January 18th 2009 - IN EVERY REGULAR MEAL YOU ARE CONSUMING LITTLE BITS OF PLASTIC- that either the animal or fish has consumed. You are eating the plastics you used and threw away. The digestion of plastic not only affects your health and future generations of fertility and gene pool – the plastic affects the breeding and gene pools of the animals and fish and ocean life.
DIGESTION OF THESE TOXICS may affect mental, physical and emotional well being.
Please stop using plastic and foam carryouts.
When you shop carry a cloth bag - or hand carry to car –
YOU ARE EXTRORDINARY
In March 2007, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to outright ban plastic bags from being distributed by larger retailers. But almost two years later, an SF Weekly reporter finds that the cut-and-dried argument used for so long—plastic bad, paper good—is largely disproved after a close look at the facts.
True, producing plastic bags takes millions of barrels of oil, but processing paper bags releases noxious chemicals and pollutes millions of gallons of water. In addition, transporting them to stores takes far more space and gasoline than their plastic cousins.
“Firstly," says the author, "biodegrading paper represents a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Secondly, in a properly run landfill, paper doesn't really biodegrade. In fact, nothing much really does.” Landfill trash is so tightly compacted that paper and even food waste remains mummified for decades, unable to break down.
As for the aesthetic argument, that the ban would eliminate unsightly and unsafe plastic litter, research shows that while overall litter has decreased, plastic bags’ share of that percentage of that number has actually increased since the ban.
So what should consumers do? As Tree Hugger puts it, “Ultimately, neither paper nor plastic bags are the best choice; we think choosing reusable canvas bags instead is the way to go. From an energy standpoint, according to this Australian study, canvas bags are 14 times better than plastic bags and 39 times better than paper bags, assuming that canvas bags get a good workout and are used 500 times during their life cycle.”
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