Learn about the effects of plastic on our natural environment
Wean yourself from the bottle and do the world a world of good!
The public is becoming more and more aware of the detrimental effects of plastic on the environment. Unfortunately, the bottled water industry has exacerbated the problem immensely with a steady stream of plastic bottles adding to landfill, fuel intensive recycling, and ultimately to a giant mass of plastic in the pacific ocean, twice the size of Texas, which is slowly degrading, blocking the sun and suffocating plankton and hence the source of food and life for all ocean creatures.
Articles and Information On Plastic Reduction Efforts
Article about the disappearance of public drinking water fountains: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/gleick/detail?entry_id=72937
Book: Bottled and Sold: http://islandpress.org/bookstore/detailsfad4.html?prod_id=1858
French Drinking Water Fountain: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/22/am-french-fountain-delivers-sparkling-water/
Forum: More Bad News on BPA?
Listen to this KQED discussion on BPAs with Dave Iverson.
Baby bottles Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly used in household products, can interfere with the effectiveness of drugs used to fight breast cancer, according to a new California Pacific Medical Center study. Find out about the new research and a proposed California ban on BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups manufactured or sold in the state.
Host: Dave Iverson
Test Your Knowlege of Plastic
If you guessed 'C' on all answers, you got them all right!
Check your Answers here: earth911
Learn how to reduce your Plastic Footprint: Plastic Manners
(Warning, this information may disrupt complacency, may raise your ire, and may instigate activism. We hope so!)
The Plastic Gyre in the Pacific Ocean
Read about the great plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean on Wikipedia:
Track the Plastiki Expedition! documenting the plastic island. http://www.theplastiki.com/trackplastiki/
Listen to Michael Davis on Ron Owens show about bottled water.
Read about State of California Bottled water woes here, put out by the State's Department of Conservation: