After seeing the movie, “Bag It” and rereading Dave Burdick’s review, I wonder if we saw the same movie. It goes far beyond the topic of plastic bags and addresses the most important message of all – that the use of plastics is causing havoc on our planet.
Imagine – “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” – twice the size of the state of Texas, floating in endless circles. The sheer enormity of this is mind-boggling. Our oceans have become garbage dumps because all sewers lead to the ocean. Plastic photo-degrades, turning into smaller and smaller pieces. And sea creatures think this is food.
Next – remote Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean – albatross chicks who were fed these bits of plastic died because there is no nutrition in plastic. Their remains were mini-garbage heaps – feathers surrounded by a pile of plastic pieces.
WE are at the top of ocean food chain – and inadvertently, we are eating these plastics too.
Now, what about the Berrier’s experiment of eating foods that were heated in plastic containers in the microwave and consuming foods from cans lined with Bisphenol A (BPA)? His BPA levels were off the charts. Did you know Bisphenol A is an endocrine distruptor and is linked to ADHD, gender neutrality, autism and other maladies? But the American Chemical Council says BPA is “safe.”
Pthalates (aka “fragrance” and the stuff that makes plastic malleable – e.g., your baby’s rubber ducky – and is found in such things as dryer sheets and those candles you burn in your bathroom to make it smell nice) is another endocrine disrupter.
The American Chemical Council, a powerful conglomerate of plastic manufacturers, appears to be more interested in profits than your health.
What can we do? Use reusable shopping bags, bring your own coffee cup to your local coffee shop, say no to dangerous plastics, especially Nos. 3, 6 & 7, and much, much more.
See the movie and “think” before you consume. Stop this deadly cycle now before it kills us.