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Ban Plastic Bottles?!

Posted Sep 27, '10 at 4:56pm

KingLemon

KingLemon

584 posts

I'm sure many of us have heard of this, plastic bottles causing cancer or something else, but I never thought that it was an actual debate.  My friend sent me a link involving "the dangers of plastic bottles"...it read:

"The opposition would argue that bottled water should remain legal because it is convenient and can be recycled....Bottles of water can only be recycled a limited number of times before they cannot be recycled again. As Anne Leonard states, “Unfortunately, the plastics companies’ claims that their plastic is ‘recyclable’ are badly misleading. Plastic waste is seldom if ever recycled into the same product, so recycling used plastic does not make a dent in the amount of plastic needed to make the original products” (2). Many Americans assume recycling is helping clean up the environment when the true reality is that most plastic from water bottles is not even recycled back into plastic water bottles, thus making the recycling a complete waste of energy. There is no point to the convenience of plastic water bottles if convenience is what is causing the planet to die.

Because plastic water bottles are hazardous to the human body, are destroying the environment, and are misleading to consumers, sales of all plastic water bottles should be restricted in the United States. With BPA harming the body, recycling and littering harming the environment, and companies twisting the truth to get their products sold, plastic water bottles are a danger to the society of America.

I guess I am just as ignorant as many Americans, thinking that "Hey, I'm recycling my water bottle. I'm saving the environment. YAY ME :D!".
I personally think that we as Americans should protest plastic water bottles, rather than ban them completely. I've also been told that recycling companies do not recycle bottles with caps on them, caps MUST BE OFF, which I find quite...stupid...but again like so many American's I (used to) throw away bottles with the caps on.
So i'm just wondering what do you think about this? Should it or should it not be and why?

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Posted Sep 27, '10 at 5:12pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

4,939 posts

Knight

Plastic in general is "bad".. just look at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It's size is estimated at more than the size of Texas (possibly multiple times more), no one knows exactly; and it is mostly plastic; it's almost a new plastic continent. It is slowly eroded to plastic nanoparticles that intoxicate everything that lives there, accumulating along the food chain. And who is at the end of this food chain? You got it: we are.

 

Posted Sep 27, '10 at 5:17pm

NoNameC68

NoNameC68

5,069 posts

Knight

We should not restrict the sale of plastic water bottles because we should not allow the government to restrict sales of ANY product what-so-ever.

Reasons not to ban plastic water bottles:

1. Restricting the sale of plastic bottles means we must increase the amount of aluminum that we use. This will drive the prices of almost every product on the shelf sky high.

2. If we give the government power to restrict the sales of plastic bottles, we give them the power to restrict the sales of any product out there. This allows the government to harm small businesses that can't afford to spend extra money on "environmental" means and research.

Small businesses will also suffer when the government restricts the sales of other products or variations of the product.

3. Let's assume that plastic bottles are harmful to our bodies. Nobody is forcing you to use plastic bottles. Don't force us not to use them.

Patricia Thomas

Who the hell is this?

Many people all around America have had a loss in one way or another due to plastic water bottles.

Bull****.

 

Posted Sep 27, '10 at 5:19pm

Asterantha

Asterantha

81 posts

There are bottles you can buy that are supposedly some sort of 'safe' plastic.  Whether or not this is true...??

But it's certainly a good idea to reuse them.  It's simple to just wash it out and fill it up over buying a pack of water bottles.

 

Posted Sep 27, '10 at 5:24pm

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

9,667 posts

Knight

There are bottles you can buy that are supposedly some sort of 'safe' plastic.  Whether or not this is true...??

It's a biodegradable plastic based on corn.

 

Posted Sep 27, '10 at 5:36pm

Asherlee

Asherlee

5,189 posts

Knight

Buy a brita and an aluminum bottle.

I do this every morning. Saves me money and cancer.

 

Posted Sep 27, '10 at 6:07pm

ABarOfSoap

ABarOfSoap

216 posts

We're already starting to move to reusable grocery bags, why not water bottles? I just reuse a plastic water bottle everyday by washing it out, and filling it back up.

Saves me money

 

Posted Sep 27, '10 at 7:48pm

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

9,667 posts

Knight

We're already starting to move to reusable grocery bags,

I still get plastic grocery bags because they work well for the small trash cans I have and for cleaning the cats litter.

 

Posted Sep 27, '10 at 8:14pm

Freakenstein

Freakenstein

8,090 posts

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Hazardous to the human body, you say? Well why the hell didn't said humans take steps to make it not hazardous to them? Why should we take steps to restrict something that doesn't need to be restricted, when the only reasons are people are interacting with the material in a stupid way?

I will say this though: If we can recycle the materials in an effective, cost friendly, ends-affecting way, I'm all up for more plastic. There's a reason why it is one of the most-used materials.

 

Posted Sep 28, '10 at 3:18am

goumas13

goumas13

4,486 posts

It just say ban the plastic bottles, without saying with what they should be replaced. So until they have an actual proposal the plastic bottles cannot be banned.
Only when they will have done research and when they will have found that the "X" material is quite healthy, not very expensive and Eco-friendly the plastic bottles could be banned.

Many things are unhealthy, but unfortunately we cannot ban them all.

 
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