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Epidemic of Plastic

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (28)

The Key is Education

Leslie Tamminen, director of the Clean Seas Coalition and part of Seventh Generation Advisors, agrees that stopping the epidemic of plastic waste takes more than bans and laws. It takes “wide and sustainable changes in consumer behavior. Data from the over 121 local plastic bag bans has proven that bans are effective at reducing litter and changing consumer attitudes, and have refuted industry’s claims of apocalyptic impacts on jobs and poor communities.

A state plastic bag ban saves taxpayers the huge amount of money spent on litter cleanup, and protects the environment.” But the key, she goes on to say, is education – and organizations like hers and like PPC are focusing on exactly that. There is one more side of the issue that is just as important to Cohen as clean oceans and fiscal responsibility: the risks of plastic toxicity to human health and wellbeing, not to mention that of other living creatures. “Plastic pollution doesn’t just foul landfills, water ways, and ocean currents, the ‘bloodstream’ of our earth. It also contributes to the fouling of our blood streams, and those of animals who ingest it or become entangled in it.”

Article from Plastic Pollution Coalition, article written by Tracy Russo Sept. 30, 2014  

Kids and asthma

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (19)

Connecting the dots between asthma, children and plastic

Excerpt and image from: theguardian.com September 18, 2014 Chemicals in some household plastics lined to child asthma risk

“New research from Columbia University finds children exposed to a substance found in common household plastics are 70% more likely to develop asthma between the agens of 5 and 12.” Findings from Columbia University researcher Robin Whyatt and her team at the Mailman School of Public Health have published findings “linking the children’s respiratory and neurological issues to various environmental toxins, including exposure to phthalates – chemical binders found in many household cleaners, personal care products and food packaging – as well as insecticides and pesticide residues.”

Secret pathways

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Polystyrene pathways probably won’t lead to pristine beaches?

Excerpt from https://journeytotheplasticocean.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/what-will-our-legacy-for-our-children-be/" target="_blank">What will our legacy for our children be? by 1plasticmum

“Mum I found a secret way through the bushes to get to a rocky outcrop? All you have to do is follow the polystyrene path! He said this in such a matter of fact way . . . just follow the polystyrene path. As I scrambled through the buses following Finn on the path that really was mostly made up of decades old broken pieces of foam I tried to recall my secret hideouts as a child. Of course there was some litter . . . there were things that people threw carelessly out of car windows . . . but luckily I grew up just before this massive addition to plastic, especially bottles. So when we found a secret river it was not already littered with detritus that had blown or floated in mass quantities. What will Finn think of when he looks back on his childhood? Will he remember walking on beaches covered with trash? Or will things be so different in the future that a trashed beach will be an oddity?

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