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Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
Plastic Presentation V4
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  • 1. Plastic Bags… The Cost of Convenience Team Beta March 28, 2009
  • 2.
    • History
    Ecological Danger Zone Year 1839 - 1956 1958 1966 1969 1974 1977 1992 1994 1996 2002 2003 -Present Innovations in Plastic Plastic Sandwich Bags Plastic Produce Bags Plastic NYC Sanitation Bags Plastic Retail Bags Plastic Grocery Bags Plastic Bag Recycling First Plastic Bag Tax First Consumer Paid Plastic Bag Tax Plastic Bags Account for 80% of Grocery Bags Future Efforts to End Manufacturing and Use
  • 3.
    • Production
      • Made from low-density polyethylene
        • By-product of petroleum
      • Effects the ecosystem during each phase of production
    Oil Polymer Resins Resin Pellets Plastic Bags Ecosystem Damage
  • 4.
    • Convenient for Us, Hard for Others
  • 5.
    • Worldwide Volume
      • 500 billion plastic bags are consumed each year.
      • Approximately 1 million plastic bags are produced each minute
    • U.S Volume
      • 87.5 billion per year or 166,000 per minute
  • 6.
    • Recycling
      • Less than 1% of the produced plastic bags are recycled
      • It costs more to recycle a plastic bag than it does to produce a new one
    • “ There's harsh economics behind bag recycling: It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32”
    • - Jared Blumenfeld (Director of San Francisco's Department of the Environment)
  • 7.
    • Disposal
      • Landfills
        • Discarded with intent of reaching landfills
        • Estimated 500 Years to break down time
      • Incinerators
        • Introduces pollution directly into the air
  • 8.
    • Decomposition
      • Not Biodegradable, they photo degrade
        • Broken down by the photons in sunlight
    • Dispersal
      • Lightweight, carried by wind gusts
      • Litters:
        • Urban & rural areas
        • National Parks
        • Waterways, Oceans and Beaches
  • 9.
    • Recycling
      • Less than 1% of the produced plastic bags are recycled
      • It costs more to recycle a plastic bag than it does to produce a new one
    • “ There's harsh economics behind bag recycling: It costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold on the commodities market for $32”
    • - Jared Blumenfeld (Director of San Francisco's Department of the Environment)
  • 10.
    • Which One is Dinner?
  • 11.
    • Animal Deaths
      • Estimated 170 species of animal deaths are related to plastic bags
      • Over 100,000 deaths each year
        • Ingestion
        • Suffocation
        • Strangulation
  • 12.
    • This is Not an Optical Illusion
  • 13.
    • North Pacific Gyre
      • Gyre
        • Naturally occurring vortex caused by earth’s rotation
        • Several throughout oceanic system
      • Travel through waterways into oceans via currents
  • 14.
    • Price Points
      • Plastic - 1-4 Cents
      • Paper - 4-5 Cents
      • Compostable – 8-10 Cents
  • 15.
    • Alternatives
      • Reusable
        • Canvas
        • Cotton
      • Beware of Polyester
  • 16.
    • Regulations
      • US
      • World
    • Corporations
      • Actions by retailers
      • Cost benefit
    • Alternatives – Personal Action and Responsibility
      • What you can do
    • History of the Team Process (Depends on what Don comes up with but here are a few ideas)
      • Forming & Storming
      • Norming & Performing
      • Structure & Medium
      • Team Roles and Types
      • Tasks
      • Timeline & Milestones
      • Characteristics of Team Collaboration
      • Internal Review
      • Implementation and Impact
    • http://www.slideshare.net/fletcher3836/the-dangers-of-plastic-bags
  • 17.
    • North Pacific Gyre
      • Gyre
        • Naturally occurring vortex caused by earth’s rotation
        • Several throughout oceanic system
      • Travel through waterways into oceans via currents

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