y should we recycle plastics?

English: Recycle logo

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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 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….

safe needle disposal

Hypodermic needle and Syringe

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i just received a snail mail package of one dozen Yellowone Needle Cap (Antivirus) from ms. han pham (d designer/inventor) herself!

Yellowone Needle Cap is a non-reusable sharps container for disposal of hypodermic needles. It is designed for syringes with luer-slip. The cap fits over 90 percent of all beverage cans in the world.

will now start to work on how poor clinics in the philippines can safely disposed off their sharps to protect d health workers, patients, communities as well as d environment!

sharp wastes can be minimized by 90% by segregating d needles fr d syringes after each use….infectious waste disposal is an expensive activity so reducing its volume mean savings in disposal costs!

best practices in health care recommend the segregation of needles/sharps at point of use. Source: WHO. it is the needle that is dangerous. It sticks deep – it goes straight into the muscle or the vein. The syringe itself does no harm, because it cannot cut or stick deep through the skin. Therefore, it can be disposed according to local regulations. Source: Annelie Ginzel, MSF.

for those who are not in compliance w/ republic act 6969 (toxic & hazardous waste law), e.g. they don’t have a proper treatment facility nearby. probably a sharp pit (or burial pit) can be a safer alternative. it is very interesting to note that many needles end up in open dumpsites that r accessible to scavengers that recycles them w/o proper treatment.

Tree-Free or Recycled Paper

Tree free paper

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Did you know that using wood to make paper is a fairly recent innovation? Linen, straw and hemp were the primary material sources for paper throughout the centuries until the 1850¹s. Now, about half of all trees logged are turned into paper ­ over 12,000 square miles of forest in the US each year alone. At the same time, in the US, less than 1% of the total pulp produced is manufactured from non-wood, tree free alternatives. While purchasing tree-free paper makes the largest impact, consider choosing 100% recycled paper as an option.

Recycled paper products are widely available, and are considerably less damaging to the environment in production. The EPA has found that making paper from recycled materials results in 75% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.

in d phils. tree-free paper r d ones made fr abaca fibers (fr d banana family dat yields d so-called manila hemp). tis r specialty papers usually used in invitations, etc. other asian countries use bamboo fibers…..d tallest grass….

in india ders an NGO recycling old clothes (those dat r no longer wearable), rags, textile wastes, etc. into tree-free paper.  f poor communities can produce tis tree-free paper den dey can save on paper costs as well as help save d trees….if every filipino use abaca paper den farmers can earn more money instead of d loggers (legal or illegal ones)…..