Chemistry (12th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0132525763
ISBN 13: 978-0-13252-576-3

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Chemistry - 1.2 Chemistry and You - 1.2 Lesson Check - Page 11: 11

Answer

Yes, the advantages of PLA outweigh the disadvantages because PLA does not create as many greenhouse gasses as regular plastic, and it can be broken down into natural compounds. or No, PLA is not worth the environmental advantages because it melts at low temperatures, so it is not as versatile. Additionally, it is made from corn. It take acres of farm fields to grow the corn needed when we could be using those acres for food. Even though PLA breaks down into natural components, it has to be taken to special facilities and cannot be recycled with other plastics.

Work Step by Step

Yes, the advantages of PLA outweigh the disadvantages because PLA does not create as many greenhouse gasses as regular plastic, and it can be broken down into natural compounds. or No, PLA is not worth the environmental advantages because it melts at low temperatures, so it is not as versatile. Additionally, it is made from corn. It take acres of farm fields to grow the corn needed when we could be using those acres for food. Even though PLA breaks down into natural components, it has to be taken to special facilities and cannot be recycled with other plastics.
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