Poohblah wrote: Stentor wrote:
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.
Do you want to explain how it's flawed? Because ee's logic looks pretty solid to me.
Well, yeah, I agree, if that was all there was to it, the logic would be correct.
Unfortunately it is much more complex and we can't draw conclusions so simply (one way or the other, I guess).
Something not breaking down for a long time doesn't mean it is not losing parts of itself and causing harm along the way. (This here is the biggest flaw.)
There are very different kinds of plastics. Some safer
than others, some very harmful (one that everybody knows is PVC) and some are appropriate for uses for which others are not.
And apparently it is very easy for plastic to get into our bodies. In fact it is practically certain that all of us who are talking about it right now have it in our bloodstreams right now.
Apparently it is in all the plastic wrapped food, leading some people to consider the packaging manufacturers to be the biggest producers of "food additives".
It seems to be a real problem. If we should freak out about it, I don't know and I don't. Should we try to live with less of the stuff? Probably.
I'm just saying what I have read/seen about the topic, I'm not a chemist or biologist and have not done related research myself