The NAACP has joined the ranks of those opposed to New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary sodas. The organization’s New York chapter claimed in court on Wednesday that while obesity is a significant problem in the black and Latino community but the ban would “would disproportionately hurt minority-owned small businesses, which faced competition from larger convenience stores like 7-Eleven that would be exempt from the soda restrictions because of a quirk in New York’s regulatory structure.” Continue reading
Artist Chris Jordan, whose work we’ve shown in 5 Things You Need To Know About Plastic Bottles Or You’ll Die Twice has a well shot new film in production called Midway. Midway is an island in the North Pacific that was the site of a battle widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. As its name suggests the island lies nearly halfway between North America and Asia. It’s also a place polluted with enough plastic to fill the bellies of the local birds. Continue reading
The photo above is by Chris Jordan. It is a close up of a photo that “depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.”
Why are plastic bottles in the news anyway?
Plastic bottles are everywhere in today’s society, but they were not just a few decades ago. Bottled water is an very popular product worldwide which is extraordinary considering bottled water as we know today didn’t exist as a product 30-40 years ago.
What’s wrong with plastic bottles?
They are everywhere now and don’t seem to be hurting anyone but their impact can be felt in many ways. Making the plastic bottle requires pollution producing energy. So does the rest of the packaging, shipping, shipping packaging and recycling. Many plastic bottles don’t end up recycled. Instead they are thrown in the garbage or somehow end up in the ocean, and even in the fish we eat. On top of that some plastic bottles contain harmful chemicals called BPA that leaves the bottles and gets into your drink.
What do these harmful chemicals do?
BPA or bisphenol A is considered an is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it messes up your hormones may be the cause of abnormal sexual development or even learning disabilities. This is of great concern for babies because BPA was found in many baby bottles. Continue reading
What is Styrofoam?
Styrofoam is a “light, resilient polystyrene plastic”. In 1950, Dow Chemical Co. trademarked the name.~dictionary.com
You’ve never had coffee from a Styrofoam cup!
That’s what Dow Chemical Co. says. Starting in 1942 Styrofoam has been used by the Coast Guard then the U.S. Navy as insulation which is it’s current use. “there isn’t a coffee cup, cooler or packaging material in the world made from STYROFOAM. These common disposable items are typically white in color and are made of expanded polystyrene beads.” ~building.dow.com So that’s what we’ve been using, polystyrene. They’ve asked that we call these products “foam” instead. Continue reading