Are carbonated drinks bad for the environment?



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    Yes, to a certain degree. The direct effect is that each twelve ounce can of soda, for example, contains up to .013 pounds of carbon dioxide that will be released into the environment.

    Indirectly, each carbonated drink, as is the case with other drinks, is generally packaged in either a bottle or can. Those bottles and cans are generally able to be recycled, but many are not. Thus, they end up as either litter or garbage in a landfill. The process of recycling those that are offered for recycling uses energy, typically derived from fossil fuels.

    If recycled materials are not used, then virgin materials must be used to form new aluminum cans when a can is being used. It is estimated that the new cans that are made in place of recycled cans generates 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The amount of carbon dioxide that is generated from new plastic bottles is even greater.

     So, in the end, every time you pop open a soda or some other carbonated drink, there will be environmental consequences. The consequences, however, can be reduced by recycling the bottle or can in which it came.

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