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Biodegradable Plastic Bags

First off I’d just like to say that I don’t know why it’s taking so long to manufacture compostable and biodegradable plastic bags…I have received biodegradable bags from time to time but why not all the time…I mean the technology is there for one and the other…with no job losses.

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

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 getting 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).

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

We all really need to make some changes and it’s not all that difficult to do.