Living in a plastic world

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  • Anonanon
    June 30, 2008 7:50 a.m.

    Anonymous, the only people dragging ANWR into this are people like you who are having trouble staying on topic. A cloth bag, unlike a water bottle, is used many, many times. Most plastic water bottles I see are used and discarded. They occupy space in our landfills, as well as are forming permanently gyrating fields of ocean trash, in the center of every ocean.
    No one's denying plastic's usefulness here; just whether plastic bottles of WATER are sensible, given all of their down sides.

  • Anonymous
    June 29, 2008 10:10 p.m.

    The portion of the barrel of oil used for plastic would have been used for roads in the not too distant past. While we need roads we needed a reduction in packaging costs, improved safety of vehicles, and a myriad of other benefits we derive daily from plastic. The cost of energy to produce a cloth bag, clay pot, glass jar, etc. is more than the cost of several hundred Evian water bottles (water not included). Then the reduction in transportation costs from the lighter weight container. The reduction in insurance costs for repairing a truck or car. Not to mention the savings in fuel costs for lighter weight vehicles. Those are just small examples of positive benefits of plastics that far out weigh the risks. If you are so worried about drilling in the ANWR, try putting a postage stamp in the middle of a football field and saying it endangered the beauty of the field.

  • Solution: Drill, Drill, Drill
    June 29, 2008 8:33 p.m.

    There is plent of oil to make all the plastic bottles we ned and want! Just the D-News suggesting we should use less plastic makes me want to use more. Open up ANWR and let the drilling begin!!!!!

  • Maggie
    June 29, 2008 4:34 p.m.

    I'm all for recycling, despite what John tells us! I do question, however, how we can attempt to "recycle or reuse all plastic, paper, and aluminum" without government policies. I can sort my garbage all I want to separate things that could be used again, but until there is some place or some body willing to take the stuff, I'm nothing more than a hoarder. Private industry apparently won't do it, because it isn't a money maker. That leaves the government. In areas where recycling is a way of life, it is because it is expected by the city, county, state...someone other than private citizens.
    Without someplace to deposit reusable commodities so they can be transported to a facility that will break them down and process them into something new, I am simply postponing the inevitable trip to the landfill.

  • Johnson
    June 29, 2008 2:14 p.m.

    John, calm down. Plastic is a valuable commodity, one we get from a barrel of petroleum (which as was noted above, we also use to power our cars). It's completely reasonable for people to question whether they should be buying WATER, which is freely available in the pipes you mention above, in throwaway plastic containers. It may not be as important as debating what to do about Iraq, but it's a completely worthy idea. I think you are just primed to go "off" anytime you hear anything that smacks of those blankety-blank environmentalists.

  • John
    June 29, 2008 12:36 p.m.

    So what if we use plastic. How come all of you want to go back to the dark ages and live in caves?

    Fear mongering about disaster is a waste of time. We are fine as we are doing. Certainly we have to tread as lightly on the earth as we can, and be wise with what we have, but the heck with all of you people who want to overturn what we have all worked so hard to create for ourselves and our posterity.

    You sound like that idiot Obama, screaming for change, but never really saying what change you are talking about. I will vote for someone who screams for common sense, but simply demanding change without a definition is stupid.

    Worrying about plastic bottles is a waste of time. If you care that much, then do what the water companies did, and run pipes to our homes so we can have milk faucets. Then, no more plastic bottles!

  • Leonardo
    June 29, 2008 9:42 a.m.

    Nothing wrong with encouraging people to not buy water in plastic bottles. Unlike my bottle of shampoo, we can go through plastic water bottles at a prodigious rate. Also, they fill up our (expensive!) landfills, and are made out of petroleum, which I'm pretty sure we need for other, more important things.

  • MetricWrench
    June 29, 2008 8:56 a.m.

    I think we all have much bigger problems to resolve first. Dave's idea would never work. Imagine the environmental impact from extracting enough clay from the earth and think of all the plants that would be destroyed for the materials needed to weave a basket.

  • Dave
    June 29, 2008 8:00 a.m.

    Or we could weave baskets and make clay pots to carry our stuff in.