The Anti-Plastic Fantastic Episode

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How do you interact with plastic?

I’m still reeling from my plastic-free February trauma. I had thought I was so savvy about handling plastic and during this experiment promoted by Rodale.com, I had a great awakening as to just how much plastic permeates my world! Since then, we’ve been talking a lot about plastic and how we manage this substance we have become extremely reliant on.

GD Lisa did a great report on re-purposing that focused on various types of plastic – some great and easy ideas.

We had a great conversation with Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic a Toxic Love Story that was informative, a little frightening, but also encouraging.

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32 comments

Kath R.
Kath P.4 years ago

"the future is plastic" :-(

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Danuta W.
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for the informations.

Dennis K.
Dennis K.4 years ago

Polymers and Genetics:
Subject: Synthetic Hydrogen Bond and Exon Duplication
As a result of my grandson (Grant W. Meermann) having the rarest mutation that causes Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (1 in 10 of all DMD). I've developed a personal interest in genetics. As a result, I've observed a pattern that I feel may contribute to these mutations, and would like get your opinion. The pattern is this:
The very rare mutation my grandson has is the result of the duplication of exons....that is, one or more of the same exons with the same title are present, giving that person more exons than normal in that area of the gene. Exon duplication has also been found in some rare cancers and some other rare genetic diseases. This exon duplication is being found in humans but this is almost nonexistent in animals, suggesting that it is associated with some environmental cause unique to humans (this could be a new phenomenon for humans over the last 80 years). It has been noted that the synthetic hydrogen bond (where hydrogen atoms with protons spaced between making a bond that has at least twice the strength) used in the manufacture of all plastics that is almost chemically identical to the natural bond found in our genes. This synthetic bond is at least twice as strong as the natural hydrogen bond that holds our genes together as a cell divides, and therefore it seems a likely this could cause for these mutations. Plastics are now found in the circulation system of almost every hu

Heather B.
Heather B.4 years ago

We do not realize how ubiquitous plastic is in our daily lives until we really stop and think about it. Trying to eliminate plastic entirely seems impossible. But, there are many ways in which we can reduce the amount of plastic in our lives. I now have stainless steel straws to use when eating out. I bring my own reusable containers from home for doggy bags or takeout. I use reusable cloth or recycled PET bags for groceries. I reuse plastic bags for produce, bulk food, and freezing bulk purchases of meats and veggies. I have only just begun. There are many more ways for me to cut down on plastic use and waste.

Joy Wong
Joy Wong4 years ago

Thanks.

Robyn L.
Robyn P.4 years ago

please, if you read the article, pledge to yourself and your friends/family that you will kick one plastic habit TODAY.

look at single-use or short lifetime plastics first (bags, bottles, cheap items) and see where you can cut down on new plastic creation. Maybe you can find 100 percent post consumer plastic. Maybe you will give up bottled water.
(I did, five years ago, and I haven't dehydrated yet)
Maybe you will get reusable bags for produce.
How about no more straws or a metal or pyrex straw?
Do you really need a new plastic gadget?

Ann F.
Ann F.4 years ago

thanks !

Camila K.
Kamila A.4 years ago

reuse and recycle over and over again! its just stupid to be so wasteful