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Comments on Slow Love Life: BPA FREE PLASTIC IS NOT SAFE ENOUGH





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A great alternative to plastic water filter pitche...

2012-12-08T16:40:50.851-05:00

A great alternative to plastic water filter pitchers: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zachallia/soma-beautifully-innovative-all-natural-water-filt



Hello Dominique, Thanks for your excellent bloggi...

2011-05-09T16:08:23.328-04:00

Hello Dominique,

Thanks for your excellent blogging to get the word out that "BPA-free baby bottle" doesn't necessarily mean safe, pure, or even "free of estrogenic toxins". I work for PlastiPure, the company who did the study featured on NPR in March. We believe that plastic products that come in contact with food CAN be made free of estrogenic activity, though the big corporations often want to keep the status quo. Could I contact you directly some time soon? Thanks, Andy Starr andystarr@sbcglobal.net



I started to use the reusable "non plastic&qu...

2011-03-27T19:46:29.452-04:00

I started to use the reusable "non plastic" bags that can used for grocery shopping. Funny but they look like plastic too. They also harbor all kinds of bad germs...E coli for one. I tried throwing them in the washer, but they all fell apart and ripped. As far as the glass containers instead of plastic...they are just to heavy to lug.. the very reason why the plastic became to popular. Life is hard enough, give us a break, get a life, beyond your own small very elitist scope. The sooner you stop pandering to the rich and elite and over educated, and get down here on planet earth you might get a lot more bloggers!



ah yes and here in Maine, we have a new brain dead...

2011-03-21T12:25:39.816-04:00

ah yes and here in Maine, we have a new brain dead Republican governor who is rolling back legislation already passed outlawing BPA because he thinks its bad for business. he even made a public comment to the effect that it "will only grow little beards on women". of course, none of these businesses will ever spend a penny in Maine but what does he care. Between him and our newly Republican controlled legislature, don't come here for a vacation as we're about to become the most polluted state in the country just to attract new business. they want to throw out the bottle bill, roll back environmental laws that have been in place for 40 years. I even heard they are digging up Joe McCarthy to run our tourism business. our license plates will now read "Maine - Pollutionland"



Dominique (and fellow readers), maybe you'd be...

2011-03-14T13:10:30.053-04:00

Dominique (and fellow readers), maybe you'd be interested in reading my post about "convenience food", inspired by your column. I'd like to make the argument that all this pre-packaging is anything but convenient, even from a human standpoint (let alone the environment's), and the post was my first stab at it.

http://wwwmiscellaneousmusings.blogspot.com/2011/03/connecting-food-with-healthours-and.html



"Bag It" the movie does an excellent job...

2011-03-13T21:24:28.221-04:00

"Bag It" the movie does an excellent job of exploring plastic waste accumulation and discussing the toxcity. It also reveals how little of the plastic is really being recycled or reused. The film primarily advocates against one-use only products. It is certainly worth watching.



Privilege of Parenting: I'm afraid that plasti...

2011-03-13T14:04:58.686-04:00

Privilege of Parenting: I'm afraid that plastic may not be the least of our problems--just one that has a delayed effect. No less important than blood flowing in revolutions; simply not immediate. And definitely way past the Charlie S scale. I'm with you though on glass jars--and love your comment about the sands of times.

Yes, a new compassion--fashioned on the capacity for compassion that has evolved in us over the ages--is what is called for now.

VL I have the exact same problem, as I sometimes turn to take out food. Actually--notwithstanding all the conversation about cooking organically, farmers markets, and etc--this is the way the world is going. We'll be seeing much more prepared food in the supermarket aisles, as people devote less and less time to cooking. Therefore, we can beg our suppliers to come up with reusable containers, or bring pyrex to the supermarket!



Thank you for sharing these thoughts... I see some...

2011-03-13T13:50:17.544-04:00

Thank you for sharing these thoughts... I see someone just mentioned "Bag It" in the comments and I am happy to see word is getting out about this movie, too - it is EXCELLENT and does a great job in sharing information about BPA and the ACC... Watch for it this spring on PBS!!



A documentary called "Bag It" coming out...

2011-03-12T15:06:30.072-05:00

A documentary called "Bag It" coming out on PBS in april is about plastic bags in the U.S. and how we used 102 billion of them in 2009 and how seattle tried to charge a fee for plastic bags but was prevented from doing so by the American Chemistry Council (whose dear friend is Dow Chemical). but san francisco managed to ban them... in addition to the plastic being toxic, there's lead in the print on the bags.

i carry a reusable compact chico bag in my purse for all occasions. my daughter and her friend proudly showed me that they carried the few groceries they picked up rather than get a bag. and on those occasions when i forget to bring a bag, i just carry out whatever i've purchased, including clothes, without a bag... the days of stuffing bags into bags and then throwing them away when they get too stuffed should simply not be happening anymore. it is one of those simple habits that people need to change...



In England, Tesco, our biggest supermarket activ...

2011-03-11T17:49:58.151-05:00

In England, Tesco, our biggest supermarket actively push their plastic bags on customers. Could this be anything to do with advertising, the bags are NOT plain white! In France plastic bags hardly exist as in many other European countries why not here...............Julia



By the way, I found a fascinating article publishe...

2011-03-10T22:58:45.320-05:00

By the way, I found a fascinating article published on March 8, 2011 in The McGill Daily on what really happens to recyclable waste. Your readers may be interested in reading it here: http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2011/03/waste-mismanagement/.



Speaking of Chihuly & the environment, RISD is...

2011-03-10T22:30:19.177-05:00

Speaking of Chihuly & the environment, RISD is hosting a MAKE IT BETTER symposium on the integration of Art/Design & the future of Healthcare this Fri & Sat (the 11th & 12th)--a variety of topics, & possibly still some openings.



Thank you for this post. I am extremely sensitive ...

2011-03-10T20:39:53.097-05:00

Thank you for this post. I am extremely sensitive to all chemical additives in food and in detergents, shampoos, etc. BPH, as well as most other plastics can be eliminated if there exists the will to do so. Voices like yours, and mine do make a difference. Banning plastics shopping bags, as San Francisco has done, is a first initial step; there are so many more incremental steps that can be taken to move us towards a non-toxic planet. Please keep your voice loud.



Thanks for bringing this up - yes, it's terrib...

2011-03-10T17:22:25.970-05:00

Thanks for bringing this up - yes, it's terrible how plastic is silting up in the oceans and affecting the creatures there. Unfortunately it usually takes a real crisis before things will change.

Slightly off-topic, I wonder why glass bottles can't be re-used. Why do they have to be smashed in the recycling process and re-made? Here in the UK milk bottles used to be washed and re-used, ditto beer bottles. Maybe it's cheaper to just remake them? Where are they re-made - in the east, because people in the west don't want to work in bottle-washing or bottle-making factories? (No, I wouldn't like to do it either! - but it's an alternative to unemployment).

Ah well, these things are so complex!



This is really inspiring. Thank you!

2011-03-10T17:19:47.409-05:00

This is really inspiring. Thank you!



Thank you....smiles.

2011-03-10T14:16:15.999-05:00

Thank you....smiles.



Well said, Privilege of Parenting ...

2011-03-10T13:45:48.676-05:00

Well said, Privilege of Parenting ...



Sometimes I think we are in some parallel arc with...

2011-03-10T13:10:25.848-05:00

Sometimes I think we are in some parallel arc with ancient Rome, where it turned out that the lead plates and utensils were poisoning a society that had over-expanded and which operated on corruption and cruelty. The Christian epoch(meant to be about compassion, but which soon turned to conquest in its own right) arose out of the Roman dwindle, and now, perhaps, our very own culture is dying of materialism which comes in the form of plastic (i.e. moldable, fake, toxic, cheap and ubiquitous).

Could some sort of new compassion arise? Perhaps not here where we obsess on Charlie Sheen while revolution erupts and blood flows in corners of the world where plastic is the least of people's problems.

Here's to a good old glass jar, fashioned out of the sands of time.



I live in Manhattan and recycle assiduously, as we...

2011-03-10T12:44:40.392-05:00

I live in Manhattan and recycle assiduously, as well as take my food scraps for composting to the Union Square Greenmarket. But as a single person living alone, I have had to resist mightily the temptation to buy prepared food when I've been feeling lazy. In fact, it was my abhorrence of all the plastic, most of which is not picked up curbside in NYC (they only pick up plastic bottles and jugs; the food containers, luckily, can be taken back to Whole Foods for recycling) that made me determined to cook at home more. Not my health, not my widening girth -- it was the plastic! (Well, whatever it takes, right?) Basically, getting rid of plastic in my life has entailed eating more healthily -- cooking fresh ingredients at home, not ordering take-out from places that use plastic containers, not buying those wonderful single-serving desserts that tempt me in the Whole Foods line. In fact, I recently vowed to eat only those treats I make myself, which, given the delayed gratification involved, has improved my diet. Plus, not only is it enjoyable to make wonderful food with my own hands, but it's often better than the stuff I can buy, it's definitely less expensive on a per-serving basis, and the leftovers cater to that lazy side of me that wanted to buy just one serving of dessert in a plastic container.

It troubles me that we tend to look to technology for answers, when often it is technology (and the increasing individualization of our society) that is the cause of the problem. Returning to a previous way of doing things (cooking in one's own home) turns out to have all sorts of beneficial consequences (better diet, building skills, the sensual pleasures of preparing and eating good food) that myriad technologies together aren't addressing successfully (diet pills, gym memberships, "time savers" and plastic recycling aren't making us healthier or preventing plastic waste ending up in the ocean and landfills).



It is so good to see you address this at length Do...

2011-03-10T12:21:35.066-05:00

It is so good to see you address this at length Dominique. Our health and tthe Planet Earths health is so important!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena



Santa Monica just banned all plastic bags for mark...

2011-03-10T11:33:42.094-05:00

Santa Monica just banned all plastic bags for markets and retail stores. They have given until Sept 1 for everyone to get on board. It is a start. Also EWG.org is working constantly on legislation to end BPA everywhere.



I'm glad someone of your stature wrote with su...

2011-03-10T10:46:20.297-05:00

I'm glad someone of your stature wrote with such directness about this problem. I posted last year about how I'd noticed the amount of plastic I was taking to recycling had grown abominably and how worrisome it was. I try to not buy anything in plastic but it is actually impossible - for as Judith says even glass is often sealed or lidded with plastic. My local grocery store, and I'm sure it the same at its other branches across the country, touts its green mission constantly yet continues to increase the amount of plastic packaging in its stores. I once asked why cheese could not be wrapped in paper and the man at the counter said it was too expensive and only plastic was economical.

Frightening!



Excellent post and excellent video. The amount of ...

2011-03-10T09:56:54.142-05:00

Excellent post and excellent video. The amount of packaging — plastic packaging specifically — has always horrified me. Especially since my husband started shopping at Costco. Even if you buy something in a jar, you have to remove a plastic seal before you can open it.

And what about other things that come packaged in plastic? It requires brute force to get through it all to remove the plastic.

Sometimes all the environmental issues are overwhelming but if we each are persistent in raising our voices, I have faith that we can make a difference.

Thanks, Dominique, for continuing to remind us that there will be much more beauty to take in via Slow Love if we each do what we can to protect our planet.



Thank you! I'll be following links and readin...

2011-03-10T08:59:11.900-05:00

Thank you! I'll be following links and reading, and sharing what I learn with friends/family.



When we beguine with recycling all plastic, soft a...

2011-03-10T08:35:07.719-05:00

When we beguine with recycling all plastic, soft and hard products I realized how much plastic packaging I brought home every week, mostly with food. I will watch the video of Beth Terry.