15 Jun '11, 2am

We produce 300 million tons of #plastic each year. You realize it's not ever going anywhere, right?

We produce 300 million tons of #plastic each year. You realize it's not ever going anywhere, right?

The average American produces a half-pound of plastic waste every day; while around the world, 300 million tons of the exceedingly durable material are produced each year. Plastics were the material pegged to change the world; and they have had an amazing impact. But for all the technology and convenience borne from the polymer family, untold perils are becoming realized as well. Just how dangerous are plastics for human and environmental health? Wading through the confusing studies, many sponsored by those with financial interests in the material, has been a daunting proposition. So hats off to Rolf Halden, associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University and assistant director of Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute. Halden has undertaken a survey of existing scientific literature concerning the hazards of plastic...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-dangers-of-plastic.h...

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