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Informative Essay “The Problem with Plastic” and “Make a Change: Alternatives to Plastic Straws” talk about the impact of plastic on the environment. Both articles explain the advantages and disadvantages of using plastic. Can you think about some advantages of using plastic? What about some disadvantages of using this material? In “The Problem with Plastic” the author states that plastic was invented in the late 1800s. It was inexpensive to make and use, and this led to a quick increase in its use. In fact, plastic was used to support the war effort during World War II. When the war was over, the factories changed from making “military-related products to products for consumers, like cars, washing machines, and radios – all of which required plastic parts.” On the other hand, many plastic products are often single-use products. For example, some plastic products include “water bottles, plastic bags, straws, and food containers.” However, it is known that “we use more than 20 times the amount of plastic we did 50 years ago.” Another problem is that plastic is not

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