Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Protecting our precious assets

By: Kate Pellow
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Cayman’s environment, especially its oceans, is one of its greatest assets. Yet our everyday lives can have a major impact on this asset.

When it comes to the environment, plastic is a huge pollutant. The problems with plastic arise mainly from our slovenly approach to putting it in the bin and making sure it is recycled once it is no longer needed.

Plastic is cheap to produce, flexible, durable, waterproof, easy to manufacture and it has been used increasingly since the 1950s. Plastic has replaced many traditional resources such as glass, wood and steel and it is used in pretty much everything we come into contact with. Scientists are developing newer, safer plastics and alternatives, such as biodegradable plastics, but certainly not quickly enough to curb the plastic issues facing the full story.

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