Plastics: Reduce Use or Recycle?

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From contact lenses to medical tubing to single-use disposable yogurt containers, plastics are ubiquitous in our daily lives. But how wisely are we using these durable, versatile materials produced from fossil fuels - a nonrenewable resource? In this activity, students examine different kinds of plastics and investigate what happens after plastic objects are thrown in the recycling bin. They are also challenged to think about whether some of the ways we use plastics are better than others.

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