Our Plastic Foot Print
Did you know, every piece of plastic that has ever been made is still somewhere on this planet? How many times a day do you use something made from plastic ? A lot of people use so much plastic products without even knowing the dangers to their health and the environment.
Plastic is Poison to our Health and Environment!
- Plastics harm everything; The environment, people and animals.
- Plastics are not biodegradable, while they may break apart into smaller pieces, then continue to absorb and emit polluting chemicals.
- Wildlife suffers the most from pollution, animals often ingests these plastics and when the outcome isn’t fatal, it continues to affect the entire food chain.
- Single use products are one of the largest contributors to plastic pollution. Use of plastic bags, bottles, and other throw away items fuel this epidemic.
- Recycling plastics help to avoid some of the problems. Recycling alone cannot solve the problem, we continue to look for new solutions to minimize the use of plastics. Recovery and disposal of new plastics needs to be a part of the plan as well.
- Future generations need us to work on our problems with plastic now, for their health and the health of the entire planet, everyone can make a difference and every small step of improvement counts
- We can all do better to reduce plastic pollutions. Take one reusable bag to the store with you and everywhere you go, bring along refillable containers for drinks.
- Plastic bags are not recyclable. Please take care to dispose them in collection bins at your local grocery stores. When they are put in the recycle bins they often float out and they are especially harmful to marine life because in the water they are mistaken for jelly fish.
The Truth About Plastic
Plastic has been around for over 150 years. Recently, there have been some concerns with certain types of plastic being unsafe. Some don’t know about the recycle numbers that are on the bottom of plastic products. These numbers are called Resin Identification Codes and are very important to determine how the product is to be used, recycled and how much harmful chemicals can leach into our food/water.
Learn More About #1 – PET
Take a look at the bottom of your water bottle and you will most likely find a number 1 there. PET is one of the most commonly used plastics in consumer products, and is also found in soda bottles, juice, sports drinks, beer, mouthwash, catsup and salad dressing. It is intended for single use applications; repeated use increases the risk of leaching chemicals and bacterial growth.
Learn More About #2 – HDPE
HDPE plastic is the stiff plastic used to make milk jugs, detergent and oil bottles, toys, and some plastic bags. HDPE is the most commonly recycled plastic and is considered one of the safest forms of plastic. It is a relatively simple and cost-effective process to recycle HDPE plastic for secondary use.
Learn More About #3 – PVC
Plastics of this kind are not good to cook with. Food wraps are the most common thing this plastic is associated with. It’s okay to wrap food with this, but heating it up will release dangerous chemicals into the food.
Learn More About #4 – LDPE
LDPE is often found in shrink wraps, dry cleaner garment bags, squeezable bottles, and the type of plastic bags used to package bread. It is the 2’s opposite. It is safe to have and can be recycled by many curbside programs..
Learn More About #5 – PP
Polypropylene plastic is tough and lightweight, and has excellent heat-resistance qualities. Medicine bottles and syrup bottles are common here. It is thick and not porous, making it a good plastic to have . Egg cartons, meat trays and yogurt cups are make with this plastics.
Learn More About #6 – PS
Polystyrene is an inexpensive, lightweight and one of the most DANGEROUS ,next to plastic 7. When heated, this plastic can melt and cause harmful chemicals to leach into food/drink. It is most often used to make disposable styrofoam drinking cups, take-out “clamshell” food containers, egg cartons, plastic picnic cutlery, foam packaging and those ubiquitous “peanut” foam chips used to fill shipping boxes to protect the contents. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE DANGEROUS WITH HEATING SYROFOAM!
Learn More About #7 – Other
Plastic 7 is the most DANGEROUS of all plastic because BPA leaches into the food/drink.The #7 category was designed as a catch-all for polycarbonate (PC) and “other” plastics. Of primary concern with #7 plastics, however, is the potential for chemical leaching into food or drink products packaged in polycarbonate containers made using BPA (Bisphenol A). BPA is a xenoestrogen, a known endocrine disruptor, and it causes a number of health issues like AUTISUM, CANCER, BRAIN DISORDERS. PLEASE STAY AWEAY FROM RECYCLE NUMBER 7. 5 Galloon water coolers container BPA!
Truth about BPA in Plastic
EVERY single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go?
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