Student Perspectives: The Need for Cooperation
If plastic bottles were outlawed, manufacturers might be forced to revert to glass, a heavier, more expensive material that always runs the risk of doing this.
Throughout The Case of Plastics I learned many different things about plastic and about the world in general. This project made things about plastics, like recycling and its impact, seem more real and important.
As I researched how society uses plastics, I started to see them in a whole different way. I realized that almost everything we use in today’s world is plastic, and I rarely reuse or recycle any of it. Since this project, I have made my dad recycle anything plastic that is being thrown out. Even though through researching I learned that many recycled plastics are just thrown in a dump somewhere, I have made a small step toward being more careful with what I throw away.
My role in The Case of Plastics was a Coca-Cola representative from the Industry Group. Even though I believe plastics should be recycled and taken care of, this role helped me see that plastics are very important to those who make products out of plastics. Coca-Cola is a prime example. Almost all of their products are made from plastic. If they did not use plastic, they would have to use glass, which would make things more expensive. Though plastics are bad for the environment, they are good for people who are trying to run a business that is dependent on plastic.
There are many ways the issues with plastic can be addressed. I think the government and all the different groups involved with plastics need to come up with an agreeable solution. In reality we will always use plastic, and it is not always going to be recycled. No individual or group can fix things themselves. They all need someone to back them up. If multiple groups came together and worked as a team, we could figure out better ways to take care of plastics.
Aleena Bujanowski is a student at the Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls. She and her classmates were among the very first students to participate in the Case of Plastics.