from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Plastic is a relatively new material in our environment, but many kinds of plastic don’t decompose — so it sticks around for a long, long time. But it’s so useful — and who wants to drag around metal or glass bottles? (Ahem, even if you did, many glass/metal bottles are lined with plastic anyway.) We could do a better job of recycling plastic and making sure plastic doesn’t end up in the ocean, but we’ll probably never get rid of plastic unless we run out of oil.
- Making plastic without chemicals that have estrogenic activity can be done, but some chemical companies are still fighting to make their competitor’s products look bad. The dose makes the poison, and what you don’t realize is that iocane powder is present in all plastic water bottles. [url]
- An estimated 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste entered the ocean in 2010. This estimate is also probably a bit low because it only counts the plastic that is buoyant in seawater. [url]
- The FDA says BPA from polycarbonate plastic in beverage containers and food packaging is safe. Go ahead and avoid plastic if you want to, but there are probably worse things in your food. [url]
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