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chrisman_alexia2025
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SperoXVII
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Should we ban aluminum cans??

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Started: 1/30/2018 Category: Economics
Updated: 3 weeks ago Status: Debating Period
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chrisman_alexia2025

Con

Should we ban aluminum cans?? what do you think??
SperoXVII

Pro

I believe we should ban them and use a more save alternative first ill list the problem with aluminum cans
Toxic BPA
Bisphenol A, commonly referred to as "BPA," is a toxic compound found within some plastics. Aluminum can manufactures line the interior of the cans with a thin coating of plastic to prevent aluminum from leeching into the food. Unfortunately, one side effect of including a plastic lining in aluminum cans is that consumers can be exposed to toxic levels of BPA. According to the Environmental Working Group, BPA exposure in lab animals caused cancer, infertility, miscarriages, polycystic ovarian disease and insulin resistance--ailments the organization hypothesizes also could occur in people.

Potential for Injury
After a person opens an aluminum can, the interior poses an injury because of its sharp edges--a risk not found in other types of food packaging material. The "British Medical Journal" notes that injuries sustained from opening aluminum cans may cause the need for stitches, sterile dressing and antibiotics. This risk affects children, as well as adults.

Pollution
Although aluminum cans are recyclable, the Container Recycling Institute notes that approximately half of all aluminum cans end up in incinerators or landfills--resulting in the need for additional cans made from new materials. Aluminum smelting gives off sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, which can result in both smog and acid rain.
Aluminum can manufacturers must strip-mine bauxite ore to obtain enough alumina to manufacture the cans. Creating 1 ton of aluminum cans leaves behind 5 tons of liquid waste material that can pollute soil and groundwater.

Environmental Conservation Issues
One-third of all aluminum manufacturing plants use coal when they produce aluminum cans. Another 10 percent rely on other fossil fuels, such as oil and natural gas. Fossil fuels, although a common energy source in the manufacturing industry, are limited. Coal, oil and natural gas form from decaying organic matter beneath the earth"s surface over millions of years. Once the earth exhausts its supply of fossil fuels, creating more isn"t an option.

Accessibility
Aluminum cans may preserve food for long periods, but without a can opener, opening some aluminum cans presents a challenge. While opening an aluminum can with a knife is possible, you risk injury when doing so. Other food packaging materials, such as cardboard and plastic, open easily--preventing you from having to make an impromptu trip to the store should your can opener break while preparing a meal.

https://www.livestrong.com...
I believe the safest alternative is the Cartocan. The Cartocan is a carton board alternative to the aluminium cans its eco friendly, easy to open, easy to make, causes no pollution when made.

https://www.packaging-gateway.com...
Debate Round No. 1
chrisman_alexia2025

Con

What if we all made aluminum BPA free cans would that work? would it be such a big deal then??
SperoXVII

Pro

If they made aluminum cans BPA free then they would have to redesign the whole can which is why the Carto can would be the best option, because their not going to redesign the normal can everyone loves. If we informed everyone about the Carto can and spread it to other countries and make it a very popular thing then (in theory) Big soda companies like Coke or Pepsi could redesign their can.
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Posted by hellopuppy4 3 weeks ago
hellopuppy4
hi mrs page
Posted by amypage 3 weeks ago
amypage
What if we made all aluminum BPA free and had a mandatory recycle law? Would aluminum cans be such a big deal then?
Posted by SperoXVII 3 weeks ago
SperoXVII
Please respond .-.
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