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Plastic Purge by Michael SanClements

plasticI wish everyone would read Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body and Help Save the Sea Turtles! by Michael SanClements.  It’s exactly the type of book I like because it’s not preachy.  The author is asked to address this issue, and by keeping a one day diary he realizes that he comes in contact with plastic constantly in his daily life which of course would be no problem if plastic naturally degraded and some did not give off harmful toxins.  SanClements gives details of all the different kinds of plastic, how easy each is to recycle (for example, plastic bags are hard-they constantly clog up the recycling machinery), and the degrees of toxicity of each kind.  He says that “plastic is your frenemy” and does  believe that it is impossible to live without.  Plastic has contributed in good ways to our world (think advanced medical equipment).  However, since it’s everywhere, we as society have stopped “seeing” it and our wanton usage and discard of it has exploded.  If everyone would stop/cut down on using the most evil kinds-plastic bags (even “recycled” ones), single use containers, and plastic water bottles- we could make a huge difference to our world.  Did you know that plastic bags are not just unsightly in the ditches as you drive by but have been responsible for the deaths of both people (by clogging city drains and causing massive deadly floods) and animals (3,000 cattle in one year in one town!)?  Anyway, the author takes different parts of daily life and breaks down ways you can make a difference by doing something easy, something moderately hard, or something hard.  You might find out there’s some things you’re already doing-for example, I do not drink bottled water and I use bar soap instead of liquid soap.  This book at least might make people stop and think and be aware.  I would also highly advise anyone who has a baby or is thinking of having one to read it-that chapter alone might have you requesting wooden blocks instead of plastic toys for baby!

Stacy W.

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