Horror film aficionado? Do you have un explained allergies? Are you infertile? Have you gone from fat to obese ( with no logical explanation)? You may want to include the documentary "Plastic Planet" on your must see films before you die list:) . The premise of the documentary is to reveal the way plastic has taken over earth, invaded our bodies ( if you are pregnant - for three generations ) and ( make a note of this ) how top multinational companies ( for example: Bayer / Mitsubishi / Dow/ GE ) which are responsible ( and don’t want to be held accountable ) for the packaging of food are cautious about labeling the plastic they package food in as potentially harmful ( to you and your pets ).
In the film, Werner Boote ( the grandson of a plastics magnate ) guides us on a global tour of 14 countries introducing viewers to the way plastic has been used in biology, chemistry, industry and technology. The plastic industry was cautious about speaking with him on camera and sent Ray Hammond author of the “World in 2030” to discuss how plastic will mature into cognitive, self healing, sentient, transmitting – species ( OMG a species of plastics?? ( think “I Robot ).
The life of a plastic bottle is about 500 years ( that is about six generations of your family )
When plastic is heated ( dishwasher / by the sun heating up the interior of your car ) for example it deteriorates and lets off chemicals that lead to our ( and other animal and mammalian species ) deterioration – how?
Change in Estrogen Levels OR it can trigger hormone like signals ( via the umbilical cord for example )
Cancer triggers ( remember Cancer is the result of a series of triggers that send YOUR cells against you - this is the VERY simple explanation of course but basically plastic insults if you will the mechanisms of our bodies in ways that are only now being revealed to lay people – just like YOU and ME.
Since 1998 just 10 out of 100,000 ( ? ) chemicals have been researched as harmful to us as a result of plastic.
Think about it – society and authoritative bodies ( such as governments ) have ( mostly ) won the uphill battle for labeling our food – we so we know what is in packaged food. HOWEVER there is NO label on packaged food telling us what is in the packaging!
The emerging ( and well funded ) field of Bio Plastics, shows promise in that due to spread thin petroleum resources consumers may see more Bio Plastic food packaging on their supermarket shelves and with proper labeling be able to make informed choices which will aid in the prevention of allergies and illnesses for them their children and their pets.
Multinational Plastic Corporations are loathe to share information with the general public ( who has not asked pertinent questions en masse ) about the potential dangers of every day plastics ( baby bottles, water bottles, packaged foods, clothing, and the bottles prescription medications are packed in.
YES – PLASTIC HAS IMPROVED OUR LIVES AND MADE THE FOOD INDUSTRY / WASTE MANAGEMENT / PACKAGING / DISTRIUBTION OF PRODUCTS/ SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND THE COSMETIC INDUSTRY more efficient/ productive/ safe/ and available to people on a global scale but these wonders of the modern world are not free – YOU pay for them with your life in many ways which are not over the long term beneificial ( if the planet no longer produces food or has fresh water and if people are sick what good is make up or a plastic container ( both are petroleum products ).
What can you do?
Reconsider frequenting any restaurant which displays plastic food – the Urban Veggie Girl considers this a clear indication that this type of establishment DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU OR THE PLANET – AVOID:)
Watch Plastic Planet Have a Plastic Planet Friday night movie party ( serve food in non plastic containers )
Learn More visit plastic-planet.at
Reduce your plastic use – this has to be said because plastic is becoming cheaper, more readily available ( especially to low income demographics ).
STOP drinking water out of plastic bottles and glasses.
WRITE to your congressional representative about the plastic company in your community. Hold the company responsible for labeling the products they produce – this simple action will have a huge impact on the lives of you, your kids, your garden and your pets ( the birds will thank you too )
Ask your primary physician to do blood work which includes revealing the amount of chemicals your body contains as a result of plastic. The film revealed that couples who had low fertility levels or who could not conceive at all had many times the level of chemicals related to plastic than couples with healthy children!!
REPLACE your plastic dog and cat bowls with ceramic bowls –AND replace the plastic bird feeder ( which is deteriorating via weather conditions and emitting chemicals into the air ) with a wooden one – or just feed the birdies with a dish – they won’t mind.
Ask your allergist and or nutritionist about what changes you can make to avoid living with and digesting plastic – your quality of life may significantly improve.
If you wear makeup check out the ingredients and ask the company what the packaging is made out of – the changes you make may improve your look and your health!
Remember over 700 studies have been published which prove plastic won’t kill you instantly but it can kill you over time – killing me softly is not OK stop paying the plastic industry to kill you over time – they don’t care about your quality of life I DO:)