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BPA, plastics, this worries me. Not ranting! just worried

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Magdelan

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I am cleaning my house this morning.  Found a drink bottle and thought I'd check the number on the bottom to see if it was BPA free.  Here is an easy to read web page that talks a little about what plastics are considered safe for our bodies.  

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I know there is a sea of plastic in the ocean that no one likes to think about, someone told me about it a long time ago and I just filed it away in my mind somewhere.  For some reason I'm bugged by it today.   I did a search for pictures of plastic in the ocean, it is sort of ugly ugly

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This plastic is so prevalent in our environment now, it is in small parts in the sand on many beaches and now days it is difficult to find drinking water that is really clear of so many things so one might throw ones hands up and say what is the point, easy to think it doesn't matter if you live far inland and away from the sea.  Not moralising, just bothered, does anyone else feel bothered by this?   I recycle everything I possibly can so they don't find themselves making more plastic than necessary, I don't use cling film (not sure what to do with the huge roll someone just gave me but can't bring myself to throw it away  -  it is probably useful for things that don't make it release its nasties when it gets heated  -  very dangerous to heat it in the microwave over food) . . . bla bla bla.  I have two teenage boys and a husband, I love the guys in my life, and feel for the guys in the world.  Some plastics put more oestrogens in to our bodies and if you are a guy then that is not necessarily wanted, on the most superficial level it makes your body more feminine (estrogen is the female hormone and men need a little but not much) but the bigger problem is that it affects fertility in men and that is a problem which we as a race don't need either.  If you don't know already, the endocrine system relates to the natural production of hormones in the body (many glands do this job  -  thyroid, hypothalamus, pituitary . . . testicles, ovaries . . . ).  The link above talks about number 3,6 and 7 plastics as problematic for the endocrine system.  Hormones are really just message carriers in the body  -  make more fat here, work harder there, make muscle there . . . .  

This link talks about high estrogen in men
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I know it seems an isolated and very small thing to fixate on (I do this sometimes, got to take some deep breaths and relax, zoom out from the window sort of thing, cause my nose is pressed up so hard against the glass that I can see the shape of it with one eye closed!) but it will have implications for our kids and their kids etc. etc.   Next to Fukishima it pales, and next to ones loved ones dying it is just not in the same picture but it sure as heck (expletive edited) bothers me.  I know it is not related to chickens or animals or stuff like that but I just wanted to talk about it somewhere, wonder if others have worried about this too.

Schipperkesue

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I do my best to avoid buying the plastic water jugs/bottles and when I do I recycle religiously. I do have my own stainless bottles that I fill at home.

auntieevil

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This is one of my pet peeves. When whales are ingesting 5 times the plastic they are plankton, something is very wrong. Then again, they are drinking all sorts of pesticides, insecticides, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and other noxious blends we dump on the land, in the water and pour into the air.... We are too, of course.
I am a harpy. I bag about bags when in checkout lines, and will carry the stuff out in the cart, and bag it at the house or in the car, rather than take another piece of plastic. At every opportunity I talk to people about this. Even if one person listens -hurray!
It is frustrating to open things with so much plastic covering them. We try not to buy it, but it truly is a monumental task. Plastic is used in everything.
The only thing that keeps me semi-sane is knowing we are slowly killing ourselves off, and the planet will recover, and likely the insects will take over.

karona

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One of my pet peeves also!!!!
Only our wonderful city does not offer plastic recyling
except milk jugs. Wow so enviormental.
My wood shed is currently filled with sorry (garbage bags)
full of plastic but no were to take it.
And everytime you go to the store something that used
to come in glass or cardboard now comes in plastic.
The plastic bags don't worry me as much as all the plastic
item that come home in them. A lot of the plastic bags
are more biodegradable now but not the other stuff.
Thanks for posting this topic it helps me vent.
Maybe we should all go to the grocery store with our own
glass jars and repack everything we purchase from the plastic
and give all the empty plastic to the manager. Would be interesting
to see what they would do. Most likely garbage when no one was
looking.

auntieevil

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I wish biodegradable plastic did not just break down into particles we cannot see.
A student won a science fair when he grew oil munching bacteria to use for oil spills. The bacteria are around, just not in huge quantities. Hopefully one day someone will produce a plastic eating bacteria in large enough quantities that they could be released into these plastic wastelands. For now, there'd be no way to contain them, and they'd destroy all plastics, some of which we may be using. Row, row, row what boat???
At some point it will become monetarily feasible to reclaim our waste.... The planet's good isn't enough.

Magdelan

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ah kindred spirits. I often give the cashiers their bags back, take the stuff out and give them back all creased - not always popular when there is a huge line up behind me  What a Face . I have my own fabric bags too. Karona it just sucks you can't recycle. We are very fortunate where I live, can recycle a lot of things, so long as they are clean, I recycle everything plastic-baggish - sausage cling film and cheese packaging etc. I wish they didn't use so much styrofoam. practically every meat thing I might buy in the supermarket comes displayed on that crap with clingfilm over the top.

I was listening to the radio in the car the other day, caught part of a program about China rejecting recycling sent over from the States because it was too dirty and more like garbage. They started something they call a "green fence" program so they are not being used as a tip I guess. Thought that was interesting. Just did a quick google,

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this has to do with recycling becoming economically feasible Aunty. I believe there is a potato starch type of material that decomposes in a much more healthy way, once looked in to sourcing trash sacks made of the stuff but failed to find anything.

Thanks for sharing, good to know I am not alone in this.

Magdelan

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was looking online at local stuff and found this, thought it was worthy of putting on here, relating to recycling:
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