The packaging for a microwavable "microwave" dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries - David Wann, Buzzworm, November 1990
For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death - Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990.
Plastics and its counterpart phthalates are everywhere and so is BPA. Is it a real environmental hazard or just another scare? According to a recent study by the National Institutes of Health even low levels of exposure to Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in polycarbonate baby bottles, can cause neural and behavioral damage to children.
If you must use plastic containers, pick BPA free and avoid recycling #3, 6 and 7. Or, better yet, go back to glass bottles!
To select the plastics that are best for your children and for the environment, get to know the easy-to-identify plastic recycling codes you’ll usually find on the underside of the bottle or packaging. Look for these numbers and symbols before you buy. The safer plastic choices are coded 1, 2, 4, and 5. Try to avoid 3, 6, and most plastics labeled with number 7.
They are a family of chemical substances that have been in use for about 50 years, primarily to make polyvinyl chloride soft and flexible. Although the various kinds in use today have some structural similarity, each one is different in the way it performs.
Project Kaisei is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco and Hong Kong, established to increase the understanding and the scale of marine debris, its impact on our ocean environment, and how we can introduce solutions for both prevention and clean-up.
Phthalates have established a very strong safety profile during the 50 years in which they have been in general use. There is no reliable evidence that any phthalate has ever caused a health problem for a human from its intended use. Despite this history of safe use, some issues have been raised about possible human health effects.
Phthalates are a class of chemicals commonly used in consumer products. Phthalates cause a wide range of adverse health problems including liver, kidney and lung damage as well as reproductive system and sexual developmental abnormalities.
Phthalates, or phthalate esters, are esters of phthalic acid and are mainly used as plasticizers (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility). They are chiefly used to turn polyvinyl chloride from a hard plastic into a flexible plastic.