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I'll tell you what me scares me is plastic. Plastic bags and plastic bottles and these things. Why does my water have to be in a bloody plastic bottle? The landfill and the ocean. And I don't know, I'm just terrified with the proliferation of plastic.
'plastic for dinner (video) https://youtu.be/Ltw0x_S4Ok8
I am with Helen Mirren, our addiction to plastic terrifies me!!!
Eliminate the uses of plastic as much as possible - the more that is learned about the effects of plastic on our bodies and our planet, the more horrific the situation is.
I honestly don't know where to start to talk about how bad plastic is for us ...
- Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body—93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (a plastic chemical).
- Some of these compounds found in plastic have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects.
- Buy food in glass or metal containers; avoid polycarbonate drinking bottles with Bisphenol A
- Store food in metal or glass containers, reuse glass jars for leftovers. They also make great carriers for lunch ...
- Avoid heating food in plastic containers, or storing fatty foods in plastic containers or plastic wrap.
- Use natural fiber clothing, bedding and furniture
- When possible, shop in bulk, this lessens plastic packaging
- Skip the disposable razor
Most plastics contain some type of harmful chemical, but plastic bags are one of the worst offenders. Not only do we collectively use and discard over 1 TRILLION plastic bags each year, these bags take 1000 years to full degrade, releasing chemicals the entire time. On top of that, plastic bags are the second most common ocean waste (after cigarette butts) and they harm thousands of species of ocean wildlife each year (with an estimated 40,000+ pieces of plastic floating in each square mile of the ocean!).
The growing consumption of bottled water raises questions about the product’s economic and environmental costs. Among the most significant concerns are the resources required to produce the plastic bottles and to deliver filled bottles to consumers, including both energy and water.
- Bottled Water is not necessarily healthier
- Bottle water is FDA-regulated as a food product whereas tap water is EPA-regulated.
- FDA regulations are not necessarily stricter (e.g. FDA does not require testing for coliform bacteria; requires listing of additives but not contaminants).
- 1⁄4 of bottled water is reprocessed tap water (e.g. Aquafina & Dasani).
- National Resource Defense Council 1999 and Consumer Reports 2000 studies both concluded that bottled water is not necessarily safer.
- There have been 11 major bottled water recalls since 1990 for chemical contamination and high fecal coliform counts.(69)
click on links below for more information and insight about plastic.
www.5gyres.org : MORE OCEAN, LESS PLASTIC:
The 5 Gyres Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure.
and to emphasize Helen Mirren's point, watch this short video from ATTN: about our 'addiction' to plastic. Below is the link to twitter
It's time to rethink our addiction to plastic: https://twitter.com/attn/status/746388843536879617
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