Plastic in the Environment

Though we have all long been told that the problem with plastics is that they don’t ever breakdown, recent studies show a far more insidious and pervasive threat… Sunlight, wave and wind action disintegrate plastics into a soup of toxins and carcinogens, and estrogen-like compounds against which no living thing has any defenses. These compounds are having grave effects from the very bottom of the food chain all the way to the very top – effects which may include significantly reduced reproductive activity in key areas of the food chain. (from Plastic Free Ocean)

Dianna Cohen, co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, talks about how we need to cut off the faucet of disposable and one-use plastics.

The “Plastic Beach” video below illustrates how plastics affect the environment.

4 Responses to Plastic in the Environment

  1. Interesting video. There are some more environmental hazards, some that are quite significant but disproportionately affects poorer communities.

    http://ourgreatendeavor.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/combating-environmental-racism-p2/

    http://ourgreatendeavor.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/e-pluribus-nullus-out-of-many-none/

  2. NTAK says:

    Very insightful awareness campaign. Keep it up!

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