To avoid deforestation and plastic littering in oceans ,we'll have to stop making objects from wood & plastic in the future. But ...?
Then what will we make objects like paper, toothpicks, pencils etc from?
- cosmoLv 72 months ago
There is absolutely nothing wrong with making stuff out of wood. Trees can be farmed and wood is biodegradable.
Most of the plastic in the oceans comes from countries without effective garbage collection. Plastics can be made more biodegradable and we can and should be more careful about releasing plastics into the environment.
- Obi Wan KnievelLv 72 months ago
Deforestation hasn't been a thing since the 90's, and even then it was gasping on life support. That was part of the global cooling panic (I was there, I remember) and has since been replaced.
As for the oceans being polluted, who is we? Out of the world's ten most polluted rivers, dumping tons of garbage into the oceans, 8 are in Asia and 2 are in Africa.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Ood isn't littering the ocean
- FLv 62 months ago
Maybe if we did recycling properly ourselves rather than just shipping it to China for them to tip it into the ocean, we could make new plastic and paper products without serious harming the environment .
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- artherLv 52 months ago
maybe if we made less useless trinkets for a start. How much useless plastic has been made that ends up in landfill 5 minutes after its brought home? Heaps of stupid useless supermarket and restaurant promotion crap that serves no useful purpose.
- JORGE NLv 72 months ago
We are consuming it all pretty fast. With more and more of us each day, sooner or later we have to find another way to satisfy our demands. Slowing us all down to a crawl like what just happened is one way to let nature repair itself. We know that much. Is there another way?
- οικοςLv 72 months ago
I challenge your assumption. Deforestation is no problem when the wood is gathered from a managed forest, which should be renewable. What CAN be a problem is a massive monoculture, which has a bad effect on wildlife. Even this can be countered by requirement of more than one species of tree in a managed tree plantation. Most uses of paper require a mix, anyway.
Plastic is a different problem. Here we could encourage recycling by limiting the use of free T-shirt bags and encouraging the use of plastic lumber, which can use any of the seven categories of plastic, not just PETE (#1) and HDPE (#2).
- kswck2Lv 72 months ago
Wood is a 100% renewable resource. Plastic however is not. And even if you ban plastic bottles, it is not going to go away. What do you think covers meats in grocery stores? Plastic containers, plastic wrap, etc. It is not going to go away completely.
- 2 months ago
We can make biodegradable plastics. Most of the things we think of as plastic (like food wrappers and such) are really just cellophane which is made of cellulose. And quite honestly, making plastic out of petroleum is about the best thing we can do with petroleum, because at least it has a permanent use and isn't just being burned.
Not making things out of wood is ridiculous as well. Wood is renewable, and we're getting better at replanting. Pine is a great wood for harvesting. If you have a large enough tract, you can break it into 50 lots and harvest one lot per year, replant, then repeat with another lot the following year. Most deforestation that happens today has nothing to do with a demand for lumber, but rather a demand for arable land (typically for crops or grazing), or for expansion of an urban area. Give up steaks before you give up woodworking and you'll see deforestation slow.
- CABLv 72 months ago
Wood and paper products aren't the main cause of deforestation.
Urban sprawl and slash and burn agriculture are.