• Posted by Califia Suntree on September 14th, 2010, 11:07 AM

    There’s a scene at the beginning of the 1989 movie Sex, Lies, & Videotape where the Andie MacDowell character is in therapy; when asked to talk about what’s been on her mind, she says “garbage.” Where it all goes, how much there is, how it just keeps coming … Now, there’s little to nothing from Sex, Lies & Videotape that I would say I “relate to,” but getting worked up over garbage, that’s been a lifelong issue. Especially plastic. It’s in the ocean and turtles eat it. It never fully disintegrates. It’s made out of petroleum. Now we learn it’s full of biosphenol-A and probably gives us diseases.

    Andie’s therapist (wisely) concludes that she obsesses about “negative things she has no control over” as some sort of avoidance mechanism, but when it comes to plastic, you do actually have some control. You can use less of it, impossible though that may seem in the age of extreme-packaging. At the website Life Without Plastic, you can stock up on everything from stainless steel ice cube trays to glass straws and plastic-free bottle brushes. At Reuseit.com, you will find oodles of  shopping bags in every shape and color, along with a bamboo spork (!), cotton produce bags, and these adorable velcro-sealed cotton snack bags.

    Incidentally, Dianne Feinstein (D, CA) has argued for an amendment to the pending Food Safety and Modernization Act that would ban biosphenol-A from children’s food and beverage containers. Of course, BPA is everywhere, not just in sippy cups—and we grownups should probably start paying attention.


  1. October 1st, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Those links are really helpful, I’ve been trying to transition from using plastics to glass and metal containers regarding food prep/storage because of some of the things I heard about BPA. It’s pretty scary stuff! Thanks for sharing the info and great links 🙂

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