y should we recycle plastics?

English: Recycle logo

English: Recycle logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

if u live in areas wer pple can recycle plastics, pls do so. pity r those who live in rural areas or isolated islands! most likely, dey don’t disposed off deir trash properly….

i’ve seen pple still burning plastic waste here in d phils! tis s really sad…. our clean air act & ecological solid waste mgt act prohibit d burning of waste….but to no avail….

pple r not aware dat burning anything chlorinated bellow 800 deg C will emit dioxin & furans…d nastiest chemicals known 2man!

but hu cares? f u do….pls help educate our fellow men.

Our-Plastic-Nightmare_Final

infographics courtesy of:

http://www.onlineeducation.net/2012/12/17/fantastic-plastic

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plastic bottles

according to www.NathanSports.com, there are bout 38 billion disposable water bottles being thrown away every year in tis planet!

i sometimes consume water bottles wenever der s no alternative….so 2cut down on tis stupidity….i purchased a nice & cool refillable bottle at r.o.x. (recreation outdoor exchange at boni high street at d fort, taguig).

using a refillable water bottle never been cooler dan tis! it doesn’t need 2b boring man!

Water Bottle

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plastic waste recycling

convenience store recycle bins #572

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“If we burn the plastic, we generate toxins and a large amount of CO2. If we convert it into oil, we save CO2 and at the same time increase people’s awareness about the value of plastic garbage,” says Akinori Ito, CEO of Blest.

Blest’s conversion technology is very safe because it uses a temperature controlling electric heater rather than flame. The machines are able to process polyethylene, polystyrene and polypropylene (numbers 2-4) but not PET bottles (number 1). The result is a crude gas that can fuel things like generators or stoves and, when refined, can even be pumped into a car, a boat or motorbike. One kilogram of plastic produces almost one liter of oil. To convert that amount takes about 1 kilowatt of electricity.

The economic injustice of plastic

A variety of household objects made out of pla...

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Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice. Because plastic trash, he shows us, hits poor people and poor countries “first and worst,” with consequences we all share no matter where we live and what we earn. At TEDxGPGP, he offers a few powerful ideas to help us reclaim our throwaway planet.

plastic straws

Plastic drinking straws

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prevent pollution by avoiding d use of plastic straws. y? see bellow:

  • deyr made fr non-renewable resources. even though deyr from byproducts of oil refining, i.e putting waste in2 good use
  • dey r seldom recycled
  • most of dem end up in sewer lines, dump sites, or everywhere….
  • animals mistake dem as food…
  • ur not really cool, sophisticated or rich wen having straws in ur drink…

d only time one really needs a straw is wen one is sick……or wen one have a very2 sensitive teeth….straws r useful wen drinking in d car though….maybe one can use paper straws instead…or maybe glass straws….

how much do we recycle?

biodegradable plastics

a colleague of mine, ms. carol lee wrote me tis note:
Hello Eric,
Just late last year, I noticed that the yellow shopping bags of SM (Shoe Mart) have ‘biodegradable‘ printed on them.  Until then, I have always thought their bags are made of plastic.  How can one tell whether a bag is actually manufactured using biodegradable plastic or not?
Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you on the above.
All the best,
Carole

der was a time wen plastic bags (lotz wer from sm supermarkets) on unsanitary landfills, sewer canals, rivers & even in manila bay r regularly seen on photos in newspapers & magazines….
plastic bag pollution

plastic bag pollution

shoemart noiselessly introduced deir oxo-biodegradable plastic (obps) bags as well as d re-usable green bags (can last up2 2yrs or 100 grocery trips, accordingly) 2address d problem.
d question is….do we really need a plastic bag dat will last a hundred years? biodegradable plastic bags (sm obps bags decompose after 6 months) r cool coz of low enviro impact…
opbs

obps

sm green bag

sm green bag

biodegradable plastic bags can b identified fr deir labels. see pix bellow. f plastic bags r not labeled so, den dey’r not!

giordano (a clothes shop) have bio-bags 4deir customers….

giordano bio-bag

giordano bio-bag

in d past (wen brandenberger invented it in 1908), cellophane wer made fr plants b4 petrochemical based plastics became d cheapest alternative.

pple say dat biodegradable plastics r more expensive dan regular plastics…according 2a friend (who’s familiar w/ d supplier of sm), sm didn’t spent too much more in deir biodegradable bags due 2d volume scale (only 12% more expensive according an sm insider)…..guess, cost s always a reason 4pple 2justify dat we can pollute d earth….

using re-usable bags (cloth bags, ‘bayong’, etc.) s d best way 2go……in europe, one has 2pay 4plastic bags if u don’t hav ur own re-usable bags…tis actually lessens d amt of plastic bag waste….

we need 2stop pollution fr plastics……

a friend from d phil. pollution prevention roundtable (p3r) 4warded a plastic bottles ppt. 2view it, click on d link bellow:

bottled water