Teen Ink: Paper or Plastic?

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We're constantly being reminded to recycle or go green but it's obvious that the issue of saving the environment has been overlooked by many... for years. This Teen Ink article by Sophia A. from Medford, NJ goes into detail and explains some misconceptions about how plastic bottles, paper or plastic bags, and lazy humans contribute to the environmental crisis that's developing and worsening as we speak.

An estimated 100,000 marine animals perished last year as a result of litter in our oceans. Our demand for convenience and general lack of concern for our world's plight are disturbing and destructive. With space in landfills rapidly diminishing and oceans continually being clogged with endless amounts of garbage, it is obvious we need to do something. Did you know that the problem is so acute off the coast of Africa that an industry exists in which natives harvest plastic bags and weave them into hats and shawls? They collect an average of 30,000 bags a month. The enormous environmental fingerprint left by our natural resource consumption could be significantly reduced if we would simply reuse.

Keep reading this article at TeenInk.com

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