soapbox2010 - Reuse ? Recycle Do not reuse water bottles...

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"Companies who market bottled water as being safer than tap water are defrauding the American public." U.S. FDA More than 1 billion water bottles are ending up in the trash every year in California (3 million/day) where they fill landfill space or increase air pollution that exacerbates global warming. Buried water bottles can take centuries to biodegrade. Incinerating them produces toxic chemicals. Manufacturing them in the USA uses >17 billion barrels of oil per year. (California Dept. of Conservation 2003, NRDC 1999) Although they are easily recycled into other products, less than 1 in 5 water bottles ends up recycled in California! Reduce
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Unformatted text preview: Reuse ? Recycle Do not reuse water bottles made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) because of possible bacterial contamination. Buy a reusable water bottle, but be wary. Avoid polycarbonate plastic bottles due to possible leaching of BPA (bisphenol A) that has been found to mimic estrogen. Usually labeled #7 on the bottom 7 Instead, use stainless steel or glass. If you must use plastic, look for : A lot of plastic ends up in the oceans. 6 pounds of plastic for every 1 lb. zooplankton ! Many invertebrates and vertebrates eat these plastics, including the Laysan Albatross. Reduce Reuse Recycle...
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2010 for the course GE CLST 70B taught by Professor Morris,m.r./friscia,a.r./moldwin,m.b./vanvalkenburgh,b during the Winter '10 term at UCLA.

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