Plastic is a problem. As an outdoor community, people who rip in the backcountry naturally have a passion and drive for being green so to us, removing the carbon footprint from the hills matters. However, the problem of plastic soup remains.
BPA Side Effects
The reality of a single-serving lifestyle is that there is a mass of products that require A LOT of packaging. The fundamental problem with plastic packaging is that it is completely dependent on synthetic materials including one well-known environmental toxin and synthetic chemical known as BPA, or bisphenol A. Used in the production of bottles and canned foods (within the lining) this compound has been associated with human health problems along with environmental risks like an accumulation of plastic soup in the oceans and soil, plus so much more. In fact, if you an American there is a 93% chance that you still carry BPA inside of your body according to the Center for Disease Control.
Until recently, the overall approach to recycling has followed this general steez:
1. Recycling is good.
2. Recycling earns money.
3. Recycling works.
However, there is a clear and present problem with this seemingly simple 3-step solution to recycling waste if you know anything about the real problem with BPA: it lingers.
Residue from conventional plastics causes traceable levels of BPA in the body. Research suggests substantial non-food exposure to this chemical and an accumulation in body tissues, urine and fat, according to Environmental Health Perspectives. In the environment, plastics cause similar threats to long-lasting life. The technical term for the amount of lingering pollution caused by the plastic industry has hit a ceiling of global tolerance. The trend in a demand for material conversion from conventional plastics to a more long term alternative is starting to become more obvious all over the world.
“The diversity of plastics applications is a quality that’s unique to this industry, and something that continues to increase with every passing year. It has grown to include new materials and new markets that the industry’s earliest practitioners could never have predicted. The trend globally continues to be to replace other materials with polymers, suggesting that when it comes to finding new, previously unheard of uses for plastic materials, the sky is truly the limit. This bodes well for the industry’s prospects and its ability to welcome new workers into its ranks.” According to the plastics industry association.
How Toxic is Plastic?
If you’re starting to wonder what percentage of your urine contains this well-known chemical toxin, are you also asking, “Why it is still legal to use in America?” Well, many people have been asking that important question for decades and recent changes in United States legislature have finally started to see the results of the hard work.
Until the 2019 agriculture reform, the plan for reversing the years of damage caused by conventional plastic biodegrading included separating them according to a strict organizational system for recycling. That system, however, is no longer the only plan.
Within the 2019 agriculture reform a bill, also known as “The Farm Bill,” includes notations that remove criminal charges for growing or using hemp plants. In doing this, industrial production of hemp-derived materials including plastic began.
Looking towards the future, it is easier now to see why agricultural reform includes the decriminalization of hemp-derived products like plastic. Today, hemp farmers have teamed up with many companies to create a a better environmental approach to previously harmful materials like toxic mortar, metals and plastics. Not only that, but this revision in United States legislature also released CBD, or Cannabidiol from it’s bondage and thus over-the-counter hemp-derived healthcare products are now also available in places all over the U.S.
If you love spending your time outdoors you may also love to learn that bioplastics will taking a new form in 2019. The following brands are leading the industry in this forefront. All of which have been awarded our Green Environmental Awards over the years.