Is The Overuse Of Plastic Affecting Lives?

  1. I personally believe way too much plastic is being used. For example, Most stores place our goods in plastic bags where just a few short years ago, they placed our goods in paper bags. Those paper bags could either be recycled or if the person chose not to recycle, they could be discarded and they eventually could deteriorate and go back into the soil, or they could be incinerated.

    Even some car parts are made out of plastic where several years ago, they were made out of steel. Plus, these newer cars with parts made out of plastic cost thousands of dollars more, and the poorer people are forced to purchase used cars or use a different type of transportation if it is available in the area where they reside.
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  3. by   toomuchbaloney
    I pulled a plastic grocery bag out of a tree in the woods next to a wild Alaska River yesterday more than an hour away from the store that gave it away, far into the wilderness, miles from the nearest dirt road. Moose hunters sometimes are careless with their trash.
  4. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    I pulled a plastic grocery bag out of a tree in the woods next to a wild Alaska River yesterday more than an hour away from the store that gave it away, far into the wilderness, miles from the nearest dirt road. Moose hunters sometimes are careless with their trash.
    TRUE.
  5. by   elkpark
    When you say "lives," do you mean only humans, or any lives? Overuse of plastic is having significant negative effects on wildlife in many parts of the globe.
  6. by   BCgradnurse
    Yes, I think plastic is overused. We have become a society fond of disposables, and our environment is harmed by it. I walk on beautiful beaches where I live and pick up plastic. Plastic harms a lot of marine wildlife.

    I prefer to use re-usable grocery bags, and avoid paper plates and plastic utensils. It's not an inconvenience to wash dishes.
  7. by   nursej22
    I use reusable bags as well, or sometimes none at all. As far as plastic in cars, they do decrease the weight and thus improve miles per gallon. The cost of cars has been driven up by inclusion of technology like computers, safety features like seat belts, air bags and rear view cameras.

    I think plastic has its place, but I think it is over-used. I just don't understand why people purchase so many individual bottles of water! I do not purchase disposable plates or utensils. And I purchase garbage bags made of corn that is biodegradable .
  8. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from elkpark
    When you say "lives," do you mean only humans, or any lives? Overuse of plastic is having significant negative effects on wildlife in many parts of the globe.
    I mean all forms of life.
  9. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    What has worried and plagued me for years are those humongous conglomerations of plastic waste floating in the oceans. "As big a the state of Texas". Really? Would love to be able to get them OUT of the ocean.
    BUT...
    Can't burn 'em, d/t causing a massive increase in our already dangerous level of air pollution. Can't break 'em apart, nowhere to and no way to 'properly dispose' of it all. Maybe the citizens of the world could each be drafted into a year in a service which solely works at eliminating what is already too late to handle. Such a monstrous problem, not reasonably conquerable. But, doesn't the longest journey start with the first step? Saying "tsk-tsk-tsk" does nothing. Eliminating the current overuse of plastics will help, but what about what has already been created by currents and winds?

    I once lived in a second story apartment, and had to watch a plastic grocery bag which was hung up on a very high tree branch, a short distance from my window. But too far away and too high to be able to get it out of the tree. It took 15 months for it to get loose and go elsewhere...possibly to another tree or down the storm drain...
  10. by   amoLucia
    Am just reading this late ---

    My sisters had just bought a new house together. There was terrible plumbing drainage throughout the house so eventually they had to get a plumbing service in to do some major drainage pipe work.

    A big piece of a black trash bag was occluding the piping out to the curb. Now how did a big black trash bag get into a sink and then go down the drain WITHOUT someone catching it???

    Once the drain was cleared, all was well.

    My sisters keep it taped to their refrigerator as a conversation piece.
  11. by   Accolay
    Plastics are totally overused and affecting lives around the world right now. Chances are that if you're eating any seafood, you're having a little plastic with that. But we ask for it: It's convenient. There is absolutely no reason why any of our package waste shouldn't be easily recylable or compostable. And the only way to reduce the use of plastics in this way is with regluation. And that will be painted by the plastics industry as the Big Government Nanny State telling everyone what to do and infringing on our God Given Rights and Freedom® to do whatever we want and pollute as we please.

    So it's hopeless until people actually see it as a problem. I have very little faith in humans, so I don't think it will happen until people are dying en masse, and by then, it will be too late. But don't worry, we'll be dead by then. Before you die, don't forget to apologize to your children and grandchildren since we couldn't be bothered to have our precious freedoms infringed upon to clean up our own garbage.
  12. by   amoLucia
    Somewhere along these lines, what's this thing about 3D xeroxing/imaging that can make plastic guns that make it past metal detectors? Or have I been watching too much TV?
  13. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Accolay
    I have very little faith in humans, so I don't think it will happen until people are dying en masse, and by then, it will be too late. But don't worry, we'll be dead by then. Before you die, don't forget to apologize to your children and grandchildren since we couldn't be bothered to have our precious freedoms infringed upon to clean up our own garbage.
    Very true, and I'd rather rely on God to inspire someone to develop a method to get rid of this problem. I know He can do that.
  14. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Quote from amoLucia
    Somewhere along these lines, what's this thing about 3D xeroxing/imaging that can make plastic guns that make it past metal detectors? Or have I been watching too much TV?
    No, amoLu, you're right about the guns. But they can make and have made functioning artificial hands for kids with birth defects, too. Maybe we should harvest the ocean's collection of plastic and recycle it for something like that.
    The 3-D plastic guns, though? I don't know what can be done about that. Wish I did.

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