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Less Impact: Plastic Lids
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A) The change which we are going to study is the environmental impact of plastic lids commonly used in fast-food restaurants, and how children affect the choices of an adult when they are deciding whether or not to use these.

B) a. Plastic has a negative environmental impact and the usage of plastic lids in fast food restaurants only exacerbates the problem.  Four percent of the world's oil production goes towards plastic production.  Oil is a non-renewable resource, placing stress on the enviornment.  Additionally, many plastics contain toxic chemicals that are  harmful to both the human body and wildlife.  When plastics are placed in landfills, these chemicals leak into and contaminate groundwater (Knoblauch).  By reducing the use of plastic lids at fast food restaurants, the demand for oil would decrease and the harm inflicted upon the environment would be lessened.
     b. The average American eats at a fast-food restauraunt 4 times a week, using a plastic lid with their drinks (Bogue).
     c. Subway has begun trying to lessen their environmental impact at a store in Florida. They are trying to get their customers to use less plastic and recycle, and this includes the usage of plastic lids (Subway... Impact).

C) Lids used per week x 3,800 students at Santiago = plastic lids not thrown away per week
       4x3,800=15,200 plastic lids per week

      Lids used per week x 152,374 Corona residents = plastic lids not thrown away per week
        4x152,374=609,496 plastic lids per week
    
      Lids used per week x US population = plastic lids not thrown away per week
        4x311,591,917=1,246,367,668 plastic lids per week

D) Problem- To what extent does the presence of children affect a person's decision to use or not to use a plastic lid with their drink at a fast-food restauraunt.

Hypothesis- As children increase, the amount of plastic lids used will also increase.

Materials-
1. Pencil or pen
2. Paper
3. A fast-food restaurant

Methods-
1. Sit in a fast-food restaurant in a booth with a good view of the soda fountain.
2. As people come to fill their drinks, notice if they are with children or not.
3. Designate on the data table whether they used or did not use a plastic lid at this time.

Data-
People With Children  Use Lids  24 
Do Not Use Lids  1
People Without Children  Use Lids  24
 Do Not Use Lids  1

E) 
 


F)    From this study, we can conclude that it makes no difference whether a person is with children or not when they arrive at a soda fountain; they almost all will take a lid either way. Even if those people who chose not to take a lid, both of them opted for a straw. This demonstrates that the vast majority of the South Corona public does not realize or care about the impact their wasteful use of plastic cups and straws has on the earth. That so many people did not choose to abstain from unneccessary plastics is disappointing and indicates that the people of today are not willing to give up minor convienences for the betterment of the environment.
Bibliography:
Bogue, Katie. "Fast Food or Fast Fat." Ucsdnutritionlink. Web. May 2012. http://ucsdnutritionlink.org/articles/archives/fastfood.pdf.

Knoblauch, Jessica A. "The Environmental Toll of Plastics." Environmental Health News. Environmental Health Sciences, 2 July 2009. Web. 31 May 2012. http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/dangers-of-plastic.

"Subway Sandwich Franchise Makes Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact." Subway Sandwich Franchise Makes Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact. Web. 31 May 2012. http://www.practicalenvironmentalist.com/environmentally-friendly-companies/subway-sandwich-franchise-makes-efforts-to-reduce-environmental-impact.htm.
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