The Need to Recycle

Maria Vazquez, Web Design Editor

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People nowadays are unaware that the issue of plastic waste is damaging this earth, and the simple steps it takes to avoid this issue from continuing to grow.

But, why is plastic waste such a bad thing?

Plastic is a synthetic (sometimes semi-synthetic) malleable material that is inexpensive and has multiple uses, so it’s obvious that it is so popular among its consumers.

But this useful material, is, unfortunately, non-biodegradable,  which means it won’t be able to decompose. So every time you throw away plastic items, it will build up in mass amounts and the majority of it goes to the ocean and damages it.

According to National Geographic,  “ 8-million metric tons of plastic trash enters the sea from land every year.”

“Because persistent organic pollutants in the marine environment attach to the surface of plastic debris, floating plastics in the oceans have been found to accumulate pollutants and transport them through ocean currents,” according to Clean Water action.

According to the Huffington Post plastic is the number one trash found on the ocean, which means our oceans are a landfill for plastic waste.

Here are ways, although they may be small, can have a big impact on this earth.

Instead of getting a new water bottle every time you have a drink, get a reusable one, where you can easily refill it.  

We can’t always avoid the use of water bottles from here and there, but it doesn’t cost you much to hold onto the bottle and find the closest recycling bin. You can even make a profit out of recycling your empty water bottles. You can earn a $0.05 per bottle you recycle.  It may not seem like much, but once you are able to collect a couple you can earn yourself a small profit, just by collecting the bottles you already use.

Before you go to the store, try bringing your own bags (preferably a canvas one.)

Next time you use plastic, think if it is really necessary. And if it is, please recycle.

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