I know that we earth lovers are into recycling, and this is a noble pursuit.
But, reading Garbageland, Cradle to Cradle, and Living Downstream, (all by scientists or science journalists) I now understand our dilemma. We consumers cannot safely use plastic. There are a very few exceptions, but it takes rocket science to figure it out.
Short of reading all three books to get the scoop, you can think of it like this...
- plastic is often burned in incinerators (a big no no... let's out lots of toxins into the air)
- most plastic is not truly recyclable (even the ones we "recycle" because they have the right numbers). It is "down-cycled" and eventually gets trashed anyhow (a big no no, let's out lots of toxins into the ground water)
- many plastics are suspects in cancer development (so why are plastic water bottles still made with antimony, a heavy metal that leaches into the liquid inside?)
What to do? Here's my new glass pitcher, from Bed Bath and Beyond, for $7. I'm trying to avoid buying anything in plastic, especially liquids. I got my new glass food storage containers for Christmas, and am re-using many glass jars.
And I'm blogging about it so the plastic makers of the world can come up with a new, safer solution.
Photo by L.L. Barkat. "Satan's Resin" is a chapter title in Garbageland.