduce the usage of plastic materials. Reusable water bottles and grocery bags are just as convenient as plastic bags but much much better for the environment. We should all start thinking about the environment around us.
  • Michael C-USA Michael C-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    Completely true. We should still continue making plastic items, but instead of making those intended to be thrown away, they should be built to be re-used and re-used. My family is not a huge fan of using re-usable shopping bags at the store but we always re-use water bottles instead of immediately throwing them away. It's amazing to thing how many simple objects can be used a countless amount times, when originally, that object was intended to be thrown away after 1 use. More people need to start thinking like this around the world.

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