Should the cafeteria continue to sell plastic water bottles?

May 29, 2018

Why schools should sell plastic water bottles

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To think that all schools across the country should stop selling plastic water bottles in their cafeterias seems like an arduous task. Of course large amounts of plastic are jeopardizing to our planet, but if students are taught about recycling properly, then we should be allowed to have plastic water bottles in school.

It almost seems impossible to think that one plastic water bottle can be linked directly to pollution. Saying that a plastic water bottle being used by a student is the main culprit for pollution is simply wrong. Is it just the student’s fault, or could it be the way students are taught about recycling? Although the impact of plastic is harmful to the Earth, the main reason why it has such a detrimental effect on us is because of the way we dispose of it. But what if instead, our school system could be put to blame for these environmental issues.

As a freshman in high school, almost all of my classes this year are planted with one blue recycling bin that is not used as often as it should.  If we continue to use plastic items in school, then all we need to do after is throw it in the recycling bin, right? What if I told you the recycling bins in school and the regular trash cans are actually mixed together into one big dumpster at the end of the day. They are not sorted through to make sure some things are being recycled. Well, the plastic at Glen Rock High School is not being recycled, in fact the large blue recycling bins stand tall in our classrooms for no actual reason. So it seems quite hypocritical for Glen Rock schools to ban plastic water bottles, even though they seem like they don’t care about the environment themselves, especially when the proper way to recycle is not taught.

I think that with the right amount of education on recycling, the school system will succeed in their curriculum, and will also succeed in teaching an important life lesson. So, with the help of spreading the word and advocating about recycling, plastic water bottles should still be allowed in school.

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Why the school shouldn’t sell plastic water bottles

Can we make a difference by switching to reusable water bottles? This is one of the many questions people ask, but do not know the answer to.The truth is that plastic is extremely harmful for the environment, as well as humans. In our cafeteria, where hundreds of water bottles are available for purchase, a majority of students can be found drinking from these bottles every day. Unfortunately, we continue to use bottles, while they really harm our bodies and the planet.

I think that the cafeteria should stop selling plastic bottles, and students can bring reusable ones, or drink from the water fountain. Research has found that when you drink from a plastic bottle, you are ingesting microplastic particles, and microplastic contamination is universal. The chemicals are known to alter hormones and cause other health effects. They can affect reproduction and development in animals and humans. People who have high rates of BPA, which is found in food and beverage can linings and polycarbonate bottles can leak into foods and drinks. Also, our environment has really taken a hit these past few years, and plastic pollution isn’t really helping planet Earth improve, in any way.

Also, some students do not recycle the bottles, which is another reason why they shouldn’t be sold. Reusable bottles are better for the long run, and if you think about it, can save you money and help the planet.

The next time you think about going for a nice swim in the ocean, remember this : there is more microplastic in the ocean, than there are stars in the milky way. This is affecting the beautiful marine life in our oceans, which is decreasing by the moment. But wait, there’s more :  If you love seafood and consume it regularly, you are probably eating 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic each year.

Some people say that plastic is harming our environment, but a small change like not allowing plastic bottles to be used in school won’t make a difference. In reality, humans can do little things, like stop using plastic bags, recycle, and stop using plastic bottles. All of these things can make a bigger and more positive impact.

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The next time you use a plastic bottle, remember that you are not only ingesting tiny pieces of plastic, that will give you long term side effects, but it will also do a great amount of harm for our planet Earth.

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