Plastic Waste

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I'm really happy that many countries ban the use of plastic bags.en
Why? They are so convenient.en
They are convenient, but they also create a lot of pollution when they are produced, as well as a lot of trash.en
I don't think a plastic bag or two really matters. They get recycled.en
If everybody uses just a couple of bags a week, then that makes more than a hundred bags a year.en
But so what? As long as they get recycled, then I don't see the problem.en
But they don't always get recycled, and even if they do, it uses a lot of energy. And plastic can't be infinitely recycled like glass.en
I don't know. I haven't really thought about it that way.en
Many people don't. That's why the ban on plastic bags is great. It makes people think.en
You do have a point. I guess I'm just too lazy to bring my cotton bags with me every time I go shopping.en
I just bring a big box. Its much easier to carry my groceries anyways.en
You are like my voice of reason. I'll have to make a bigger effort.en
 
 
 

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Complete the dialog.
 
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I'm really happy that many countries ban the use of plastic .
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  •   Why? They are so 
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Why? They are so .
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  •   They are convenient, but they also create a lot of 
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    when they are produced, as well as a lot of trash.
     
 
 
They are convenient, but they also create a lot of when they are produced, as well as a lot of trash.
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  •   I don't think a 
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    bag or two really matters. They get recycled.
     
 
 
I don't think a bag or two really matters. They get recycled.
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  •   If everybody uses just a couple of bags a week, then that makes more than a hundred bags a 
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If everybody uses just a couple of bags a week, then that makes more than a hundred bags a .
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  •   But so what? As long as they get recycled, then I don't see the 
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But so what? As long as they get recycled, then I don't see the .
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  •   But they don't always get recycled, and even if they do, it uses a lot of 
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But they don't always get recycled, and even if they do, it uses a lot of . And plastic can't be infinitely recycled like glass.
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  •   I don't know. I haven't really 
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    about it that way.
     
 
 
I don't know. I haven't really about it that way.
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  •   Many people don't. That's why the 
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    on plastic bags is great. It makes people think.
     
 
 
Many people don't. That's why the on plastic bags is great. It makes people think.
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  •   You do have a 
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    . I guess I'm just too lazy to bring my cotton bags with me every time I go shopping.
     
 
 
You do have a . I guess I'm just too lazy to bring my cotton bags with me every time I go shopping.
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  •   I just bring a big box. Its much 
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    to carry my groceries anyways.
     
 
 
I just bring a big box. Its much to carry my groceries anyways.
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  •   You are like my voice of 
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You are like my voice of . I'll have to make a bigger effort.
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Practice Listening

Listen to the dialog and choose the matching statement.
 
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    • Plastic is very good for smoothies.en
       
    • Glass and metal straws are alternatives to plastic.en
       
    • Glass and metal are very pretty.en
       
 
 
 
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    • Trying to live with zero waste is so difficult.en
       
    • Living with zero waste takes many weeks.en
       
    • Living with zero waste is not so difficult.en
       
 
 
 
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    • Micro plastic is in many cosmetics.en
       
    • Micro plastic is great for food.en
       
    • Many cosmetics have micro plants in them.en
       
 
 
 
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Speak your answers to the dialog (when it's your turn). Record your answers to the dialog (when it's your turn). Then replay your recording and compare each recorded part to the original.
David
I'm really happy that many countries ban the use of plastic bags.en
You
Why? They are so convenient. en
They are convenient, but they also create a lot of pollution when they are produced, as well as a lot of trash.en
I don't think a plastic bag or two really matters. They get recycled. en
If everybody uses just a couple of bags a week, then that makes more than a hundred bags a year.en
But so what? As long as they get recycled, then I don't see the problem. en
But they don't always get recycled, and even if they do, it uses a lot of energy. And plastic can't be infinitely recycled like glass.en
I don't know. I haven't really thought about it that way. en
Many people don't. That's why the ban on plastic bags is great. It makes people think.en
You do have a point. I guess I'm just too lazy to bring my cotton bags with me every time I go shopping. en
I just bring a big box. Its much easier to carry my groceries anyways.en
You are like my voice of reason. I'll have to make a bigger effort. en
Speak your answers to the dialog (when it's your turn). Record your answers to the dialog (when it's your turn). Then replay your recording and compare each recorded part to the original.
You
I'm really happy that many countries ban the use of plastic bags. en
Ashlee
Why? They are so convenient.en
They are convenient, but they also create a lot of pollution when they are produced, as well as a lot of trash. en
I don't think a plastic bag or two really matters. They get recycled.en
If everybody uses just a couple of bags a week, then that makes more than a hundred bags a year. en
But so what? As long as they get recycled, then I don't see the problem.en
But they don't always get recycled, and even if they do, it uses a lot of energy. And plastic can't be infinitely recycled like glass. en
I don't know. I haven't really thought about it that way.en
Many people don't. That's why the ban on plastic bags is great. It makes people think. en
You do have a point. I guess I'm just too lazy to bring my cotton bags with me every time I go shopping.en
I just bring a big box. Its much easier to carry my groceries anyways. en
You are like my voice of reason. I'll have to make a bigger effort.en
 
 
 
 

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