My Plastic-free Life - Forum: Plastic News Simple:Press Version 5.6.7 Dylan on Plastic bottle homes increasingly common Plastic News plastic bottle homes

In the United States alone, 47 billion plastic bottles are discarded annually, and worldwide, enough plastic is thrown out in a single year to circle the globe four times. But a form of construction being used throughout Africa and Latin America is making a difference, not only by reducing plastic waste but also by taking advantage of the durability of plastic bottles to provide shelter for the homeless.

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 23:41:48 -0800
Dana on Micro-beads in San Francisco Bay Plastic News

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:22:57 -0700
silver on Ocean plastic! Plastic News Micro-beads are also in face and bath products for exfoliating, as well as toothpaste containing sparkles, and in other products we don't think about when we buy for personal care. It will probably be in some shampoo, too.

Environment of Defense states that Ontario is pushing for a micro-beads ban and it seems that it may be passed.

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:07:55 -0700
silver on Ocean plastic! Plastic News

Although, China gets a bad justified rap for Plastics in our Oceans....the U.S.A , Canada and Europe are very guilty of creating the problem that China takes most of the blame for, leaving other countries seemingly with cleaner hands. Vietnam is being taken advantage of by other countries, and who is really responsible for the clean up of the mess in our Ocean's due to territorial boundaries?

It is important to be aware of who, what and where plastics are being produced, sold and recycled.

Wonder how many of the companies producing plastics are also producing glass?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:13:18 -0800
silver on Ocean plastic! Plastic News Here is another up to date link concerning the Ocean and plastics. Only 14% of plastics produced is recycled.

Keep our oceans blue.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:54:39 -0800
silver on Plastic in tea bags? Plastic News Thank you. Wow! Will go loose leaf now.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:48:24 -0800
webdangol223 on Plastic in tea bags? Plastic News I agree with you Beth terry.SmileSmile

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:34:50 -0800
MaryMc on BPA update from Europe Plastic News Worth at least a read-through, lots of links for the technically oriented.

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:09:10 -0800
webdangol223 on Styrofoam/Polystyrene NYC Ban Plastic News This is a good job.I liked it.SmileSmile

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:57:44 -0800
Beth Terry on Tues. July 8 webinar on BPA and Beyond in Plastics Plastic News Hi Anne. I'm sorry I had to miss this. Is it available to watch after the fact?

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:27:15 -0700
Anne Pernick on Tues. July 8 webinar on BPA and Beyond in Plastics Plastic News Hi All, I wanted to invite everyone to this free webinar on Tuesday July 8. Details and RSVP link below. It would be great to have some of you who are really trying to be thoughtful about or eliminating use of plastics joining this event. Please share this invitation to this free, public webinar widely. Thanks!

BPA and Beyond in Plastics: Understanding the Risks of Estrogenic Chemicals 
for People and the Planet, and the Campaign for Real Reform in the 
Chemical Industry
Tuesday July 8 at Noon PACIFIC/ 3 p.m. EASTERN

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Thank you for your patience in the meantime. We appreciate each click!

Michael Green, Center for Environmental Health
Michael S. Denison, University of California, Davis, Dept. of Environmental 
Facilitator: Anne Pernick, BEN

If you've been vigilant about avoiding BPA, this spring's Mother Jones article 
likely left you very worried about the plastics in your pantry and cupboard, and 
maybe you threw them all out. We're in a moment of evaluating risk, but do 
we have all the information we need, and are we thinking on the right scale? 
What are estrogenic chemicals? Do they always cause harm in people or other
animals? What consumer choices will make the most difference in lowering our 
exposure and lowering our impact on the planet? Why can companies use
estrogenic chemicals if there may be risks associated with them? Why are they 
replacing one chemical of concern, like BPA, with another, like BPS? What are 
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and how can we help them as consumers, scientists, and citizen activists?

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:51:39 -0700
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Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:22:05 -0800
Natalie on Styrofoam/Polystyrene NYC Ban Plastic News The ban on polystyrene has gone through in NYC.  I think this is very exciting news!  It doesn't go through immediately; if the opponents of the ban can find a way for NYC to recycle styrofoam in the next year, then it won't go into effect.  This still doesn't get rid of the problem of single-use containers, and the alternatives might not be ideal.  My understanding is that, in addition to being slower to degrade, it is worse for your health.  According to this guide that I got from this blog (, 

"Styrene can leach from polystyrene plastic.

Styrene is toxic to the brain and nervous system, among workers with longer-term exposures,15,16 but also has been found to adversely affect red blood cells, liver, kid- neys and stomach in animal studies.17 Aside from exposure from food containers, children can be exposed to styrene from secondhand cigarette smoke, off-gassing of building materials, auto exhaust fumes and drinking water. "

Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:36:08 -0800
jonnie on Ocean plastic! Plastic News Neil, 

Your comment about plastics in the ocean coming from the washing of clothes having synthetic fibers reminded me of a comment by the Recology CEO at a Commonwealth Club roundtable on Zero Waste. He considers polyester clothing a composite, in that 10% of waste that no one has yet to figure out how to reasonably recycle.

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:42:42 -0700
NeilBlanchard on Ocean plastic! Plastic News Two comments about plastic in the ocean - a lot of it comes from washing clothing that has synthetic fibers.


And secondly, there may be a way to remove plastic from the ocean.

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:14:22 -0700
Beth Terry on Plastic in tea bags? Plastic News Great article. And I appreciate that it mentions that paper teabags have an environmental impact as well. What it doesn't say is that paper tea bags also contain plastic. There are plastic fibers mixed in with the paper, which is what helps heat seal them. I'm planning a blog post about it soon. Anyway, that's why I have a reusable stainless steel tea ball and buy loose leaf bulk tea in my own container instead of packaged tea.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:56:02 -0700
foxli on Plastic in tea bags? Plastic News Apparently, those fancy pyramid-shaped teabags are all made from one sort of plastic or another.


(Sorry, can't hyperlink.)

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:28:31 -0700
Giving it a go on Chemistry council getting involved?? Plastic News I´ve just downloaded it...  Gees!  Bit of reading.  Bit much reading!


I need to read it properly, but from scanning through it´s all "anti-littering" and re-cylcing. (which of course can´t be done)


I´d be really interest to see what you make of it.


(my friend didn´t write the article, but commented a lot on it) 

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 07:41:35 -0800
Eve Stavros on Chemistry council getting involved?? Plastic News Thanks for sharing this!  I went to the "reported" link in your friend's article and there's a link in the source info to the entire report, which I've downloaded to read & digest.  It will be interesting to see concrete examples of those 140 "projects" that the ACC reports on.  Everyone should do this and decide for themselves whether this is truly green or just "green-washing"! http://www.americanchemistry.c.....ments.html

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:25:03 -0800
Giving it a go on Chemistry council getting involved?? Plastic News  

A friend sent me this.  She writes for them and is Elizabeth in the comments.


What do you think?  Plastic propaganda?  Or do they mean it..? I was going to share it on facbook but didn´t want friends to see.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:05:53 -0800
Beth Terry on Seattle (mostly) plastic bag ban effective July 1. Plastic News Hurray!  One city at a time.  Hopefully, we can get more states to pass plastic bag legislation and really speed this process along.


(Make sure you include the http:// code before the www when entering web addresses.  I fixed your link so it works now.)

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 10:39:56 -0700
Maddie on Seattle (mostly) plastic bag ban effective July 1. Plastic News Seattle's plastic bag ban goes in to effect today, yay!

I hope the links works

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 09:57:10 -0700
euripides on Polyester Fleece Plastic News MTNGirl, I think some balance is needed - if you're getting such excellent wear out of products, the net environmental cost might be better than if you went through several substandard products. 

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 22:35:32 -0700
Beth Terry on Old Plastics, Fresh Dirt Plastic News Plastics composed 12% of the 250 million tons of trash Americans generated in 2010, according to the EPA. Food waste and yard trimmings, in contrast, made up 27%. Compostable plastics won’t make the problem of plastic waste magically disappear. But they can help municipalities and institutions divert organic waste away from the landfill and to the compost pile.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:48:00 -0700
Beth Terry on Scientists Warn of Low-Dose Risks of Chemical Exposure Plastic News A new study finds that even low doses of hormone-disrupting chemicals — used in everything from plastics to pesticides – can have serious effects on human health. These findings, the researchers say, point to the need for basic changes in how chemical safety testing is conducted.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:44:45 -0700
Beth Terry on Chemicals in plastic linked to rise in obesity and diabetes Plastic News Man-made chemicals present in homes, schools, offices, cars and food are probably contributing to the sharp rise in obesity and diabetes in western societies, according to a review of scientific literature published today...

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:39:00 -0700
MTNgirl on Polyester Fleece Plastic News I just read the above Mother Jones article!  So, nylon sheds fibers too?  Aaack!  I am one of those people wearing Outdoor Performance clothing everyday, even for work!  I have to draw the line on replacing the nylon items.  I love my REI nylon zip-off pants, black REI travel pants, and Macabi skirts.  I wear them constantly for work, travel, home, and dressy occassions!  They are well made and I have each item for 7-10 years and still going strong.

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:15:52 -0800
MTNgirl on Polyester Fleece Plastic News I found the article at "Citizen Green," here you go!  http://www.tippecanoegreen.blo.....-robe.html


Amy, I just finished my second reading of Deanna Duke's (Crunchy Chicken) book the "Nontoxic Avenger."  She talked about the fire retardants in kids pajamas.  Scary.  I read somewhere years ago that the legislation for childrens pajamas tight fitting/fire retardants was due to the primary heat source being wood. That still stands in some places, but certainly not with us. 


I found her a couple pairs of organic cotton pajamas at-sorry!-Walmart last year.  She prefers the fleece for warmth, though I provide learning moments regarding chemicals when I can!  (She will get there, her favorite movie is "No Impact Man!")

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:17:33 -0800
julsie on Polyester Fleece Plastic News I don't know how old your daughter is, but I've managed to find a lot of cotton pajamas for my girls, even at the major chain stores.  They're not as warm as fleece, but I like that they breathe better.  And when they get to size 6 or so, you can find flannel.

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:57:05 -0800
Amy on Polyester Fleece Plastic News Here's a link to a Mother Jones article on this:

I rarely buy/wear polyester, but I do love my fleece to get me through the winter.  I was so sad to read this.  I am not about to just get rid of the fleece I have, but I will think a lot about buying new stuff.  I am so glad that Patagonia is on this as I trust them to find a better way -- eventually!

I must add, on the topic of polyester kids pajamas -- most of them ARE made from polyester and they contain chemical flame retardants that are known carcinogens, and trace elements of these chemicals can be found in our blood!  We do get exposure to those chemicals in our lives in other ways as well, but I have never bought those types of pajamas for my daughter because I didn't want her sleeping with those chemicals for hours every night.  There is another trend to "wear snug fitting" cotton pajamas as a fire protective alternative.  Mostly I have purchased organic cotton pajamas/long johns from HannahAndersson.  A bit pricey (I have often gotten them on sale) but I figured well worth it, and they wear well and last a long time.  As she is outgrowing that style, she's been wearing regular old t-shirts and leggings to sleep in -- no fire retardant! 

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:33:56 -0800