Plastic raining from the sky

plastic landfillMy, oh my! Plastic is raining from the sky!

Maybe not literally, but you get the point…right?

Plastic has invaded every facet of our lives. We store our food and water in plastic containers, they are the nifty connectors of beer and coke cans, they’ve been woven into our clothes, they hold our bottles of soap, they’re in women’s personal care products, they hang our clothes, we “accidently” walk out of Wal-Mart with 10 extra bags for home use…whoops! Maybe that last part is just me. Anyway, plastic is everywhere, and it doesn’t take an expert to see that.

So what’s the problem?

Plastic, as it is today, is harmful to both the environment and human health.

The first part has been talked about and discussed by many humanitarian groups. They clog up waterways and aquifers, animals accidentally eat them, which can have long lasting ecology affects.

Here is a VERY short list from Scientific Americanand they do a very good write up of the effects of plastics:

• Chemicals added to plastics are absorbed by human bodies. Some of these compounds have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects.

• Plastic debris, laced with chemicals and often ingested by marine animals, can injure or poison wildlife.

• Floating plastic waste, which can survive for thousands of years in water, serves as mini transportation devices for invasive species, disrupting habitats.

• Plastic buried deep in landfills can leach harmful chemicals that spread into groundwater.

In addition:

  • Affects reproduction
  • Increased risk of diabetes and heart disease
  • Creates biological affects in a range of species
  • Certain chemicals in plastic can mix in with food and water

Now, imagine all the plastic containers and bottles in your fridge and pantry right now…

Now, imagine your laundry basket, the car you drive, the couch you sit on, your cell phone and headphones, your wall and insulation, medical devices…

Plastic is everywhere!!!

Solutions?

A few suggestions that I’ve collected

  1. Stop drinking from water bottles.

This is tough, but trust me. That water is carrying a ton of chemicals. With cooling and heating continuously, who knows how much has seeped into that water.

  • Instead, Get Glass!

2.   Reusable shopping bags.

You can do it! Lots of places have them, or just make your own. Just make sure it doesn’t look like a purse or else they might suspect you of stealing.

3.  Use ceramic or metal pots and pans for cooking (non-stick pans are FILLED with dangerous chemicals!)

Of course, there are more things you can do, but these should at least get you started on the right track.

Hope you have an umbrella! It’s pouring out there.

Here’s a talk hosted by the University of Michigan School of Public Health on plastics and how BPA (a chemical found in plastics) effects our bodies.

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