Why are plastics harmful?

Plastics are harmful to our health, our environment and they’re changing our ecosystems.

Most of us come into contact with some form of plastic everyday - plastic particles seep into the food we eat, the water we drink, the oceans we swim in, and we can even find microplastics in the air we breathe. We urgently need to work with our government to form a comprehensive plastic action plan. Plastic production has to be reduced, just as alternatives should be encouraged.

 

According to the Yale School of Environmental Studies:

There is also now abundant research that links BPA and phthalate exposure to such human health concerns as deformities of the male and female genitals; premature puberty in females; decreased sperm quality; and increases in breast and prostate cancers, infertility, miscarriages, obesity, type 2 diabetes, allergies and neurological problems, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Source: The Problem with Plastics – Yale

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What are microplastics?

Microplastics  are a growing environmental concern  - they are small, barely visible pieces of plastic that enter and pollute our environment. They are defined as plastic particles less than 0.2 inches (5 mm) in diameter.

According to a recent study, microplastics were found in over 94 percent of U.S. water samples. To combat the growing issue of microplastics, the U.S. passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act in 2015, banning plastic microbeads from cosmetics, personal care products, and non-prescription (also called “over-the-counter" or "OTC") drugs, such as toothpastes.

 

How can we fight plastic pollution?

Click here: take the pledge and say NO to plastic

Jersey City’s
Single-use Plastic Bag Ban

Starting JUNE 28th, 2019
Jersey City will enforce a city-wide ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags.
This means customers will need to bring their own reusable bag or use alternative bag provided by retailers (for a cost or for free). The ordinance also bans non-recycled paper bags and biodegradable plastic bags that are not at least 2.25 millimeters thick. However, bags used for produce, frozen food and meats and pharmacy bags for prescriptions are exempt. Read more about Ordinance 18-065 here.

Fo more info about bag ban, click here.

 

Watch and learn more about Jersey City’s Plastic Bag Ban

 
 

Make more informed decisions when recycling by learning about plastic codes.

If you turn over a plastic container, you’ll see a recycling symbol followed by a recycling number. Contrary to popular belief, the number does not indicate material hardness.

The numbers found on the bottom of plastic products are resin identification codes that were established by the Society Of Plastics Industry (SPI) in 1988 to help consumers identify the plastic type of various containers and products.

 
Chances are, you've bought a plastic container at some point in your life-and since it had those three little arrows on the bottom, you figured you could recycle it. But those symbols mean a lot more than you think. They tell you what kind of plastic a product is made from, and even how recyclable it is.

Listen to On The Record NJ speak about New Jersey’s state battle against plastics.


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