Polymers: The Six R's

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The Six R's

The six R’s (reduce, refuse, reuse, repair, recycle, and rethink) help to consider plastic's effectiveness as an environmentally friendly material.

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  • We should consider reducing the amount of plastic we use in products.
    • We could make products with less plastic.
    • We could make products with alternative materials.
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  • Reusing polymers is essential to maintain the environment.
    • Reusing polymers also gives products a new lease of life.
  • Single-use plastic is discarded in landfills.
    • Landfills are burned and destroyed.
  • We could have a system where single-use plastic is not sold.
    • Consumers could be encouraged to purchase products that last longer.
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  • Refusing can make a statement that we need to stop manufacturing polymer-based products.
    • For example, single-use plastic products such as pop bottles and vapes.
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  • Thermoforming polymers can be recycled.
    • We need to place plastic items in the correct bins.
  • Companies make their new products from recycled plastic rather than new plastic.
    • For example, packaging companies often use recycled plastic.

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2Paper & Board: Specialist Technical Principles

3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

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