The Advantages Of Using Plastics

182 history of plasticsPlastic products have been one of the best sellers in the market because of the many great benefits that it gives to people. Since the day plastics where introduce to the market, people have used it up to this day. The reason is plastic last for a long period of time. Plastic do not dissolved unless you burn it to ashes. There are so many advantages when you are using plastic products. You might notice that most of the packaging is made from plastic materials. There are different types of plastics; generally there are soft type of plastics that is used to make plastic bags and the hard type of plastics that is used for packaging like with shampoo, oil, and more. Now, what are the advantages of using plastics? But do you have any idea about history of plastics?

 

Recyclable

One of the top reasons why people love to use plastic products is because it could be recycled. After using those plastic products like the plastic bottle, you can actually reuse it several times like you could refill it. In some places, plastic bottles are also use to store other products like soy sauce, vinegar, cooking oil, and other liquid products. Aside from that, plastic bags can also be reused. Like those plastic bags that you get from groceries, you can store them because you might need it in the future like if you need extra bag for your excess baggage. The good thing about plastic is they do not easily wear off.

 

Last Forever

Another reason why plastic are very popular is because they last forever. Plastic could last forever. They do not wear off or decayed. So, if you want to buy something that would last for a long period of time, you need to buy plastic products.

 

Cheaper

Another factor is plastic cost cheaper compared to crystals or other products especially with kitchenware. But there are two types of plastics: high quality and low quality plastics. High quality plastics may cost more but quality wise, they are really durable. So, it will be worth the money because they do not break easily.

 

Durable

When you are buying plastic products, you also need to be sure that you are buying high quality so it will be durable and would last for a long time. Low quality plastics can easily break that is why they cost really cheap.

Now, these are the few main reasons why people choose to buy plastics than other products.

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Lifespan Of Plastics: Why You Should Use Plastic Products

085 lifespan of plasticsHave you noticed that the use of plastic products is very popular? Anywhere you look there are plastic products that you can use from home decors, utensils, cabinets, plastic bottles, plastic wrappers, plastic bags, and other plastic products that we use. Why do you think that plastic are very popular? Why you should use plastic products? The answer to that is very simple; the life span of plastics lasts forever. When we talk of plastics, there are two types that you can buy in the market, the low-quality plastics and the high-quality plastics. Of course their prices also vary from its quality. I’m sure that you have seen low-quality plastics and how they look like. Low-quality plastics are not that durable. They easily break and worn. Unlike those high-quality plastics, they are durable and they don’t easily wear. So, if you are buying plastic products, I would suggest that you should buy genuine or original plastic products if you want them to last for a long period of time.

The good thing about plastic is they are unbreakable. This is another reason why you should use plastic products. So, even if you accidentally drop them on the floor, they will not easily break especially those durable types of plastics. So, if you do not want breakable things in your house, I would suggest that you use plastic products. Another advantage of using plastic items is they are very affordable and you can buy them anywhere. This is in fact an alternative for people who do not want to use breakable things in their home like vase, glass table, and other breakable home decors. Home decors that are made of glass usually cost more compared to plastics. One more advantage is plastic are recyclable. You can always recycle plastic which can help you save money. Now you see all the advantages of using plastics? Not to mention the lifespan of plastic could last forever which is another factor that will help you save some money.

However, because of the popularity of plastics and because people today becomes dependent to plastics, and most plastic items are disposable, they cause harm to the environment. Since the plastic do not dissolve, they could cause flood if they block the drainage, sometimes birds eat them and it cause death to the birds, and the process of making plastic the carbon dioxide is causing harm to the atmosphere.

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Say Goodbye To Plastics And Hello To Better Alternatives

030 healthy alternative of plasticsThe use of plastic in our day to day activities is very important. It is used to store and organize things. It is used widely in various businesses. Grocery stores’ number one containers for their products are plastics, restaurants that have take-out orders use plastics and every store out there uses plastics. This means that it is difficult to phase out totally the use of plastics since aside from the inconvenience that it can bring to everyone, it might be hard to find for some healthy alternatives. It has been prevalent how plastics have great negative impacts on health and environment.

However, plastics are made up of carbon and other harmful materials. Because of this, using of plastics has to be reconsidered. If possible, try to use alternatives of plastics to lessen having lots of used plastics in the environment. In the end, plastics would be burned down which in effect may lead to serious problems resulting from its hazardous chemical emissions.

Even though plastics are deeply embedded into our lives that we think it might be nearly impossible to get rid of them, think twice. It is better to go dogging out on alternatives rather than suffering for the next decades and centuries.

Here are some examples of healthy alternatives to use rather than plastics:

Food

Many people use plastics to store food. When you want to give some food to your relatives or neighbor, do not put it in plastics. Rather, have some reusable alternative containers. Use stainless steels containers when packing lunch for your children. Always see to it that for food storage or other purposes, use trusted tupperwares and other reusable containers. Remember that having your food inside the plastic may contaminate it with harmful substances without you knowing it. It is better to be safe starting now.

Outdoor Use

Whether you may want to go to grocery stores, markets or shopping malls, bring with you baskets or used bags as alternatives for plastics. Recycled papers are now used for breads and other goodies. Some grocery stores are starting to implement the use of bags on a selected day to lower plastic consumption.  Use reusable shopping bags when you want to go shopping.  Some malls are also offering bags rather than plastics for its customers.  Opt for non-plastic utensils when dining out at a fast-food chain. Always choose the healthy options.

When you want to, there can be a lot of alternative methods to do and to use instead of having plastics. Have a healthy and safe lifestyle. If made by everyone, we can help save the Mother Earth and prolong the wellbeing of the environment.

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What Are The Benefits Of Plastics

179 benefits of plasticsDo you have any idea why plastic is the main material used these days? There are actually some good reasons why many businesses use plastic products for their businesses. Later we will know what those reasons are. Plastic products are one of the best sellers in the world. Plastic manufacturers make billions of dollars from it. One of the best features of plastics why people love to use them is they are unbreakable and reusable. I think these two reasons are already enough to convince people to buy and use plastics. But the thing is there are more reasons why people should use plastics. Here are the other benefits of plastics that can easily convince people to buy and use them.

 

They Last For A Long Period Of Time

Aside from being unbreakable and reusable, plastic can last for a long period of time. In fact, plastics can last for a lifetime. Plastics don’t dissolve and they don’t decay. They stay as they are even if it takes many years. If you use plastic, you will be able to use them for so many years and this can save you lots of money. But there are two types of plastics that you can buy at the market, the high-quality plastics and the low-quality plastics. High-quality cost more and they are more durable compared to low-quality plastic which can easily break.

 

Durable

Another convincing factor of plastic is its durability. Because plastic are durable, people love to use them as displays, packaging, and as toys. High-quality plastics can I fact stay for a lifetime and they don’t need any preservation techniques just to keep them durable. They are actually made to last for a lifetime.

 

Available Everywhere

Another convincing factor is its availability. You can buy plastic anywhere. You will have no problem where to buy them because they are sold anywhere. So, if you want to buy plastic wares like kitchenware, just go to the kitchen section of the department store and you will have all the choices you need for your kitchen.

 

Cheap

Last but not the least, plastic are very cheap and affordable that’s why people choose them. Many people can afford those glass ware which cost more than plastic wares. You can buy as many plastics as you want and it will suit to your budget especially nowadays that there are class type of plastics sold in the market.

Plastics are also kid friendly because they don’t break when they fall. So, your children will be safe to hold them and even drop them.

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The Effects Of Plastic Bottles To Our Health

056 plastic water bottle controversyWe use plastic in everything we do and our surroundings are full of plastic materials. Plastics can be seen everywhere whether at home, school or work even at the park. One of the most used plastic materials in our community would be probably plastic water bottles because most of us depend on grocery stores or any convenience stores whenever we are outside or anywhere in public. You might have heard about the famous plastic water bottle controversy and the only concern of this controversy is between our health and plastic bottles.

Some of us buy jugs and bring them to school or rather to work if we want to reserve water for the day whenever we are thirsty. But the majority of people who do not have water jugs to bring with them are refilling the last plastic water bottle. It saves money and time for some of us. They also consider that it is a type of recycling since we use it again and only refills it whenever it is empty. They even use it until they have bought another plastic bottle. But many of us do not know the risks that we are taking whenever we use this kind of materials, it might be something that we might not expect and would lead to unwanted results in our health.

There are substances that are within these plastics that we are not fully aware of and it can greatly harm our body. The plastic water bottle controversy just proved that these bottles are poisonous to our human body and it can trigger a deadly cancer. There are compounds that are mixed to produce plastic bottles. These compounds can leach from the plastic material container into the food or water that we consume. It is more dangerous if the temperature is high which contributes to the poisonous effects of using plastic materials.

The alternative of using harmful containers would be using stainless containers or jugs. You can assure that whenever your jug is clean, there will be no negative effects to our health. This is only to remind parents or adults to choose carefully the things that we use when we consume food or water. Water itself can be clean and purified if it is from a guaranteed producer but plastic bottles that are repeatedly over and over can be one of the reasons that we experience sickness in our health that we might not know.

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3 Major Health Concerns About Plastics

One of the main issues today that is being argued and talked about is plastic health concerns. It become very rampant in this generation, since nowadays, we become very dependent to this material and before it’s too late, we should give proper attention to it. It’s a given fact that through plastic our lives were made easier, many people were given the chance to earn, and plastic industries are becoming more and more prosperous since the demand to it is always high. But, of all the comfort and ease that we are experiencing now, we tend to forget that there is still threat to our health. I’m not sure if you are aware that plastics have special components that could affect not only our health but also our environment. When enter the grocery stores or any convenient store, could you see how many plastic products are there? Try to imagine that those plastic bottles and other plastic packaging were distributed all over the world that would be hundreds of trucks loaded of plastic waste every single day.

052 plastics health concerns

If you care about yourself and your environment, now is the time to think about it and our planet’s welfare. It’s a fact that in the future the demand of plastic products will get higher and higher. Now, if this is the case, what shall we do?  How will we address to lower the risk of health problems? Should we shift to glass or metal products? Or should we continue using plastic products? Let me tell you of the health risk that plastic could do to you and to the environment.

It’s a fact that plastics are not eco-friendly material, in fact they cause pollution to the air and water. Many animals have died because they ate plastic, and plastic don’t easily dissolved. If you want to get rid of plastic, you need to burn it. But when you burn it also causes air pollution. I would assume that you know the smell of a burning plastic. It has that foul smell that we could stand not to cover our nose because it hurt our nose and it gives us headache.

Have you heard of the term ‘plastic in your food?’ Experts have studied that it’s possible that we are eating plastic in our food. When food it stored in a plastic packaging for a long period of time, which most of the products today are sealed in plastic container, some of the component of plastic are mixed to our food. These chemicals are unhealthy; in fact they could cause cancer in the future.

To our environment, aside from air pollution, plastic can also cause flood, because they don’t easily dissolve, in fact they stay forever. So when they are stocked in drainage it causes flood, and flood could cause diseases.

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Is It True There Are Plastics In Our Diet?

026 plastics in our dietHave you ever heard of the issue that there are plastics in our diet? I know what you are thinking right now, don’t worry I thought the same way too, but as I do my research about plastic in our diet, I was surprised that it’s really true. You may still not convince but later you will understand how plastics were included in our diet. You might be thinking right now that you are safe because you are not literally eating plastics, but chances are, you can be one of the 93 percent of Americans with a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) in their bodies. Or, you can also belong to the 75-plus percent of Americans with detectable levels of phthalates in their urine. Did you know that both of the chemicals mentioned (bisphenol A and phthalates) are found in plastics?

Now, still the question is not answered – how can plastics be included in our diet? Here is the simple answer to that. Have you heard of the saying “you are what you eat?” We can get these harmful chemicals from the food that we eat and drink. When you do your grocery, have you noticed something, especially with processed and reserved foods? They are packed in plastic materials like food packaging, plastic wraps, and in pesticides. This chemical can easily leach into your body. The same effect with BPA, which is a chemical used for polycarbonate and the linings of beverage and food containers. According to researchers, the levels in the body increase by nearly 70 percent after people drink out of polycarbonate (#7) plastic bottles for just one week.

But sometimes we can’t really avoid to use these plastic sine most f the things that we buy are packed or sealed in plastic. So, to protect yourself you should know how to choose the lesser evil. In choosing plastic bottles, choose those that have the recycling code 1, 2, or 5. Recycling codes 3 and 7 are more likely to have BPA or phthalates. Never use plastic containers to heat food and never put them in dishwasher. This can damage them and can increase the leaching. Another is avoid consuming fatty food like meats because they are normally packed in plastics wraps, which is usually PVC and contains phthalates that lower testosterone levels. And last but not the least, BPA can also leach into food from cans and jar lids. You can choose those fresh or frozen vegetables and beverages in glass bottles – especially those acidic once like beer.

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Where Plastic Comes From: What Makes It Possible?

095 where platistic comes fromWhere does plastic come from? You probably don’t think of this question not until you read it. Not all of us ask about plastic or where it really comes from. For some, it is a less important question, uninteresting, non-sense, etc. But, if you start to wonder where it really rooted, then you find answers. Plastic is found anywhere. It is considered useful especially today. The modern people are busy. We tend to do multiple things in a day. This is why we find it convenient to use plastic often. We have lots of plastic-made items at home from chairs to cabinets, kitchen utensils, etc. No doubt it is useful. It makes life more convenient. Many manufacturers include it as one of the many ingredients in manufacturing cups, bottles and containers. Some are good as decorations at homes, hotels or offices. With too much dependency on such material, how can we get out from it? Do you think life is still possible even without it?

Plastic is in demand because of its qualities. Compare to other materials, this is more durable, elastic, easy to clean, lightweight, flexible, etc. These qualities are the reasons behind its popularity. But, is this a man-made material or gift of nature? For some, it is believed that the material exists out of research and experimentations. Yes, it is man-made. Stop believing that it occurs naturally. The procedures in making plastic are complex. It requires knowledge to perfect the kind of plastic that you need. The process involves oil’s carbon content. Oil is loaded with a lot of carbon. That’s why it is used in the making. Carbon is minute in size and is not seen using the naked eye. But, through it, plastic is made possible. Aside from oil, other carbon sources that become necessary in plastic manufacturers are carbon coming from plants, coal and water. Good quality plastic is obviously made of good quality materials. But, the material is not heat resistant. It melts when intense heat is applied. It changes its physical look. Burning of such material is highly prohibited. Why? It gives off hazardous chemicals into the air resulting to pollution.

Yes, it is clear that plastic is made out of man’s knowledge and effort.

Despite its usefulness, it is still a big threat to the only living planet. Everyday, trucks of plastic wastes are thrown. Dump sites can’t anymore accommodate. This is why concerned agencies find better ways to answer the problem. They come up with machines that could minimize plastic-based wastes. Others promote recycling and proper waste segregation.

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Know About The History Of Plastics

184 history of plasticsWe use plastics in our everyday life to put our things in when we only need something completely temporary. It is also because we would like to be able to know how to properly dispose these things because these can be considered harmful to the environment. It is really something that you need to consider because the environment is what we are trying to see great right now. That way, we would like to make sure that we see these things as a way to help the environment. There are many people who would like to use these and are using it but would like to see that they are also providing environmental aid. That way, use of plastics can be not harmful to environment.

The start of these items have something to do with our needs as a consumer because these are used in many grocery stores because they needed these bags to put their customers items. With these, they have provided that need. It was also known that these items were made with synthetic chemicals and petrochemicals that allow it to be really great to have. It really is something that you would need to have when you would like to see how these are as bags. It is tough and durable unless forcibly torn. It is also important that we be able to see how to keep reusing it because it can cause a global problem.

It already has and the whole world of consumers is really doing their best to use brown paper bags to help the environment. Unlike plastics, these are biodegradable and may be safely disposed of. It is also important that we be able to remember to also not buy plastics because we have a lot which come from the grocery store. Though brown paper bags do have a disadvantage and that is we end up having to pick up our items when it tears. So, now, we have biodegradable plastics which may be alright to be disposed of.

With these, we are trying to really satisfy our customers’ needs and our environment. We really should do our best in trying to save our world because it is the only one that we have. Remember that these are really important steps because it is part of living healthily. Go ahead and advocate for our planet because it is important to a lot of us.

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History Of Plastics: Since 1284 To The Latest

Care to know about the history of plastics? Why it is relevant to know? We see plastics around. They are used in every home, manufacturing company and establishment. Some can’t get rid of it as it is already a part of everyday life. Get inside your room. Count the number of items with plastic on it. The material makes our lives very convenient. It is flexible because it can be molded easily. It is also lightweight, durable and can resist tear and wear. It is also cheap or affordable. This is why most factories used plastics because they find it affordable. But, humans are becoming abusive. Garbage trucks are loaded of plastics each day. Some consider burning which is really harmful to the environment. Others don’t practice the art of recycling and re-using. This is why we are facing a huge problem on how to minimize plastic wastes. Before that, let us travel back to where such thing originated.

067 history of plastics

The earliest is during the year 1284. What is essential during 1284? In this year, the 1st recorded mention made by the Horner’s Company of London, with tortoiseshell and horn as the early natural plastic. In 1823, Macintosh makes use of rubber gum to waterproof cotton. The same year, “mac” was born. 39 years after, that was 1862, the Display of Parkesine (cellulose nitrate) took place in London’s Great International Exhibition. After 10 years (1872), the Hyatt Brothers came up with the first plastics injection molding machine followed by George Kodak patents machine for photographic film and Viscose silk developed by Bevan and Cross. The discovery involving plastic never stopped. All look forward in producing the best quality material.

During 1900-1929, there are great achievements. People continuously experience triumph in discovering the world of plastic. The years between 1900-1929 are even fruitful with the rise of Casein plastics by Erenoid, Viscose stockings of Germany, Eichengrun’s first cellulose acetate powder, phenolic laminates, thiourea formaldehyde resins, coloured thermosetting plastic tableware, Eckert and Ziegler molding machines, Screw per-plasticisation in injection moulding, Crawford at ICI develops the first commercial synthesis of poly, Plunkett (DuPont) discovers PTFE, and more. Mentioned are few of the highlighted events happened in years 1900-1929.  A lot of things happened until the plastics of war.

1940s mark the plastics of war. During the 1940s, the application of polyethylene in radar, production of PVC and polyacrylonitrile (PAN) happened. In 1941, Whinfield and Dickson introduce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which later followed by the rise of a polyester fiber names Terylene.  7 years after, the Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) was produce and George deMestral popularized Velcro as the introduction of 12” long playing records lout of PVC appeared. In 1949, many significant events happened. It is where the 1st Airfix model produced, polystyrene was made as a commercial plastic and the launching of the USTupperware was made. Lycra was then invented by DuPont.

1950s are for fashion, textiles, toys, and domestic uses. Polyethylene bag appears, ICI starts a new factory at Redcar for Terylene production, Commercialisation of polyester fibres, Dow Chemical Co. introduces Polystyrene foam, DuPont files patents for 1st  acetals, Bayer and General Electric production of polycarbonates, and Barbie Doll is made possible by the Mattel at American International Toy Fair.

In 1960s and 70s, it was the year for plastics color and design. Water based acrylic paints came to rise. Polyaryletheretherketone (PEEK) was prepared by ICI. Then, the first commercial mobile phones took place. Right after these significant years, high performance plastics came. 80s and 90s are the years for high performance plastics. Linear low density polyethylene, HDPE pressure pipes, slim plastic Swatch, ICI and Bayer launch PEEK, light emitting polymers, smart cars, and more appeared.

The latest, Nano-Technology already penetrates also the NASA explorations and Polycond projects. These are focused to greener plastics that fit the future.

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Where Plastic Comes From: It’s Very Useful

In sometime in your life, have you ever ask yourself this question – where does plastic came from? For sure in one part of your existence you have thought of this since we are surrounded by this material. If you look around your house, groceries, malls, and everywhere, you will see things and materials that are made from plastic. But why did plastic become so popular and common? The answer to that question very simple, plastic are light in weight which is easy to carry, plastic are very durable and can last a lifetime, plastic are very available and easy to produce. If you check the market, there are different types of plastics available and for different usage. There are tough quality plastics that are made as containers to store products, food, and liquids. Another type of plastic that you can see is the plastic bag which is use to pack things like your groceries, clothes, and other things that you use, and plastic that is use to make furniture like tables and chairs.

095 where platistic comes from

But where does plastic actually come from? Plastic are man-made products, where man uses chemicals to make plastic. They use carbon and oil to make plastic. If they want to put some color they also incorporate coloring into the mixture. There are several companies that actually produce plastic materials where they use a machine to mix the ingredients and also come up with the product that they want. Plastic has made great impact in human lives in both positive and negative. The positive impact of plastic is it made the life of man easy and convenient. You can know store your food using plastic containers. Most of the plastic products are disposable so reduce the work of. In most parties, they use plastic cups and plastic plates and utensils to avoid breakables, washing, and clutters after the party. if you use plastic materials you can easily dispose it without worrying about your washing the used utensils. All you need to have is black bag where you can put it all there and throw it away.

The negative impact of plastic in human lives is it’s the number reason of clogged drainage. Since plastic are non-dissolvable, they are stocked inside the drainage and stops water from flowing which is the common cause of flood in one area. Most of the flood happens because the drainage is not working and when they check it it’s full of plastic products that were stocked in the hole. But this problem normally happens if the people in that area do not care about their surroundings and their environment. There are other places and countries that are very strict when it comes to garbage disposal where the citizens are not allowed to throw any garbage on the street. They need to properly dispose it to the garbage can. That’s why most of the places that have this kind of law have minimal experience when it comes to flood because their drainage is perfectly working. Plastic can only be dissolved if you burn it but the smoke will also create pollution in the air where it could affect the lungs of the people. So, make sure that you know how to properly dispose your garbage, try to segregate your garbage so you can properly dispose them.

Plastic are very useful and helpful but we need to know how to properly dispose it to avoid adding damage to the environment. Plastic were made to make our lives easy and not to make our life miserable because of carelessness. Take advantage of the usage of the plastic and you will see that your life will be much better.

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Bits Of Information About The History Of Plastics

There are different kinds of plastic but it is more essential to know about the history of plastics. From colored shopping bags to black garbage bags to Fisher-Price toys and plumbing pipes, plastic-based materials remain so useful. Yes, it is useful only if you use it right. This world is becoming more dependent to it which is now a threat to some of us. These materials are made out of the human interventions. The name plastic actually means easy to mold into different shapes or easy to bend. They’re made of hydrocarbon molecules and each molecule is made huge due to the carbon atoms and hydrogen atoms contained. A molecule is usually made of the hydrogen and carbon atoms. Some are dominated by carbon and hydrogen, sulfur, nitrogen atoms or even chlorine. The flexible molecules which give plastic their ability to stretch are due to the strong ability of carbon atoms to unite electrons together. The history of such material is not so good to know but it is essential to know especially if you like to make recyclable options. Aren’t you wondering why plastics aren’t dissolved in water? It is because the molecules contained on it are non-polar.

If you still go to school then you probably know a little on how plastics are manufactured. Due to unique human interventions, production is not a problem anymore. Manufacturing industries can make high-quality products with superb plastic material. Production is swift due to the machineries, methods and technology. Machines which are intended for plastic industry improved a lot. They can even operate even for long hours. Plastic is of different kinds. You can’t just say that the same plastic is use in making a bowl from those contained in helmets. Won’t you believe that wood is a useful material in the making? Yes, we have ping-pong balls, cellophane and celluloid film. A specific kind of plastic referred to as Polystyrene is made out of oil which includes Styrofoam. Polyvinyl Chloride or short for PVC is also made possible through oil but it is stronger just like pipes and VCRs do.  Nylon is another potential type. This is useful in the clothing industry like those who make and sell nylon stockings and parachutes. In paint, acrylic is still under the plastic family. Even in cars and soda bottles, plastic still intervened. For bullet-proof vests, Kevlar is simply amazing.

Knowing the history of plastic is relatively important to negative effects of plastic wastes around us. Yes, the world is completely polluted. Wastes taken from bigger factories are not the reasons of global warming, sickness and unhealthy environment. Plastics are always a part of our life. But, too much dependency to it might lead to destruction.

In 1862, the first man-made plastic was completely introduced at the Great International Exhibition. It is through Alexander Parkes that plastic started. In Parkesine or Parkes’ time, the material is molded with the use of heat but once totally cool, it could be back again to its original shape. In the 19th century, John Wesley Hyatt used celluloid which later becomes thermoplastic. Afterwards, Leo Baekeland which is a chemist invented the liquid resin or in short, thermoset plastic. The qualities become amazing since his discovery becomes beneficial to the armed forces.

Year after year, plastic evolves as history of plastics become lengthy. With a little know how about history, we get to travel back. We have determined the persons who made necessary contributions to the field. They have even succeeded in making their inventions. Why can’t you? But, we should use the material right. Repeat using when necessary and never burn plastic. Reuse and recycle. Be part of the amazing history.

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Plastic Water Bottle Controversy: Be Aware And Get Involved

The plastic water bottle controversy is something that you need to be fully aware of. It isn’t just an issue about environment; it is also an issue about human condition. You need to bear in mind that when nature strikes back, you will be surely affected. It is then very important that you take part in issues like this. You also need to remember that the human body requires a recommended eight glasses of water per day, that’s why people often carry water bottles with them so they can have access to water at all times. Now, the issue is that most of these plastic bottles are just being thrown aside and can cause a great deal of destruction to Mother Nature.

Instead of helping people bring along water with them anywhere they go, it started a plastic water bottle controversy. Yet, it is important that you do not plainly focus on the disadvantage alone because whether you accept it or not, there will also be some advantages that come along with it. To begin with, the disadvantage will only come in when you do not realize the value of proper disposal. Many people use plastic bottles because they are convenient and disposable, whereas bottles made from stainless steel or other reusable materials must be carried around when empty. It will surely be more confident if your drinking water is in a plastic bottle. Aside from the fact that it is way lighter, it can also be very handy for you.

In addition, as soon as the water is gone from a plastic bottle, you can simply get rid of it and move on to the next bottle. It is indeed that convenient. You never have to wash the container again because you can simply purchase a new one. Yet, this can be both a pro and a con for using plastic water bottles. First of all, if you choose to recycle the plastic bottles then the disposability becomes an advantage. In fact, over time there have been different kinds of recycled items that are still very useful. You can search through the internet about the ways in which you can recycle your used bottle of water. Truly, you can make a disadvantage becomes an advantage.   However, if you throw the bottle into a nearby garbage can instead, you are contributing to waste that takes a long time to degrade, furthering pollution and this is where the disadvantage comes in.

Another thing is that, the portability that these bottled water offers is indeed irresistible. The fact that you can take it with you anywhere you may go is indeed a great convenience in your end. In fact, when you need to take water on the go, having a container to transport it in is essential. Plastic water bottles offer that portability that is beyond compare. There is no need for you to worry about what to do because all you need to do is grab the bottle and go. Since, plastic is lightweight and can easily be carried with you wherever you go, there is truly no need for you to worry abut it at all. If you run out of water while you are away from home, you can simply refill your plastic water bottle or carry more than one with you at a time; this how convenient bottled water is.

Lastly, you need to remember that the plastic water bottle controversy will always rely in you. It is you who chooses to make it an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time. What you just need to be aware of is that as you choose, you will also be faced with their effects and it is something that is beyond your control already.

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Plastics Health Concerns That Threaten

Plastics health concerns are rampant nowadays. Our dependency to such material should be given proper attention to while it is not too late. Yes, lives are made easier through it. Many are given the chance to earn. Industries are prosperous since the demand is always high. But, despite the comfort that we are experiencing now, there is still a threat to our health. Plastics have special components that affect not only our bodies but even the environment. Imagine hundreds of trucks loaded of plastic wastes every single day. What will happen to this only living planet if lots of wastes are produced everyday? The time has come for us to think of our health and this planet’s welfare. In the future, annual production of plastics will get higher. If this is the case, what shall we do? How will we address health problems? Will we shift to glass or metal products?

weight lossHealth is at risks when plastics are not properly manufactured. Today, many companies manufacture plastic. But, not all follow proper protocols or standards. Can’t you see that almost all items have their plastic versions? See your kitchen. Can you name some items which are mainly made of such man-made material? Obviously, you have cooking pots, bowls, stools, containers, and basin made of plastic. See. That’s how dependent you are. There is nothing wrong in using plastic-made materials but be sure that not too much. Avoid burning and throwing anywhere. Do things that will reduce the problems on waste disposal. The material can’t be easily dissolved. It takes a long process before it can be thoroughly disposed. This is why, learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Minimizing dependency can help eliminate plastics health concerns that threatens. Start giving solutions at home. Warn every family member to become responsible enough in their actions.

Manufacturers should make necessary interventions during the production. The material is available in many types. Others are extra-durable and that makes them unique. But, those added chemicals or substances have negative impacts on humans, animals and the environment. These potential hazards include the ff: toxicity, carcinogens and endocrine disruption. Direct toxicity is mainly taken from cadmium, lead and mercury. Carcinogens on the other hand is common in DEHP or diethylhexyl phthalate while endocrine disruption can lead to severe health issues such as birth defects, cancer and developmental issues in children. If you are not an informed user, you may face some critical issues which you do not expect to happen.

People are exposed to plastics not only through production but even through packaging. Chemicals can be transferred to the food we eat. Some food containers are made of dangerous components such as Styrene, plasticizers, Acetaldehyde, and antioxidants. These chemicals create good quality plastics but they are not safe. This is why humans are advised to buy food contained in glass containers than those contained inside plastic. We should not even heat our foods using plastic-made pots. People are even warned to get rid of PVC and Styrene-based products.

Plastics health concerns are the biggest challenges to us. We cannot completely eliminate them. But, there is still a way to lessen dependency. Besides, recycling is easier to do. Those plastic-made items that you can still use can be recycled. Empty bottles are perfect as home decorations or school projects. Plastic bags can be used over and over again especially when you shop for grocery items. Damaged containers can be sold in junk shops instead of throwing them anywhere. Some can be used as pots for plants that you like to have if you know how to recycle then there is no such thing as giant dump sites. There would be no pollution. Our health won’t be put at risk. In short, there is no threat.

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Plastics In Our Diet: Is It True

Have you heard of plastic in our diet? You might be wondering how we can take plastic in our diet. I have the same reaction when I first knew this stuff. But is it really true that we can have plastic in our diet? Yes this is true! Let’s talk about it so you can better understand how plastic can get involved in our diet. If you have noticed that most of our foods are packed and stored from plastic containers, do you think you can swallow some harmful chemicals? In our everyday life, we touch, smell, taste, and use plastic. This is the reason why in some point plastic do influence our diet and even your healthy drinks that you use for your diet. In fact, literally you are what you eat, drink, and breathe with or without plastic. Based on studies, there are actually some various types of plastic and some of them are referred to as “Food Contact Substance”, this is according to US Food and Drug Administration or the FDA. However, up to these days, there are still ongoing studies pertaining to these materials that’s why in 2002, the FDA termed these materials as “Indirect Food Additives”. Because of this reason, this would mean that some foods we take have actually plastic on them. Do you not know that that you are eating foods that contain this harmful element? Don’t you think that this can put your life and other consumers in danger?

Base on what you have read above, let’s go back to the question – are there really plastic in our diet? Well in fact it can influence our food and these materials actually bring toxins to the food, and could you imagine that we are taking these toxins inside our body? There is a termed used to the process of bringing toxins to the food is called migration. Base on study, it was found out that there are actually different toxins involved in this material. Now, the intervention that the FDA needs to do is to conduct tests for various foods placed in plastic containers. Even those cooking utensils that are made of plastic should undergo tests to make sure that it’s safe to use. Nowadays, most of the cooking utensils that you can buy in the market are made of plastics which could be alarming because of this information that was found out on using plastic materials. It’s should be required that food bottles and containers should have recycle codes, which other plastic product have this already. There should be a number between 1 and 7 which will denote the recycle code. The numbers will tell the consumers on how many times the plastic should be recycled.

If it’ll be proven that there are plastics in our diet, this could actually bring or cause serious health issues. One of those that you can consider is the Phthalates. These are just one of the many chemicals present in many plastic-made items. What Phthalates can do to plastics is it determines the softness or flexibility of the material. This type of chemical is used in various industries such as in food and construction. Other products that use Phthalates are beauty products, wood finishes, solvents, and even pesticides. These chemicals could actually cause severe health problems such as miscarriage, infertility in male, cancer, and even asthma. If these chemicals are really visible on the food that we eat, what do you expect? Like what we talked about earlier these chemicals can really affect our health big time. That’s why we need to be extra careful when we buy food and other products that are stored in a plastic container.

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