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The Life of a Plastic Water Bottle

By Peter S. Green - 2012-10-02T21:18:26Z

Photograph by Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

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Walls of recycled plastic bottles line this pavilion at a 2010 flower show in Taipei. Plastic bottles trap heat, which makes them useful for building inexpensive greenhouses.

"Water would seem to be the ultimate environmentally friendly product," said Daniella Dimitrova Russo, founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. "It's a case of doing something good, packaged in something toxic."

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