Lately, we hear discussions about our overuse of plastics and the affect they have on our environment. Most of today's plastics make up 50 percent of a vehicle’s volume. Vehicle manufacturers suggest plastic can benefit performance and energy savings (i.e. lower cost for vehicles and parts, fuel efficiency). Much of these plastics can be recycled, but how much is really recycled is a hard statistic to obtain, especially living in our local area. When "being economical", yes it's helpful to not use a straw... but what about the vehicle you decide to purchase? Most modern vehicles have limited warranties and are not long lasting because of the excessive use of plastics. My hope is that instead of worrying about the plastic that we use or purchase. How can we ensure we are properly disposing or recycling the products in our own communities?