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News report about what happens to plastics being sent for re-cycling in Northern Ireland. Some of them end up being used to make garments. Empty plastic milk cartons are taken from their recycling collection point on a twelve thousand mile journey to Hong Kong. From there, the plastic is sent on to China, transformed into fibre, and returned to the UK in the form of various types of clothing.
BBC Newsline
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BBC Newsline, Newsline 6.30
First broadcast:
11 March 2005

Classroom Ideas

Can be used to engage the pupils in a debate regarding the extent to which this method of recycling is actually sustainable. Pupils must assess whether the final outcome for the plastic balances out the carbon footprint created by the length of the journey that the plastic has been on.

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