We Need Better Options Than Plastic

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Folk singer, Pete Seeger, got it right, “If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.”

I certainly hope that after spending millions of dollars to clean up the air and water in Chattanooga we don’t end up with a plastic factory. Don’t be fooled by those who want you to mindlessly over-consume. Depending on the item, it can be wasteful to use something briefly, then spend money and energy to break it down to turn it into something different.

Read about the chemical composition of the plastics being collected in your recycling program.  Are there environmental and health hazards in the chemical production of those plastics? What are workers being exposed to?

Instead of demanding more plastic recycling let’s come up with better options. How wonderful it would be to see new, environmentally safe, local businesses that replace some plastics, and support all those Rs, like repair, rebuild, refurbish, refinish, and resell.

Convenience is wonderful, until it becomes a cancer. Maybe it’s time to rethink some of our consumer habits. Who benefits from over-consumption?

Louise Mann


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Opinion

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If you liked the chaos of the pandemic election, you’re going to love the left’s new effort to complicate voting in America. Despite its innocuous name, the For the People Act, known in the Senate as “S.1,” is a harbinger of anything but productive election reform. It is a federal takeover of the electoral process. Rather than addressing Americans’ genuine concerns about never-ending ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Promise: ‘It Works’

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Breaking News

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Tim Kelly was far ahead in the Chattanooga mayor's runoff election after early vote totals and the first 20 precincts were released. He quickly declared himself the winner, and he finished ahead by over 5,000 votes. He won 15,966 to 10,661. Among early voters, it was Kelly 8,623 to 4,988 for Kim White, former president of the River City Company who was vying to be the city's ... (click for more)

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The Baptiste Group says it will serve migrant children it is bringing to a former Tennessee Temple dorm, and they will not be going to public schools. The group, in paperwork filed with the state, says up to 100 children will be at the site in Highland Park. The Baptiste Group said it entered a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for refugee resettlement. ... (click for more)

Sports

Counterattacking CFC Pummels LA Force

Where did Tate Robertson go? The Los Angeles Force’s defender must have wondered that as the CFC winger made magic on Finley Stadium's artificial turf. Robertson dashed down the right sideline, and then began to retreat when his defender caught up. But like former Hawk Steve Smith back in the day, Robertson suddenly deked back to the touchline after selling the retreat. He ... (click for more)

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For the next two weeks, Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium will be the center of the NISA universe as nine teams duke it out for the top spot in the Legends’ Cup. Unlike last year’s Independent Cup, which was treated more like an extended scrimmage by CFC, coach Peter Fuller said CFC’s players are ready for a win after a tough preseason. The Chattanooga Football Club played USL sides ... (click for more)