Compostables and Biodegradables

First off I’d just like to say that I don’t know why it’s taking so long for people to accept compostable and biodegradable plastic bags...compostable bin liners, coffee pods and coffee cups. I have received biodegradable bags, coffee pods and cups from time to time but why not all the time…

I also think it’s possible to return to the past a little and wrap school lunches in grease proof paper and place in a paper bag…or these cute little ones from Amazon

Stainless Steel Containers

of course children won’t eat soggy, squashed lunches, so in that case a stainless steel container could be used so that their sandwiches or whatever lunch they take stay fresh and in one piece.

Plastic may be convenient and one of the greatest discoveries of the twentieth century, but it is devastating natural environments.

One study by US academicians says that we have produced more than eight billion tonnes of plastic in the last seven decades and most of that have ended up in landfills or in the seas.

Plastic takes thousands of years to disintegrate

The discarded plastic will take thousands of years to disintegrate and the study said that the plastic waste in our water bodies and soil are a “near permanent contamination of the natural environment”.

The plastic does not remain there. As it breaks up, it creates microplastics – pieces that are smaller than five mm in size. It is killing marine life and choking land animals, but the microplastic is also filtering into our drinking water.

A study by Orb Media, a non-profit and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, says that microscopic plastic fibres are found in taps, from United States to India. More than 80 percent of the tap water samples the researchers collected from five continents had plastic.

Our clothes are woven from artificial yarn.

The fibres come not just from the plastic waste that is breaking down in the water bodies but also released in the effluents from washing machines used to wash clothes woven from artificial yarn. The impact of these contaminants on health is not known.

One of the principal examples of contaminants of emerging concern which are being discovered in freshwaters throughout Europe are endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs)…Dr. Vikki Petersen warns…

EDCs are substances that may interfere with the endocrine system and are found in a wide range of products used in everyday life. Recently, there has been growing interest among the scientific community in testing and learning the potential risk ECDs may pose to freshwater ecosystems.

The most highly produced synthetic chemicals in the world with endocrine-disrupting effects are bisphenol A (BPA) used in the production of polycarbonate plastics or epoxy resins, and benzotriazole (BTA) used as a corrosion inhibitor.

We have got to protect all life on this planet

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We have got to protect all life on this planet including plant and animals as well as us humans, otherwise our health issues are going to increase even more…you can see a range of glass baby bottles here.

take a look at what Dr. Vikki Petersen has to tell us about plastic and our health…

Dr.Vikki Petersen DC,CCN,CFMP and many other medical doctors and scientists can’t be wrong!

Living Healthy in a Toxic World 

I know I’m repeating myself here but I really feel it’s so important for us all to take heed of what’s happening to our world and the impact on our young. We all really need to make some changes and it’s not all that difficult to do. Hopefully it’s not too late if we replace plastics with other healthier containers and for starters if we…

stop drinking water from plastic bottles, use glass containers, also there are some very nice alternatives to plastic plates, bowls and cutlery, such as Bamboo…

the experts tell us that tap water is healthier, but from a glass bottle…we can use glass feeding bottles for babies…and cloth nappies instead of disposable ones, another big cause of pollution, especially when flushed down the toilet.

“War on Garbage” in Japan

Japan passed a law in 1995 for the Collection, Sorting and Packaging Containers to drive all municipalities to collect  recyclable resources. Long before the era of mass production, for example in the Edo Period (1603-1868) the Japanese were very good at recycling much of their garbage…in fact in 1900 the government made a Waste Disposal Law, after which Tokyo’s first garbage incinerator was set up in Osaki in 1924.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Then in the year 2,000 the Clean Authority of Tokyo 23 (CAT23), which was established by Tokyo’s 23 central wards. Around 1973 Tokyo Gov. Ryokichi Minobe declared a “war on garbage” and so began the landfill construction of the Central Breakwater to relieve the enormous waste caused by the high economic growth of the postwar era. The Japanese have been filling in the sea with trash since the 1920s and now have 3 large dumps…a most  elaborately engineered process turns garbage into land and Tokyo manages to stay remarkably clean despite it’s huge population. The air is breathable due in large part to how the city handles and burns its garbage.

They now manage a sophisticated and structured system like no other country. All households are expected to sort and separate their garbage and although most households everywhere now do the same, the Japanese have it down to a fine art including offices, supermarkets, train stations and other facilities throughout the capital.

The ‘3R’ Strategy?

I wonder and worry about the safety of burying all this plastic garbage etc. at sea, and particularly because recycling is a massive industry in Tokyo…

plastic, most definitely being a significant source of ocean pollution. “In a recent study of remote, uninhabited Henderson Island in the South Pacific, researchers from Britain and Australia found that Japan and China were leading countries of origin for the 17 tons of plastic waste that has floated there”.

Amazingly, the use of plastic grocery bags, disposable chopsticks and food packaged in layers of plastic, such as plastic packages of individually wrapped cookies, remain the norm in Tokyo and the rest of Japan. Some 60 percent of Japan’s household waste by volume is made up of food packaging and other plastic containers.

While the 3 Rs sounds reasonable and sensible, it defies understanding that the Japanese don’t seem in the least concerned about any reduction in the manufacturing of plastic and it’s cousin PET…and don’t get me started on that one!