Plastic Water Bottles : A World Without Plastic

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Plastic Water Bottles A world without plastic; could you even imagine that? Plastics have been around for longer than many would have ever imagined. Humans have been using naturally derived plastics since the medieval ages. The first synthetic plastic was created in the early 1900s by Leo Baekland when he invented bakelite, which was used to replace shellac as electrical insulation. “This invention led to the birth of the modern plastic era, which led to modern society’s dependency on plastic.” We have plastic coffee cups, K cups, grocery bags, sandwich bags, utensils, water bottles, clothing, shoes, and even furniture. It’s involved in our everyday lives. The United States alone produces approximately 115 billion pounds of new plastic annually. Plastic has an advantage, it is inexpensive and could last forever. There is no organism that can consume and digest this material. Which is why this product is also a disadvantage. Instead of decomposing like all other material in nature, it just sits there accumulating taking thousands of years to deteriorate. We have enjoyed the convenience of plastics disposability, but the problem is it doesn’t just disappear once you put it in the trash can. This synthetic material is blown into the wilderness. It is dropped into the deep sea migrating through the rolling waves, until they all accumulate into what is known as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Marine life consumes the tiny pieces of plastic, and becomes entangled in
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