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Walk through a plastics factory
Take a photo tour of a factory churning out all the plastic stuff we can't live without.
Wed, Jul 08, 2009 at 9:16 AM
Most of the items rolling off the lines will be bought in a store, used for a few years, and then, if we're lucky, tossed into a landfill, some of it will end up floating around the world's oceans in one of our many plastic garbage patches
. A small percentage of the plastic will be recycled, which will delay its entry into the waste stream by a few decades until the park bench it was downcycled into is replaced and thrown away.
Sorry, it's hard not to get crabby when thinking about plastic. We'd die without it, but we're killing ourselves with it.
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