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Plastics: Material-Specific Data | Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling | US EPA
In 2017, landfills received 26.8 million tons of plastic. This was 19.2 percent of all MSW landfilled.
plastic  trash  landfill  percent  waste  ecology  environment 
6 weeks ago by LizFlyntz
Troubled Water: Estrogen and its doppelgängers - EHN
These estrogenic compounds include many herbicides and pesticides as well as some plastic products, cosmetics, and industrial solvents, among others. And although they are not as "bioactive as pure estrogen, they get into the water supply in great quantities," Iwanowicz said.

Although weaker as an estrogen than a chemical designed as estrogen, such as the birth control pill, these estrogenic compounds may be of more concern than estrogen itself.
water  pollution  environment  industry  hormones  estrogen  endocrine  disruptors  systems  plastic  solvents  agriculture  birth  control 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
Americans' plastic recycling is dumped in landfills, investigation shows | US news | The Guardian
“Most people have no idea that most plastic doesn’t get recycled,” said John Hocevar, the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA, referencing a study which found that just 9% of all plastic ever produced has been recycled. “Even though they are buying something that they only use for a few seconds before putting it in the recycling bin, they think it’s OK because they believe it is being recycled.”

Commenting on the situation in Los Angeles and elsewhere, he said: “There’s no question that the No 3,4, 6 and 7 plastics are going into landfills and incinerators. We have a huge problem.”
plastic  recycling  ecology  environment  plastics  USA  world  greenpeace  trash  garbage  waste  carbon 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
Plastics and the Dangers of Plastic Additive Contamination on Food, Drink and the Environment
Endocrine disrupter chemicals tend to work as xenoestrogens that mimic natural estrogen in the body. This causes a hormonal imbalance in hormone critical areas of development such as the reproductive system. This results in disruptions to fertility and pregnancy plus increased chance of cancers in reproduction related areas of the body like the breasts, prostate and uterus.

Other chemicals like phthalates are antiandrogenic and interfere with testosterone function.

Fetal exposure to these chemicals can result in abnormal sexual development and cancers that don't grow until adulthood. As these chemicals can cross the placenta and be carried in breast milk, both unborn and newborn children can be exposed to the chemicals.
EDCs  endocrine  disruptor  plastic  additive  food  container  package  environment 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
Toxicity of plastics - Blastic
The harmful chemicals associated with plastics can be divided into three categories: ingredients of the plastic material, byproducts of manufacturing and chemicals adsorbed from the environment.
plastic  harm  toxic  environment  health  pollution  chemicals 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
The Plastic Industry’s Fight to Keep Polluting the World
containers made from plastics Nos. 3 through 7, all of which now have recycling rates close to zero.
recycling  capitalism  plastic  environment  ecology 
november 2019 by LizFlyntz
’End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World’ chronicles the many ways our world could end - The Washington Post
Yes, we’re in greater existential peril than we’ve ever been before, because on one hand we have those background risks (volcanoes, asteroids) that have always been with us, but we’re introducing new risks into the world, even as we’re more connected, which means that those risks can spread much more rapidly than in the past. And the spread of survivalism on one hand, and the techno-dystopians on the other, speaks to that, a recognition of where we’re at and where we’re going.
end  times  apocalypse  world  survivalism  disease  climate  change  ecology  environment  book  planet 
september 2019 by LizFlyntz
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