Toxic Plastics and What Matters
This month, plastic toxicity is the topic of great public interest.
Mother Jones, in an excellent and well-researched article, The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics … And the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury it concluded that ”evidence is mounting that the products so prevalent in our daily lives may be leaching toxic chemicals into our bodies, with consequences affecting not just us, but many generations to come.” The article compared the methods of the plastics industry to Big Tobacco, and mentioned that plastics and chemical industries rely on the same scientists and consultants who defended Big Tobacco. Even as BPA bans spring up around the world, the industry is focusing on public confusion, and downplaying the entire debate about safety.
How did the plastics industry respond?
Plastics News, one of the most popular trade publications, produced an article that admitted that the Mother Jones story is “extensively researched and footnoted”. The writer stated that the Mother Jones article “draws a number of conclusions that aren't favorable to the plastics industry.” The article made absolutely no comment on the reported health issues.
But the closing statement was chilling “…the plastics industry shouldn't expect the war to be over. This is a debate that has raged for decades, and it's not going to end anytime soon.”
For the plastics industry, it a battle about public perception, not about public safety and harm to entire generations.
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