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Plastic doesn't pollute, people do

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SylvieBarak
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SylvieBarak   5/18/2012 4:53:59 PM
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The problem gets even worse when it comes to so-called "bio-plastics" because then people think it's ok to just throw plastic wherever they please. It's an education problem. People have to learn to not be gross.

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Bert22306   5/17/2012 6:56:41 PM
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Perhaps, but it's wrong to condemn a material with as many obvious benefits as plastic, just because people are too lazy to dispose of plastic bottles. Or just because, when used in some products, it has gotten a reputation as being "cheap." You can focus on any modern industry, look where they use plastics, and in most cases, you'll be hard pressed to find a better alternative.

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IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc   5/17/2012 6:04:49 PM
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I've been to over 30 countries around the world and each one had plastic bottles scattered as garbage across the land. People are inherently lazy and toss them aside without a care. Corporations would rather use non-biodegradable bottles because it looks much better on the bottom line and makes the shareholders happy. Both groups need to become more responsible and ethical. Blaming one side over the other is just a using them as a scapegoat.

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CHATLIT   5/17/2012 1:37:54 AM
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I guess Social Mania about anything is dead right. They are anti everything modern and yet use the modern technology and fly around mostly at public costs or vested interests. Fact is the dicipline required to make modern technology sustainable is conveniently ignored. Such as disposal of plastics.

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Frank Tu   5/17/2012 12:19:44 AM
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The "mania" in "Social Mania" is right. These guys sound like fanatics, not scientists. The good, and unusually prophetic for Hollywood: from the movie, "The Graduate" - "I just want to say one word to you... plastics. There's a great future in plastics". Indeed, it was the future! But generally plastic is not biodegradable. Much of it does, however, age poorly when exposed to UV. And I can't tell you how many plastic (or even nylon) car parts I have broken and had to replace because they were plastic, but wouldn't have been a problem if they were still steel. And the plastic in the toilet tanks crud up or break too, and need to be replaced. Maybe the problem is that people don't want to specify the right tensile strength or grade of plastic, don't care if the part breaks in 2 or 5 years, or they have "cheap" on their mind so they just go with minimums. But plastic has its reputation for a reason. It may not rust, but it does age and break, and not degrade biologically. And don't try to tell me I can burn plastic. That's just plain stupid. I don't know where we would be without plastics, but don't act like there's no down side to it, and that "people pollute".

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prabhakar_deosthali   5/16/2012 2:17:32 PM
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I agree! and I am also excited to learn that one kg of plastic can generate energy equivalent of burning 1 kg of oil. If some research team comes out with an engine which can use plastic ( thrown away ) as fuel with permissible emissions then the garbage industry will compete with gold mines for mining the plastic out of garbage

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Bert22306   5/15/2012 11:04:37 PM
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I fully concur with him. One of the really nice features of plastic is that, where this is needed, it does not degrade. But it can be recycled, so it doesn't HAVE to pollute. Another feature is that it can be formed into any shape you need, unlike almost any other material. And it's also much lighter than just about any other material. Remember how the running boards and the fenders of cars used to rust out and look awful, especially in places where they use salt in winter? Not if those car parts were made of plastic. Remember how the mechanisms in toilet tanks became so badly corroded that they were really difficult to replace, when they needed replacement? Not with plastic. Tell me, how would you build a cell phone without plastic? Wood? Aluminum? Steel? Hah. What would you use to insulate electrical wires? Silk? How much extra fuel would it take for transportation, if every bottle we used were made of glass instead of plastic? It's not for everything, but I think it's silly to pretend plastics aren't essential these days.

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