“Drowning in Plastic”

Published: 20 June 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling

According to the Monterey County Weekly, “every plastic product that has ever been manufactured still exists,” making up 10 percent of California’s garbage. The article asserts that “plastic is not biodegradable, but rather photodegradable,” leaving little plastic shards to disperse throughout the ocean, which marine life often mistake for food. The article further reports that plastic marine debris is also hurting people, as some level of plastic could be present in all of the seafood we eat, and some of the chemicals added to plastics products, such as bisphenol A (BPA), are known to be hormone mimickers and have been shown to leach out of plastics into the products contained. While 93 percent of government funded studies have reportedly found BPA to be harmful, the chemical industry-funded studies conclude that the chemical is benign.

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