Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Plastic a blight upon the Earth

By now many of you have heard of the Great Garbage Gyre(GGG)  is a huge are of garbage twice the area of Texas floating in the Pacific.  This floating garbage island is a eyesore and  ecological catastrophe.  Marine life is being negatively affected.   The plastic as it breaks down to its' smallest molecule is still plastic meaning that it biologically incompatible with life on a positive level.  There are arguments raging through the scientific community on how how the plastics molecule imitates reproductive hormones giving reason to believe that plastic could be responsible for the rapid rise in testicular and breast cancers.  Plastic is also associated with sexual mutations in animals.  It is well document that marine life are  killed by various  forms of garbage and plastic being one of the largest contributers.  Remember the Nalgene water bottle scare?  Heated water bottles made with rated 3 plastic released the toxic bdp a known carcinogen.

As taken from the Tree Hugger:
 Many Nalgene water bottles and other hard plastic sport water bottles are made of polycarbonate (#7 on the bottom) , which may leach Bisphenol A, an estrogen-like chemical. Canada is considering a ban of products containing Bisphenol A (BPA) and a new American study links it to breast cancer and early puberty, and is particularly concerned about the effect on babies. Others have raised concerns about the effect of feminizing hormones on men, such as breast enlargement or dropping semen counts. At the same time, sport water bottles are ubiquitous and we don't want people going back to buying bottled water. What should you do? Time to nix the Nalgene? We looked at our past posts and the latest reports, and suggest the following.

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3 comments:

Marg said...

You're right: this was incredibly disturbing! :-)

Elizabeth said...

Hi there, I am a representative from Nalgene and I would like to take a moment to highlight an important fact about Nalgene products. Nearly two years ago in April 2008, Nalgene phased out the production of its polycarbonate bottle line. Today, Nalgene, the leading reusable hydration container brand, offers the largest and most diverse selection of exclusively BPA-free reusable containers, in five different materials including stainless steel. Most Nalgene products are manufactured in Rochester, New York and all products meet FDA requirements for food and beverage contact and are manufactured at an ISO 13485 compliant facility. Because of Nalgene's rich heritage in labware manufacturing, all Nalgene products must adhere to strict manufacturing processes that go above and beyond other reusable container companies' manufacturing standards. For more information from the company on this subject you can visit: www.NalgeneChoice.com or http://www.nalgene-outdoor.com/technical/bpaInfo.html.

GreenEvolution said...

Elizabeth while you are correct. My point wasn't so much about Nalgene in particular as about plastic in general. BPA is just the tip of the iceberg.