December 2, 2012 by Living Girl Living Foods
Plastic. What is plastic made out of? It’s not the state flower of New York, plastic is not made from plastic, it’s not grown on a tree, or anything of the sorts. Plastic is made out of toxins and are man-made.
Here comes the science…
Essentially, plastics are synthetic polymers made from long chains of carbon and other elements. Through a process called cracking, crude oil and natural gases are converted to hydrocarbon monomers like ethylene, propylene, styrene, vinyl chloride, ethylene glycol, and etc. These are then mixed with other chemicals to produce a desired finished product. Plasticizers like phthalates to make PVC soft, butadiene to make plastic #7 tough, and many others. Additional additives include bacteria, heat, light, color, and friction. To create the desired form and shape of the plastic, the materials is finally cast, spun, molded, fabricated, extruded, or applied as a coating on another material.
There is plastic found in the ocean, in birds, sea turtles and many other creatures stomachs. Plastic is in those cute little to-go coffee cups that seem to be a trendy thing to carry around now.
The three most common plastics we use are: plastic bags, plastic bottles and to-go cups lined with plastic.
We use plastic for that quick convenience that has an endless impact on the universe.
Shampoo, toys, bottles, containers, the bag that plastic bags come in, the packaging for paper is plastic and so on.
There are many countries and cities banning plastic or at least charging customers extra if they want a plastic bag.
Just because there is a recycle symbol on a product does not actually mean it is recyclable!
BPA, usually in #7 plastics, is commonly found in baby bottles, baby formula packages and is known to increase ones risk of hypertension health issues, such as ADHD. It is harmful to the brain and reproductive system. BPA has been linked to: prostate cancer, early puberty, miscarriage, type 2 diabetes, uterine fibroids, breast cancer, hypospadias, low sperm count, polycystic ovary disease, heart disease, obesity, and autism just to name a few.
Phthalates, plastic #3 which softens plastics, are typically found in; vinyl, children’s toys and bottles. They have been linked to the following health problems: rhinitis, thyroid disfunction, obesity, premature birth, premature breast development, asthma, allergies eczema, insulin resistance, lower sperm counts, decrease sperm motility, shorter anogenital distance, undescended testes and small penis size.
Phthalates do not have to be labeled, and are typically in fragrances such as baby products so the scent actually stays on our skin.
So even if we are eating a high living diet, are vegan, vegetarian or so forth if we are purchasing packaged foods, products and electronics than we are still having a negative impact on the world, all living creatures and ourselves.
Isn’t part of this awareness to save not just ourselves but the world?
Look at all of the damage that is happening because of man-made products. Man made processed foods, packaged deli meats, dairy, chips, milk, donuts, shampoo, soap, lattes, lotion, beef jerky, soup, cleaning products, canned fruit, microwave “safe” plastic, “air fresheners,” toys, razors, and so forth.
This includes those packaged/processed foods like Tofurky, those raw hummus/dip companies and etc. It’s interesting how some say they do things for their health or environment yet aren’t truly walking the walk & talking the talk 😉 hmmm, something to think about!
In this documentary “Bag It” all this information is provided. The statics alone in this movie make it all worth while. Jeb, the narrator went through an experiment where he only ate and used products using these products. His levels in these chemicals went up immensely with just switching to using these products regularly like many Americans probably are. Thankfully, this is reversible. But a major change, shift, awareness and so forth must happen.
Choose less packaging, buy used, bring your own container/bag, buy less, clean it up…SIMPLIFY!
Please take the time to watch this wonderful documentary. I personally was lucky enough to find it on Netflix instantly! On Bag It’s website you can see where and when it is being viewed.
Host a Green Party or Dinner Party with this movie showing and other documentaries that have made a difference in your life. Or you think a friend, family member or so on could benefit from watching it. Share the love ❤ We all have one body and one life. Part of respecting and loving everything we have been given is taking responsibility and action.
I hope you all take the time to watch this movie on your own. I just wanted to share with you a few things I found interesting to may be reel you in too 😉
This documentary keeps things light, funny, heart warming and it’s just so honest. Jeb and his wife learn while making all these changes that they are going to have a baby…Jeb is nervous not just to be a father but because of the impact all of these products will have on his child. He even calls companies to ask them questions about their ingredients! This is something we should all take the time to do, ask questions and learn how products are actually made. Otherwise, may be we all should consider making more things on our own. Make your own lotion, shaving cream, shampoo, and so on.
Thank you all for taking the time to stop by my site. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉