Plastic is a man-made menace.
– Scientists estimate up to one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year from eating plastic (Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium).
– On Midway Atoll, 40% of albatross chicks die of starvation or dehydration. Their stomachs are full of OUR trash.
– Nearly 90% of floating marine litter is plastic, supple, durable materials such as polyethylene and polypropylene, Styrofoam, nylon and saran (Source: LA Times).
– BPA and other chemicals from plastics also leach into OUR bodies. Regular monitoring by the CDC showed more than 90% of us have detectable levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in our bodies.
– One large, well-conducted study in humans showed that people who had high levels of BPA in the urine had a higher rate of diabetes, heart disease, and liver toxicity. (Source: WebMD).
– A six-year study by a team of researchers from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom examined the occupational histories of 1,006 women from Ontario’s Essex and Kent counties who had breast cancer and 1,146 who didn’t. Adjustments were made for smoking, weight, alcohol use, and other lifestyle and reproductive factors. The results, published online in the journal Environmental Health (19th November 2012) showed women employed in the automotive plastics industry were almost five times as likely to develop breast cancer prior to menopause as women in the control group.
– In January 2010, the FDA announced an important reversal of its 2008 claims regarding the safety of bisphenol-A, expressing new concern about “potential effects of BPA on the brain, behaviour and prostate gland of foetuses, infants and children” (Source: Science Daily)
For the sake of our planet’s wildlife and ecosystems, for your own sake and for the sake of everyone’s children, please consider your use of plastics.
We all need to clean up our act.