Discussion in 'The Environment' started by HoneySuckleBlue, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. HoneySuckleBlue

    HoneySuckleBlue Cosmic Artist

    Do you think it is a good thing that we create plastics so that we don't have to use as much natural products?

  2. Jabbawaya

    Jabbawaya Member

    Plastics are harmful to the environment and they take forever to decompose. However, plastic is absolutely everywhere, and life would be very different without it. Imagine no plastic. We'd have to make cars, computers, and so many things totally differently or not at all.
  3. HoneySuckleBlue

    HoneySuckleBlue Cosmic Artist

    It seems as long as they are kept cool we'll be fine...but that's kind of a gamble is'nt it?
  4. yeah, i believe its possible it woulndt be the craziest thing to happen. Look around at whats going on, so many people dont care about the declining state of this earth. Sadly, but as Jabbawaya said things would be so different without any plastic at all, imagine.
  5. Absolutely not!!!! Plastic toxins are one of the worst out there. With so many things it would be more effiecent to use natural resources, for they decompose as pose no threat to our ecological system... most is renewable.
  6. whispers

    whispers sweet and sour

    it is not the material that is the problem is the way it is produced and the way we deal with it when we no longer want it.

    natural based products would still not solve our problems of waste control.....when buried in an low oxygen enviroment like a dump materials takes decades or more to decompose if ever.

    what is needed is a change in society ....... one with out the throw away ideas
  7. Hikaru Zero

    Hikaru Zero Sylvan Paladin

    Plastic itself is a good thing, in my opinion. However, the fact that we -- or rather, society -- just sticks it in a dump and pretend it's not there when we're done with it, is completely elminating any good that can come from the use of plastics (in the long run).

    Plastics *can be recycled.* All you have to do is recycle it. Once we actually start recycling plastics, then we can feel much safer about using them.
  8. Tamee

    Tamee naked

    That would be flippin great.
    good rep point for you. I love you, dude! :)
  9. HoneySuckleBlue

    HoneySuckleBlue Cosmic Artist

    I was looking at dump 'stuff' and it looks like they don't even want stuff to decompose...they just put it into these containment things and then cover it over and sell it to golf course
  10. luvndrumn

    luvndrumn Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    Plastic, as with most tech stuff gone bad, is a great idea. But, as Whispers mentioned, it is us humanals that cause problems. It CAN be produced without wrecking the environment; it just isn't. It can be used and re-used, and re-used, and re-used... without wrecking the environment; it just isn't. Same thing with aluminum cans.
    The great thing about plastic is that it can reformed/reshaped/reprocessed over and over again; it's virtually indestructable.

    The bad thing about plastic is it's virtually indestructable. Oh yeah, forgot to add - and man ABuses it.
  11. liguana

    liguana Member

    what's the difference if it's plastic, wood, glass or metal, they all have their own ecological footprint. The problem is that plastic is misused/abused.
    It is possible to use plastic to the benefit of the environment. Plastic is lighter (thus takes less fossil fuel to transport) and does not have the same breakage concerns as glass (goods in glass jars that breaks constitutes more waste than in plastic jars that don't break, and glass is more likely to break).
    If plastic containers were re-used than plastic would be a good thing.
  12. HoneySuckleBlue

    HoneySuckleBlue Cosmic Artist

    It seems like the geniuses forgot to implement an important part of the plan...

    We are really backwards as far as recycling goes where I live, I guess it's better in the cities though where there is a higher concentration of people and therefore a bigger need?

    Who's in charge of recycling around here?

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