Plastic has been existent on earth for a long time now, and it’s been utilized for so many useful and usually unavoidable purposes despite the risks it may bring. A plastic may contain a soft synthetic compound or semi-synthetic compounds which can be shaped into solid items.
There are several things around us which are made of plastic. Every day, we encounter and use them. They are used as food containers and materials storage. One of the most prevalent plastic products is the plastic bottle. It can be seen anywhere, most especially in malls, grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, even inside buses, along the roads and inside our houses. Water and other drinks are contained by plastic bottles. We can most likely find them anywhere since they’re among the basic products a convenience store may be selling. It’s not unknown to us that a plastic bottle can be harmful to the environment, but because of its many benefits, still, it exists. Why? Why are plastic bottles still considered important? What are its cons? And what should we do as we use them?
PLASTIC BOTTLES ARE OUR FRIENDS
1. Plastic bottles are durable.
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They don’t break even if you drop or throw them. You can be at ease even after your plastic water bottle fell from your table down to the floor because it won’t break. If it fell and the cap is closed when it’s not empty, then there’s no problem. There are water bottles made of glass, and it’s not advisable if you’re bringing that kind with you as you commute. You’ll be riding crowded public transportations, and you might drop them due to unexpected happenings. Plastic bottles will just fall but not break.
2. Plastic bottles are convenient.
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Bringing a plastic bottle won’t cause any bothersome moments at all because it doesn’t matter even if it’s placed inside the bag, dropped on the floor or turned upside down. It’s still the plastic bottle you had a while ago. Plastic bottles make substances safe and convenient to manage and handle. Just make sure that the cap is tightly closed to avoid inconvenience. Its properties allow a plastic bottle to resist chemicals and be firm. You can buy them inside convenience stores anytime, and take them with you as you travel.
3. Plastics bottles come in various colours, shapes and sizes.
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Creating them follows a proper moulding process. Because moulding them in different ways and features isn’t so difficult, their look and usefulness are made better. You can notice that aside from the common appearance of plastic bottles, there are new shapes, curves and designs today. You see people’s creative juices out of them. Some plastic bottle makers include handles, unique seals and kick-up base designs. Other than the plain transparent ones, colours make plastic bottles more visually catchy. There are many plastic bottle styles making them more inviting and fun to use. They come in different sizes too so you can freely choose for your specific use.
4. Plastic bottles are generally more hygienic than reusable bottles.
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Because one-time use is what they’re meant for, it’s not necessary for you to wash it every now and then. They should be rinsed thoroughly if you plan to reuse them. Reuse them for a little time only and not for so many.
5. Plastic bottles can be recycled and reused.
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You can create new objects like carpet fibres and tote bags out of plastic bottles. They are commonly reused as plant holders, light decorations and stuff organisers too. You just have to widen your imagination and pour your creativity out because there’s a whole lot more of stuff you can produce out of plastic bottles.
6. Plastic bottles are also energy-savers.
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Because plastic bottles are lighter than other materials used, costs and energy required to produce and deliver them are lessened.
7. Plastic bottles are cheaper than others.
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Metal, glass and wood are pricier. Plastic bottles are widely used because it is produced in large amounts. Because of huge production and high demand too, the cost is low. This bottle can be damaged in a sense that you can squeeze it or smash it before throwing it in the trash bin – meaning, it can be replaced immediately. After buying a plastic bottle, you can buy another one, then another one and so on and so forth. Replacing it is not a problem since there’s many of it.
PLASTIC BOTTLES ARE ALSO OUR ENEMIES
Plastic bottles can absorb flavours and smells of what’s stocked in them.
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Drinks and other liquids with strong taste or smell are prone to getting absorbed by them. Even after cleaning the bottles with soap and water, you will notice that there is a left-over smell. Thorough cleaning is very much needed.
Plastic bottles are wastes.
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They end up in junk piles. Degradation is out of its vocabulary, so they are present in ocean waste sections and junkyards probably forever.
Plastic bottle, like plastic as a whole, is non-biodegradable.
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Instead of decomposing, it is broken down into tiny bits by light, by which soil can be polluted. It cannot be naturally taken back to the soil instead.
As you can see, plastic bottles display so many uses to us, especially in our daily lives. They are a hundred times more accessible, more convenient and cheaper than items made of other components. Plastic bottles, like any other objects, however, have disadvantages too. In all likelihood, imagining life without plastic life would be a bit harder, and adjustments would take a long time. Plastics actually become a necessity since probably more than half of the things we use are made up of them.
So what should we do as we have these plastic bottles which both have pros and cons? We have to use them properly and responsibly. The main problem that we face and we can encounter even more through them is pollution, simply because it’s waste, and it’s non-biodegradable. What we have to do is to not let them be pollutants. We do that by not throwing them where they must not be thrown to. Plastic bottles don’t belong to the seas, to the corners of the streets, to the roads. They must be thrown properly, and a better option would be recycling and reusing them into new and better objects. In that way, you won’t have to scatter them irresponsibly wherever, and you’ll spend your artistic and resourceful time making something more useful through them.
A plastic bottle both has pros and cons. It’s up to us which one between the pros and the cons we want to achieve. And of course, we always want to get the best and not settle for less. We want to gain the benefits of plastic bottles. It’s not easy to avoid using them, so let’s be more mindful when using [and disposing] them. A plastic bottle’s benefit won’t be a total benefit if we ourselves don’t make the most but the worst out of it.
Nicole Ann Pore is a daytime writer for ASP Plastics, a Western Sydney based specialist in Plastic Injection Moulding and Blow Moulding services. She believes that healthy individuals form a healthy community, and a healthy community is more attainable if there is discipline and unity. | Because of the course she took up in college, Nicole has become interested in film critiquing and filmmaking. She is into events hosting and voice over acting and hosting. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts. “To God be all the glory”