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My Opinion on 57 Years of Plastics

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: It's a Wonderful Life
Rob Spiegel   11/12/2013 6:22:12 AM
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Good call out to It's a Wonderfull Life, BWmetz. It's nearly my favorite movie. I even saw it as a play last Christmas season. Great story, and yes, Sam did end up rich. But then we always knew he would amount to something.

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Re: Poolside plastics conversation
Bluebee   11/23/2013 6:38:56 PM
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Plastic in pharmaceuticals - that's the backside of using plastics.
These small particals used are showing up in water and are going into the food  chain with unknown results, like pesticides, hormones and other stuff harming our health.

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Re: Poolside plastics conversation
Rob Spiegel   11/25/2013 11:43:09 AM
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How are these particles used in pharmaceuticals, Bluebee? What's their function?

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Re: Poolside plastics conversation
Bluebee   11/25/2013 2:28:13 PM
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These plastic particles, mostly Polyethylene, are used in toothpaste (Pearls & Dents - 10%, Colgate Max White One. Elmex, etc.), peeling creme (Olaz, Vichy, bebe, Nivea) and other cosmetics for cleaning effects. These particles are ending up in waste water, but waste water cleaning doesn't remove these particles, they are too small, and so they are going into the food chain, even found in honey.
Sources:
http://plasticsoupfoundation.org/eng/nieuws/colgate-palmolive-answers-consumer-worried-about-microplastics/
http://www.ndr.de/ratgeber/verbraucher/mikroplastik101.html

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Re: Poolside plastics conversation
Rob Spiegel   11/26/2013 1:47:25 AM
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Thanks for the links, Bluebee. One thing I didn't get, though, is what type of damage the plastic micro particles cause.

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Re: Poolside plastics conversation
Bluebee   11/26/2013 1:17:26 PM
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The damage these particles are causing is still in research. One result of laboratory testing with mussels is that these plastic particles are going into the tissue, causing inflammation.

There is a movie out there, named "Plastic Planet", a documentation about a worldwide search for the results of producing plastic. You can see the trailer at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7X-J1DhfjE 

The full movie is on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKFRgM-4gxY

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Re: Poolside plastics conversation
Rob Spiegel   12/2/2013 8:59:48 AM
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Those are pretty good links, Bluebee. I wonder if the movie proposes any solutions to the problem.

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