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How Addiction to Plastic Poisons Our Planet

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  • Today’s “throwaway society” has created mountains of plastic waste, including billions of bottles and bags that clog up landfills and take hundreds of years to break down, as this documentary shows
  • Twenty billion pounds of plastic is making its way into our oceans each year, where wave action turns them into a plastic soup; the five oceanic gyres each have massive whirlpools of trash in their cores, damaging sea life and marine ecosystems
  • Fish and other sea creatures are being contaminated with plastic, in and around their bodies; sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish (their favorite food), and albatrosses are found strangled to death by plastic six-pack rings; many species consume plastic “nurdles” and suffer dire consequences, including death
  • Chemicals from plastic waste harm living things all the way up the food chain, from plankton to humans; BPA and BPS disrupt embryonic development and are linked to heart disease and cancer; phthalates (such as the plasticizer DEHP) disturb gene expression
  • Even more disturbing, a groundbreaking study suggests serious adverse health problems may be passed down multiple generations
  • Suggestion are given about how you can break your plastic addiction and reduce your own plastic footprint

By Dr. Mercola

We live in a throwaway society. The next time you’re in a grocery store, take a look around you and note the number of items packaged in plastic.


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