If I asked you to list the problems with plastic, you might mention toxic chemicals like BPA or phthalates; or the fact that it doesn’t biodegrade; or that animals ingest it; or that there is a toxic soup of plastic swirling around in the world’s oceans. Those are the issues I’ve focused on for the past [...]Read the full post.
Have you guys been following the hoopla about 3-D printers? Those marvelous machines that can make just about anything you want on demand? A year ago, MyPlasticFreeLife.com reader Eleanor K. Sommer contacted me for my opinion about 3-D printers (something I hadn’t even heard of at that point) and was concerned that these machines could [...]Read the full post.
07/25/2012 Update: The Safe Chemicals Act PASSED out of the Environment Committee today! It still has a long way to make it into law, but this is a great first step. Thanks to all who wrote and tweeted! After sitting in committee since last year, the Safe Chemicals Act is scheduled to be voted on [...]Read the full post.
Why is there so much debate about whether plastic chemicals like Bisphenol-A (BPA) or phthalates are harmful to humans in the amounts at which we’re exposed to them? And why is it so difficult to pass regulations in the United States to protect us from these chemicals? One reason is that regulators are accustomed to [...]Read the full post.
Last week, I received an email from a new Starbucks employee who was shocked by the amount of waste she sees at the store everyday. Many of us do our individual part by bringing our reusable mugs for coffee, but it turns out that, according to this employee (who wants to remain anonymous to keep [...]Read the full post.
Pam Longobardi calls her art “Interventions.” She spends many hours gathering up plastic trash from the world’s beaches and bringing it into galleries where it can be positioned, examined, seen. Her current expedition, Drifters Project Kefalonia: The Giant Sea Cave Excavation, was inspired by a heartbreakingly poignant discovery she made last summer in Kefalonia, Greece. The [...]Read the full post.
With all of the concern about Bisphenol-A (BPA), an estrogen-mimicking chemical used in some plastics, most metal food can linings, and most thermal paper receipts, manufacturers are looking for alternative materials to use so they can tout their products as BPA-free. But are the substitutes actually safer than BPA itself? The truth is, we don’t [...]Read the full post.
Five years ago, a photo changed my life. I was just a regular American, choosing double plastic bags at the grocery store, drinking bottled water, living on microwaveable meals and energy bars wrapped in plastic, and buying whatever I wanted whenever I wanted without ever considering how things were made or where they were going [...]Read the full post.
Confession: Up until a week ago, I still sometimes wore plastic flip flops. Granted, they were flip flops I purchased back in 2005. And I wore them until they had holes in the heels. But still, why would I continue to wear plastic ones after discovering the natural rubber flip flops from Feelgoodz two years [...]Read the full post.