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Plastic in our lives By: Monica


Plastic becomes more and more present as time passes and although everybody uses it, few know how what to do with the plastic they no longer need. So in this article I chose to speak a little bit about plastic, giving you some useful information about it in case you are not already familiar with this topic, as well as showing you how my imagination plays with the plastic. But let’s leave the best for the end, and start with the general information about PETs. PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate, a plastic resin and a form of polyester. This is the type of plastic labeled with the #1 code on or near the bottom of bottles and containers. It is commonly used to package soft drinks, water, juice, peanut butter, bakery goods, frozen foods, salad dressings and oil, cosmetics and household cleaners and many other products. Due to their rigidity and because they are easy to be used, after 1990, PET wrapper was used more often (more than other materials). This is one of the reasons why they became one of the major threats for our environment – people throw them everywhere in the nature. The majority of people do not think before doing this… but why? It is so easy, and we have all the information we need to find out that PET can be recycled and reused not only by specialized companies, but also by ourselves. Maybe you need to be a creative person to use PETs in your own way, but if not, there is always another option: throw them to dedicated recycling bins.


Did you know that… • Plastic can remain in nature for hundreds of years before disintegration. • By recycling a tone of plastic you can obtain 1,8 tones of oil. • A single recycled PET bottle saves the energy that needs to be used for a light bulb to function around 6 hours. (http://www.ecoforce.co.uk) And now let me share with you some interesting facts related to this topic.


Freecycle - a new method to recycle This is a network that permits the exchange of goods/materials that are no longer at owner use; for example if you have an old PC monitor, which works but you just don’t need it anymore, you can post the announcement after you become o member of the network and maybe somebody will need it. If you want to find out more about this network and what it’s offering you can access this link (www.omuletiiverzi.ro/ category/reciclare). Pepsi and Coca Cola recycles Coca Cola recycled together with EMECO furniture provider - they made up some chairs formed by 111 PET bottles. These ones are sold to McDonalds who uses them in order to replace some of their old chairs. Pepsi chose as target the Philippines youth by using PET as secondary material for building schools. For more details about these two projects please access this link (www.omuletiiverzi. ro/category/reciclare). How to obtain 1 liter of oil from 1 kilo of plastic waste A Japanese engineer has built a small machine which can transform plastic in oil, and he is promoting his invention in schools for teaching the children that plastic residuals must be collected and recycled. For a proof, please watch the movie on this link (www.omuletiiverzi.ro/category/reciclare).


First PET recycling machines in Romania in Auchan and Mega Image Supermarkets Auchan Supermarket from Pitesti holds the first PET recycling machine which allows people to recycle and get in exchange some money. The same type of machine is also available in Bucharest, in Mega Image Supermarket – Titulescu area. Both supermarkets made this happen in collaboration with Greentech. Personally, I really enjoy and find very relaxing the moments when I create handmade objects, having plastic or PET as main material, to be placed in my home. This activity recharges my batteries and also makes me feel better knowing that at least a few plastic wastes are transformed in something beautiful and useful.

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Plastic in our lives  

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