entropyembrace wrote:Besides...why is plastic such a huge pollution problem?
Because it doesn´t break down easily...
meaning...plastic is very stable
meaning...it´s extremely difficult for plastics to actually get into your body.
That logic is unfortunately very flawed. (And please, I don't mean to offend!)
This is a huge topic, I'm not really sure if we want to get into it
Suffice it to say, plastic is convenient for civilization and civilization as we know it wouldn't exist without it.
However, we, as consumers, as human beings, can try to avoid potentially (most likely) harmful (for us and other life forms on this planet) materials where there are alternatives that do not inconvenience us to the point where it puts us at a significant (for instance, competitive) disadvantage.
An easy thing to do is to stop drinking out of plastic bottles (for your health's, the planet's and the animal's sakes) or stop using plastic grocery bags, especially the ones that are just used in the store and on the way home and get thrown away (off to eventually kill some fish in the sea...) after being used for a whopping total of 20 minutes of use. Use a) reuseable non-plastic things, b) compostable things.
entropyembrace wrote:risks from some plastics...[..] nothing is known for sure.
That is what should make us more, not less wary in my opinion.
I stopped using plastic for food or drink a while ago. Glass and stainless steel are not that much less convenient and even have their advantages over plastic in some areas.
Asbestos was a standard material used in countless buildings around the world, now everybody knows it's hazardous to your health.