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Ban All Plastic - Quiz

Updated on November 23, 2014

Plastic Death Awaits Everyone Because it is Suffocating Us.

The message is just not getting through. So it is worth starting an alertness campaign to ban dangerous plastic in all its forms and for all uses. But there is more to this story than that. Many plastic containers are poisonous but what is in them for our consumption is even more so.

Wrapped in plastic is food of all varieties and types, drinks, even milk. We store things in plastic and handle it everyday of our lives. Our fridges and cupboards contain mostly plastic containers, in fact, the fridge itself has a high plastic content in its construction. So why are we putting up with it and why are governments doing nothing about cleaning up the plastic rubbish that floats in our waterways, oceans and garbage tips? What can you do to change the world and its attitude towards this horrible, toxic sucstance?

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From Birth to Death its Plastic Poisoning

Children are victims and parents are killing them.

Look around you now and make a note of how much plastic you can see in your immediate vicinity. What about the frames around your glasses, the wrapping around the kitchen paper, the carpet you are standing on, the radio you listen to, the mobile phone or fixed line phone, and the computer you work with everyday. What about the bottle or the dummy in the babies mouths? Is the toxiicity they are being fed leading to autism, ADHD, cancer or other nasties that appear to be in epidemic proportions throughout the world.

The beautiful baby you hold in your arms and have a need to protect is the most precious thing in your life right now, But look at the container you are serving her food in. Is it a plastic bottle, cup, plate or something else. Many may not think of these things as being dangerous or even that they are made of plastic. What about the dummy it sucks on or the nappies used to clothe their bottoms? They all have a plastic component, mainly BPA, and the synthetic clothing many will wear are also plastic in their nature.

Lip and mouth cancers are becoming ever more common now as kids who were fed with plastic containers and dummies reach adulthood. Many cancers can take 20 to 40 years to present and few question the cause as it is too hard to prove. But like asbestos plastic is a killer.

Synthetic carpets are made from the same substance as plastic and all forms of plastic is made from crude oil. Put a match near it and it readily burns, smell it and get a whiff of the fumes, clean it and particles come away, cook in it and the toxicity passes into the food. Are you aware of the danger of plastic in the environment? Have you seen the reports of plastic floating around in the oceans and being consumed by animals and birds who mistake it for food?

But we too are eating it, whether you know it or not, because the particles, mainly PVC's are unstable under certain conditions and deadly when breathed in.

This is an extract from War on PLastics by Jan Lundberg and Northern Californians Against Plastic: "Plastic as toxic trash is barely an issue with health advocates, environmentalists, and even those of us looking toward the post-petroleum world. Instead, "recycling" and future "bioplastics" distract people from keeping plastic out of their lives. As the evidence from our trashed oceans and damage to human health mounts, plastic can no longer be conveniently ignored. The days of naïve trust and denial need to be put behind us, and a war on plastics declared now."

How Aware are You?

Do you realise the danger in plastic?

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Making plastic bottles

Plastic is Poison and We are Consuming It.

We are also wearing it.

This article from The Perils of Plastic should be a wake up call to all parents. "Chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates - key ingredients in modern plastics - may disrupt the delicate endocrine system, leading to developmental problems. A host of modern ills that have been rising unchecked for a generation - obesity, diabetes, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder - could have chemical connections. "We don't give environmental exposure the attention it deserves," says Dr. Philip Landrigan, director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at New York City's Mount Sinai Medical Center. "But there's an emerging understanding that kids are uniquely susceptible to environmental hazards."

We buy take away food in plastic, groceries are wrapped in it, soda drinks are bottled in it, we often eat on top of covers made from it or we wear it in some form or another. Everything we use or touch these days is either made of plastic or has a plastic component.

Use Glass

Libbey Stonehenge 30-Piece Tumbler Glasses Set
Libbey Stonehenge 30-Piece Tumbler Glasses Set

Instead of plastic use glass. This is recyclable material that does not kill us.

 

Many years ago Australia was a land that thrived on the sheep's back. Beautiful fine merino wool that can be turned into many products including clothing, carpets, rugs, bags and so on, Then came the Japanese with their synthetic materials to do the same job. In order to put their products out there ahead of wool they came and outbid everyone else for bales of the finest merino wool. They paid exorbitant prices and virtually priced our wool out of the market.

In its wake as a great affordable sunstance came the synthetic wool, manufactured in Japan. A fiber that many now wear in place of the warm wonderful soft fire retardant garments of yesteryear. Try to buy good woollen garments today and the price is hgh but the alternative is neither warm nor healthy. But caarpets once made of wool and fire resistant are now replaced with synthetic fiber carpets that readily burn and whose fumes are deadly when enflamed. Warning are now out that the gasses given off by such capeting, even plastic curtains, are also toxic and should not be inhaled.

Many wool producers hit the wall and went out of business as a result of the effects on the wool market. Women lost their patience with the wonderful yarn because of some drawbacks and turned their backs on it. You can't, for instance, wash it in a washing machine. But the positives for wool are enormous. In my wardrobe there are jumpers and cardigans now decades old and still functional while the synthetics were discarded because after 2 to 3 years they lose shape, look daggy and are rarely good looking after a short period of wear. Worse still they are fire hazards as when near heat they erupt into flame. So why would you wear it or have it in your home?

Because synthetic garments are cheap many women lost their interest in knitting. They now do less home sewing and so cotton fabrics are no longer required and many suppliers of that yarn have also gone out of business. In the place of natural fibre undergarments most consumers buy synthetic ones where the fibre often has a high concentration of formaldehyde. This causes skin eruptions, warts and possibly a lot worse.

The same cannot be said of natural fibres like cotton, which is sutainable and very healthy. But the synthetic cloths have now replaced it in many key areas, such as underwear, shirts, skirts, blouses and pants. Even worse they are now the main choice for baby blankets and clothimg. They are nowhere near as comfortable, do not absorb body secretions, and they generate static electticity but they are cheaper. That makes them ever more popular. They are also more colourful and manufactured in ever more sensuous styles.

It was all about money, trade, big business and aggressive marketing that put plastics ahead of natural products and turned on the plastic tide.In the wake of synthetic fibre evolution the rate of cancer and diseases like diabetes has soared, not that I am stating there is a link but one most wonder. There is also a lot more children suffering diseases that in my younger days were never heard of. ADHD and intolerance to many foods are just a couple of the probllems that have emerged.

Way to Recycle Plastic Bags

Don't Waste the World

Fred UNZIPPED Hand-Blown Glass Bowl
Fred UNZIPPED Hand-Blown Glass Bowl

Glass bowls or glass vases are far superior to any made in plastic. Don;t waster money by wasting the world.

 

Would You Reuse Plastic?

Is recycling plastic a good idea

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Best Glass Products

The 2009 Import and Export Market for Glassware for Table, Kitchen, Toilet, Office, and Indoor Decoration in Europe
The 2009 Import and Export Market for Glassware for Table, Kitchen, Toilet, Office, and Indoor Decoration in Europe

Glass is the best material to use around your home. It was in vogue in the stone age and is still the best product as the world has survived its use for thousands of years.

 

The Inventions were Getting Worse.

This information is from this site. Two inventors by the names of Paul Hogan and Robert Banks started working together in 1946. They experimented with high octane gasoline and came up with a substance called crystalline pol;ypropellne, and high density polyproleine or HDPE in 1951 under the name of Phillips Petroleum. This plastic can be blow moulded and is used for milk containers, jugs and soda bottles. It's tradename is Marlex and it was first used for hoola hoops.

Here we have arrived at the reason I felt so compelled to do this lens. These blastic 'bottles' are causing mayhem everywhere. People use them once and they are discarded into rubbish tips, rivers, oceans, land fills and anywhere else that it is convenient. In my early years if you bought a drink it came in a glass bottle. You were charged for the bottle and refunded the money when it was returned. If they were discarded into the garbage there were always willing hands waiting to extract them and gain the reward by returning them to the nearest store.

Milk also came in bottles or one went to the store with a billy can and was given milk decanted from a refrigerated container. Milk bottles were always returned to the milk men who delivered it or to the nearby stores. If you didn't hand back your bottles you got no more milk. The environment remained largely pristine because of these policies.

Better Ideas

Taylor Precision Products Biggest Loser 6.6-Pound Kitchen Scale with Glass Platform (White)
Taylor Precision Products Biggest Loser 6.6-Pound Kitchen Scale with Glass Platform (White)

Glass kitchen scales that replace plastic ones and will not affect the environment when discarded are a much better idea.

 

Plastic has removed all incenttives to recycle and reuse such containers. Now they are filled with things like water. Of course it's all about making money because the mighty dollar is king.

For heavens sake you can always get fresh water from a tap, unless you live in a backward third world country. But we are educated by business and advertising into thinking to buy it and to pay more for the water than what we do for petrol. But where has that water come from? Also because of the convenience of buying water most of the councils have removed the bubbles or drinking fiuntains that were once a featured of city streets. That means that you are virtually compelled to buy a plastic container filled drink when out and about unless you carry your own supply.

Governments and councils are, therefore, contributing to the mess that plastic is making of our environment. Do they care? No way! They collect taxes on the sales and there are jobs created by the industry so it is up to people to wake up and stand up. Stop the flow of plastic now or we will not suvive.

The Warnings are Out There

The following information is from the web site of Dr. Ben Kim .

"Exposure to PVC and the plasticizers that often come with it have been strongly associated with an increased risk of developing the following conditions:

Hormonal imbalances

Reproductive and developmental problems

Allergies in children

Brain cancer

Hardening of connective tissue throughout the body, also called scleroderma

A malignant tumor arising from tubules that are near the gall bladder and liver, also called a cholangiocarcinoma

A malignant tumor arising from a blood vessel, also called an angiosarcoma

Furthermore, the processes of manufacturing PVC and burning waste PVC are known to create dioxins. Even at very low levels of exposure, dioxins have been linked to:

Endometriosis

Immune system dysfunction

Reproductive problems

Many different types of cancer"

One day I accidentally left the cutlery container from the dishwasher on top of the stove. Turning the appliance on to heat one of the elements when in a hurry to do so led me to mistakenly turn on the wrong one. Next thing the cutlery container was melting and the fire alarm was going off. The kitchen was full of acrid smoke and it took a long time before I felt safe to return to it. The plastic had melted over the coiled filament and was impossible to remove completey. Now that element is never used for fear of it giving off more fumes.

This is how accidents happen and as plastic is in most of the things we use in and around our homes ir is only a matter of time before heat of some description causes such a disaster. Many people burn plastic in incinerators in their back yard and often breathe in the smoke. If it is not you it could be your neighbour or the animals even the birds on nearby trees. The substance breathed in by me in the kitchen when the above accident happened was of course PVC plastic.

This information is from The Conscientious Home " . . . Toxic plastic 3 by its other name, PVC, or Vinyl. PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) is considered by many experts to be the most dangerous, carcinogenic plastic ever created by man. It cannot be recycled. It will sit in our landfills until kingdom come, emitting carcinogenic chemicals into the air, water and soil. And despite the studies showing the incredible toxicity of this substance, the FDA approves it for use in the packaging of our food, our health care products, and our medicines.

The article also states that: "Children's toys feature rampant use of PVC. A child chewing on his rubber ducky in the bath is being exposed to levels of cancer-causing chemicals which have led to such items being banned in many European countries. Yet, here in the U.S., you will not even be told that the toys your children play with, the shower curtain in your bathroom, or the pipes under your house contain PVC. PVC causes cancer and kidney damage, and when burned (as in the case of a kitchen fire or house fire) it results in long term respiratory damage."

Think again before you buy plastic toys for your children because one day they will end up in landfill and meanwhile they are emitting the toxicity directly into your child's environment.

Bamboo is a great alternative

Bamboo Rectangle Floor and Shower Mat By ToiletTree Products - Skid Resistant
Bamboo Rectangle Floor and Shower Mat By ToiletTree Products - Skid Resistant

A great addition to the bathroom and a better help for the environment

 

Why use indoor clothes dryers that depend on electricity to run. The natural way of drying clothes is to put them in the sun while the breeze will do the job for you, Hang heavy items on it as company uses solid extruded aluminum center brackets and strong bracing arms which makes the Breezecatcher rigid. This eco friendly product is free to use and will help you control and reduce your home energy bill, Best of all there is no plastic involved.



Company manufactures and supplies school and office stationary made from recycled products that are eco friendlly. They are assembled by a local, AbilityOne certified disabled workforce. These products make a difference and make sense. ReBinder products avoid or reduce the discharge of solid waste, greenhouse gas, energy, tree and water consumption. The raw materials are sourced from responsibly managed forests and verified FSC and SFI certified sources.

Have you Learned Something Here

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Plastic is an incideous disease causing substance

It needs people power to stop its production.

Will You Take Up the Fight

Has this lens made a difference to your views on using plastic?

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We don't know how many are dying from plastic induced illnesses

Nor of the suffering and stress it is bringing upon animals who don't have a voice

The Case against Dioxin

This extract is from Greenpeace. "Produced unintentionally during PVC fires, dioxin is one of the most toxic substances known, and has been found to cause cancer and reproductive disorders. PVC fires produce hundreds to thousands times more dioxin than other common materials including wood or other plastics. As dioxin persists in soil for long periods of time, a single fire can lead to long lasting health impacts. A large PVC fire in Hamilton, Ontario in 1997 was a major burden for that town. Not only will the damage to equipment and buildings, the follow-up health studies, and the clean up cost millions of taxpayer dollars, the contamination could persist for decades."

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      It's so hard to buy anything that is not wrapped in some way in plastic. I do my best but I'm still shocked at the amount of plastic containers I recycle. One thing I have found helpful is to start making my own shampoo and conditioners and other health-care products. And I try to not buy pre-packaged fruits and vegetables. I'm just so frustrated when I see a food item labeled "organic" and it's sold in plastic.

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      Nice lens!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. Plastic is ruining our life. It's time to do something about it...

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      Lenscrafter76 4 years ago

      @Rangoon House: i too find that to be a great engaging way to educate his readers and challenging them/us and any skepticism..nice touch.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Excellent lens.

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Wonderfully written. This lens has a lot of useful information and I hope a lot of people get to read it too so everyone can be aware just how dangerous plastic is.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Blessings for spreading the message. I hope you have a high readership of this lens. Making it a quiz with points will hopefully help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great facts and information that should get more attention from our government.

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      aruraza 5 years ago

      Thanks for the very informative lens, not many people know the dangers of plastic. Thanks also for taking the time to link my lens, you are a star! :-)

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Wow, what a well written and thorough lens! Way to go.