Politics of paper – A single use convenience based culture

What is in the way of replacing paper with more sustainable products? In many ways the biggest obstacle appears to be our own habits and cultural conditioning. But behind our habits there is a huge business of merchandizing, marketing, logging and paper production.

The next time you're in a grocery store or other retail store, take a moment and look around you. How many items do you see that are broken down into multiple single serving packages or just simply highly over-packaged?

Replace paper bags with sustainable Hemp reusable bags.

  • How many grocery store baskets and carts do you see that are over-flowing with plastic and paper bags and boxes?
  • When you buy a bakery item at your local coffee shop do you get it "to go" in a paper bag?
  • When you stop for takeout food what does it come to you in? Another paper or plastic bag!
  • How often do you eat your food on the run, in your car or at your desk?
  • How often do you take that extra moment to stop and enjoy your food at the shop or restaurant?

If you can relate to these lifestyle choices you're not alone, this is all an expression of the overwhelming, single use, rushing, convenience based, and often wasteful perspective that is far too common in our western culture right now. A perspective that it seems we are easily lost in, and that many other countries are emulating. A culture based upon wanting more, and more, and more, as quickly and as conveniently as possible. Where is this taking us and who is getting the biggest benefit?

Politics of paper – In the United States

The logging industry has a huge lobby and influence in US politics. It is fueled by the need for disposable products made from wood fiber rather than investing in other substances that could sustainably replace paper made from wood.

Historically the timber industry in the United States has dominated forestry policy. The board of Forestry has the power to approve forestry regulations and set policies for the Department of Forestry. Unfortunately this means that the decisions made for our forests are influenced by a very non-partial industry.

Paper bags made from wood fiber are not a sustainable product.

This situation has led to two-thirds of U.S. forestlands being used for the production of commercial wood products, including brown paper bags. Two- thirds!

The US paper products manufacturing industry includes about 3,500 companies with combined annual revenue of about $160 billion.

Historically there has been very little emphasis on investing in the development of other fibers to replace paper made from wood. In some cases there has actually been a strong political movement away from sustainable products as is found in the history of Hemp.

Hemp is one of many fibers that should be explored to replace paper made from wood. (See our History of Hemp section for the story of Hemp in the USA.)

Politics of paper in China

China is the second biggest producer of paper in the world after the USA, and traditionally a great deal of its paper is made up mainly of agricultural residues – straw waste from rice, maize and sugar cane. Not only is making paper pulp from this waste residue an example of using all of our resources as completely as possible (in Europe and the USA this straw waste in usually burned), this practice has been an important part of the rural, small farmer economics within China.China paper usage.

Unfortunately the pulp mills that process this agricultural residue are old and cause a significant amount of pollution. They are being closed down by the Chinese government, and replaced with new and modern pulp mills; the technology put in the modern paper mills can process only wood for paper. This "modernization" means that the straw residue can no longer be used to create paper.

The impact of this change is twofold: it removes a necessary income stream from millions of farmers and ends many jobs, and it erases a sustainable practice and reinforces the much less sustainable practice of logging.

Politics of paper – Land use issues

Another very important reason to find sustainable fibers to replace paper made from wood is the very real impact on the communities that are impacted by logging. Whose land is used to make paper for those millions of paper bags we’ve been using?

Paper bags made from wood fiber are not a sustainable product.

When paper companies are granted concessions to log forests and establish fiber plantations, are they getting the full and informed prior consent of local communities or indigenous peoples with customary rights on that land? Although in some areas it is improving, abuse is far too widespread. It is often the poorest and least represented among us who are impacted the most. By making the choice to reduce paper and replace paper bags with sustainable choices like hemp, this impact can be greatly reduced.

LEARN MORE: Explore why humans need trees and forests to live happily. 

 

 

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DO YOU KNOW HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOUR PAPER IS SUSTAINABLE?

The non-profit Forest Stewardship Council is an international certification program that supports paper that comes from sustainably managed forests.
 

FSC paper carries this logo on its packaging.

 

This logo certifies that the following is true:

  • The wood fiber is from sustainably managed forests based on standards developed from the input of forest managers and owners, consumers, environmental groups, scientists, indigenous peoples, and union representatives.
  • The certification process has tracked each step in the supply path, from the forest through pulp and paper manufacturing to distribution and sales.
  • Fiber created hasn’t displaced indigenous peoples or destroyed their livelihoods.

 Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags replace paper bags made from wood fiber.

 

GOOD REASONS TO REPLACE PAPER WE USE TODAY!
 

Here is an OEPA list of some of the problems from forestry activities:

  1. Sediment concentrations can increase in water bodies due to accelerated erosion.
  2. Water temperatures can increase due to removal of overstory riparian shade.
  3. Slash and other organic debris can accumulate in water bodies, depleting dissolved oxygen.
  4. Organic and inorganic chemical concentrations in the environment can increase due to harvesting and fertilizer and pesticide applications.
  5. Air quality can be affected by dust from road construction, site preparation, harvesting, and hauling activities, and by particulate release from prescription slash burning.
  6. Monoculture forestry simplifies the ecosystem, leaving it vulnerable to disease and other environmental factors.

 Hands On Hemp reusable produce bags replace paper bags made from wood fiber.

Paper Bags

Paper bags are so much better than plastic…aren’t they? They seem to be. They are of the earth – natural, unbleached, biodegradable – how could they not be better than plastic? Do we really need alternatives to paper bags?

The truth is paper bags create their own assortment of environmental problems. The paper industry as a whole has a proven record of negatively impacting the environment and climate change. Producers of paper bags are among the worst industrial contributors to air, water, and land pollution, and they are among the largest industrial consumers of water, energy, and, of course, forest fiber.

Each year in America 14 million trees are cut down to produce 10 billion paper grocery bags!

Using recycled paper bags instead of virgin paper bags does indeed lessen the environmental impact of paper production. But, manufacturing recycled paper bags still contributes thousands of times more environmental degradation than a good quality reusable alternative to paper bags – reusable produce bags, bulk bags and grocery bags made of sustainable materials such as hemp.

Studies show recycling does help reduce the number of trees felled, and that it does require less energy and water than harvesting new fiber from virgin forests. Yes, it is 100% better to recycle than not to recycle. But, these numbers can be deceptive, since most recycled paper is a mixture of both virgin and recycled papers.

There is an increased awareness these days of the devastating impact of plastic and single-use plastic bags on the environment.

This awareness is spreading a wildfire of change. More and more stores in cities all across the globe are now charging a fee for plastic bags. Some stores are even taking steps to ban plastic and single-use bags altogether. Single-use plastic bags have become the obvious habit to change, but the whole notion of single-use anything, including paper bags, is environmentally destructive.

 

 

Some studies have shown that in America alone, shoppers use 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags per hour!

Unfortunately, as awareness of the impact of single-use plastic bags increases, many stores are offering paper bags as their sole alternative for bulk foods, produce items, and check-out grocery bags. This change is no doubt driven by very positive intentions. But, unless there are additional viable alternatives to paper bags, there will still be an extreme burden placed on the environment by using paper bags.

Clearly the best solution is to use sustainable and reusable cloth bags, such as hemp, as an alternative to paper bags…and to leave our trees in our forests.

When we recognize the beauty and significance of our forests, and the impact paper usage has on this incredible natural resource, we can begin to shift from a culture of wastefulness and disposability to one of conservation and stewardship.

We must recognize and appreciate paper as the valuable natural resource it is – a link to vibrant forests, fresh water, a healthy climate, and happy people all around the globe. Finding ways to replace paper bags with sustainable alternatives becomes the obvious choice.

What about replacing paper bags completely, along with plastic bags? We can make a choice to stop the environmentally damaging practice of using single-use bags, whatever materials they are made of. What about the easy and environmentally friendly alternative of reusable and sustainable hemp bags? Think about it!

To find out more about the environmental impact of paper and paper bags, go to:

PAPER

ARE PAPER BAGS ANY BETTER THAN PLASTIC? 

Producers of paper are among the worst industrial contributors to air, water and land pollution AND they are among the largest industrial consumers of water, energy, and of course forest fiber.

In the next 20-30 years the paper demand is supposed to at least double due to the economic emergence of third world countries, and the ever-expanding worldwide population. There is no way to meet this demand without clear-cutting every tree in the entire world.

WHY NOT USE HEMP INSTEAD OF CLEARCUTTING TREES?

70%……. OF AMERICAN NATURAL FORESTS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED FOR PAPER AND WOOD PRODUCTS SINCE 1937.  THIS IS DEVASTATING.

14 million trees are cut down each year in America to produce paper grocery bags!

75-90% of all paper in the world was made with hemp fiber until 1883.

Making Paper from Trees should be a joke.  Almost any plant in nature with a strong stalk is better suited to make paper than trees, especially hemp because it can be up to 85% cellulose (vs. trees are only 30% cellulose).

Since 1937 (when hemp was effectively outlawed) 70% of American natural forests have been destroyed. Today only 4% of America’s old-growth forest remains standing.

Hemp growing could completely negate the necessity to use wood at all because anything made from wood can be made from hemp.

 

HOW CAN WILD ANIMALS SURVIVE WITHOUT FORESTS?

They Can’t.  It has been estimated that we are losing 137 plant, animal, and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation, which equates to up to 50,000 species a year.

As more and more trees are removed from the forest, the natural habitat for animals, including endangered ones,  is lost or damaged. Many animals simply cannot live anywhere else besides their native forests.  Birds, reptiles and mammals all face habitat destruction due to deforestation and clear-cutting.  Orangutans are desperately losing their habitat and being killed off due to unsustainable palm oil harvesting for example.

 

WHY DO OUR TREES AND FORESTS MATTER?                                                  

Trees function to support our living earth.  

  • Enrich and hold soil
  • Absorb carbon dioxide
  • Release oxygen
  • Regulate the climate
  • Provide eco-systems for diverse animal and plant species
  • The oldest known tree species in the world is the bristlecone pine. The oldest tree of this kind has lived in the White Mountains of California for over 5,000 years!

In order to survive, we need trees:

“The values and beliefs we cling to are driving our destructive path… You can’t change the rules of Nature. Our chemistry and biology dictate the way we have to live.” Dr. David Suzuki

CAN’T WE JUST PLANT TREE FARMS TO REPLACE FORESTS?

Plant, animal and ecosystem diversity is lost in a way that can never be recreated when we cut down our original forests and replace them with commercial tree farms that are treated with pesticides and are barren of wildlife.

Rather than truly restoring the native forest, many companies create what is known as monoculture plantations – farms with only one species of tree.  These tree farms are called ‘green deserts’ by their opponents, because these plantations consume vast quantities of water – causing rivers to dry up, lead to erosion, deterioration of water quality and loss of fishing and water resources to local communities.

The people living around these decimated forests also lose their homes, livelihood and/or natural landscape.

AREN’T WE SOLVING OUR PAPER BAG CONSUMPTION BY RECYCLING?

  • Only 10%-15% paper bags are recycled.
  • Most effective environmentally is to Reduce our material consumption first, then Reusing those items and then Recycling.
  • Recycling paper bags still USES a lot of energy-–energy that comes from nonrenewable resources such as coal, whereas most of the energy to create virgin paper comes from burning otherwise unusable parts of the trees.
  • Recycling paper bags also USES a lot of chemicals  – compounds like hydrogen peroxide, sodium silicate, and sodium hydroxide which bleach and separate the pulp fibers.
  • Recycled paper often only contains a portion of recycled materials mixed with virgin paper.
  • Paper bags can only be recycled 4-5 times. Compare that with the alternative: Reusing a high quality sustainable cloth bag at least 8000 times in its lifetime.
  • On the Up side, the United States Environmental Protection Agency‎ has found that recycling reduces water pollution by 35% and air pollution by 74% in comparison with making virgin paper.
  • Just one company – “Waste Management” recycles enough paper every year to save 41 million trees.  Imagine how many trees could be saved by not using trees for paper or building!

 

I CAN’T STAND JUNK MAIL!

How much junk mail ends up in your mail box each week and what do you do with it?

If you’re like most of us you recycle or just throw away most of it without much more than a glance.

Most of us would agree that junk mail is a waste of resources. Here are some facts and figures to back this up:

  • The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year. 44% goes to the landfill unopened.
  • 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste.
  • Junk mail inks have high concentrations of heavy metals, making the paper difficult to recycle.
  • Transporting junk mail costs $550 million a year.
  • Lists of names and addresses used in bulk mailings reside in mass data-collection networks. Your name is typically worth 3 to 20 cents each time it is sold.(From 41pounds.org)

HOW DO I STOP JUNKMAIL?

  1. www.41pounds.org is an organization that can eliminate up to 80-95% of junk mailings for you by contacting dozens of direct marketers on your behalf.
  2. Register with the Mail Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). DMA will list you in its database in the “Do Not Mail” category. Direct marketers are not required to check the database, but most companies that send large volumes of bulk mail do use the DMA service.
  3. Go to OptOutPreScreen.com, which can enable you to remove your name from lists that mortgage, credit card and insurance companies use to mail you offers and solicitations. It’s a centralized website run by the four major credit bureaus in the United States: Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion.
  4. Contact companies that send your junk mail and asked to be removed.
  5. For help in reducing your junk mail, websites, such as unsubscribe.com and stopthejunkmail.com, provide further assistance or guidelines for reducing junk mail and other instructions.

 

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School Fundraisers

 

Generate the funds you need for your students and school through a meaningful product fundraiser that has educational opportunities! 

 

 

 

Hands On Hemp fundraisers are an opportunity to teach kids about their environmental trash footprint from single-use paper, plastics and packaging and to give them the power to make positive actions today!

Once students become aware of our plastic and trash problems, they can turn around and become the teachers and activists we need them to be by changing their own actions and educating their parents and friends about easy to make changes.

Using Hands On Hemp bags as a fundraiser will engage your community of students, teachers, and parents alike because they are an essential solution to our plastic and paper single-use environmental problem.

Start planning for your Green Fundraiser and get your school, students, and parents involved today!

Our reusable produce bags, reusable bulk bags and reusable bakery bags are a new hot item that will get everyone excited to help the environment and your school!  

         

 

CONTACT US

Please contact us about making this fundraiser a great success for your school and for any questions about  pricing, volume discounts, information sheets, display options, pictures and more.

For more information contact  Ariel Goettinger

Phone: 303-499-4998

Email: Ariel@handsonhemp.com

OUR CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE!

Abby Goldberg, a thirteen year old girl from Illinois made a pact to stand up to big plastic companies and protect her local community’s right to ban or tax plastic bags.

Abby created a petition asking her Governor not to let big plastic control their local fate.   She got over 100,000 signatures and succeeded in stopping big plastic’s attempt to control citizens choices.

This is an inspiring story of how our youth can step up and make big changes for what they believe in!

Information for Retailers and Distributors

Check out Hands On Hemp Reusable Produce, Bulk and Bakery Bags so you can offer your customers the most functional and sustainable solution to single-use plastic and paper bags!

Using reusable bags is one of the most easy and affordable changes we can make in our daily lives to become a more sustainable society.

Customers want to make this change, as well as cities, states and countries that are all on the move to examine the single-use bag habit and create solutions like bag bans and fees as incentives to use reusable bags.

 

 

HERE’S WHY YOUR CUSTOMERS WILL LOVE HANDS ON HEMP BAGS:

Our reusable produce and bulk bags are the:

  • highest quality
  • longest lasting
  • optimally functional
  • most sustainable bags

 

They provide optimal food storage:

Hands On Hemp reusable bags keep produce fresh in the fridge for up to 3 weeks by providing optimal moisture retention and air ventilation unlike synthetic versions.

 

 

 

WHY SELL REUSABLE BAGS AT YOUR STORE?

Your customers care about the health of their families and the future of the planet. Offering sustainable products that support this movement is good for business and good for the environmental footprint of your company.

WHY ARE HANDS ON HEMP REUSABLE BAGS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS?

  • Hands On Hemp reusable bags are optimally functional and environmentally sustainable vs. plastic and paper single-use bags and synthetic reusable bags.   Make sure not to be greenwashed and get bags that actually make a difference!
  • Hands On Hemp reusable produce, bulk, and bakery bags are made from sustainable hemp and organic cotton. They will last up to 15 years and can be washed and dried as needed. They work perfectly for carrying home produce, bulk food and bakery items and for optimal produce storage.
  • Many other reusable bags on the market are synthetic and made from polypropylene, polyester or nylon. None of these options will give your customer the bag they’re looking for because these bags are not an environmental solution. Plus mesh bags do not work for food storage or to carry home wet produce or bulk foods.
  • Best spots for bag displays: produce, bulk, and bakery departments.

Hands on Hemp reusable bags work and customers love them! 

 

 

Made with fair labor in China: 

We source only Fair Labor: A positive workplace for the people who make our bags is equally important as the environmental benefits of the bags.

Distributed out of Boulder, Colorado USA.

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US:

Please contact us with any questions about pricing, volume discounts, display options, pictures, information sheets and more!

Retail and distributer sales contact:  Ariel Goettinger

Phone: 303-499-4998

Email: Ariel@HandsOnHemp.com

 

 

 

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  • Made with 55% Hemp and 45% Organic Cotton
  • 12″x17″ – with drawstring
  • Sustainable
  • Biodegradable/Compostable (cut into small pieces when composting)
  • Healthy and safe for food
  • Keeps produce fresh and crisp
  • Carry home bulk and bakery
  • Take snacks anywhere in them
  • Lasts 20+ years
  • Feels good to the touch
  • No dyes No bleach
  • Free of pesticides and herbicides
  • Antimicrobial
  • Resistant to mold, mildew, salt, heat, cold, UV rays, and insects
  • Machine washable and dryable
  • Replaces plastic and paper bag mass consumption!

Politics of plastic

As more and more individuals in the United States begin to question the use of plastic, especially plastic for single-use and disposable items; and as cities, counties, and stores begin to ban or charge a fee for plastic bags, there is also a growing force of opposition from manufacturers of oil, gas, and plastics.

Plastics manufacturing is big business!

 Traditional plastic is made from oil and natural gas. Oil and plastics production is big business these days and many companies and individuals have a tremendous vested interest in keeping oil and plastics around, even in the face of the resulting global impact.

Plastics production is the third largest manufacturing industry in the U.S., employing 1.1 million workers and producing $379 billion worth of goods each year. (Society for the Plastics Industry)

There are significant environmental issues from humanity’s dependence on oil and gas.

We use oil and gas to fuel everything from cars, home heating and cooling, cooking, agriculture, and industry. But, according to the Oil and Gas Journal, we are running out of oil and only have about 43 years of reserves left. Other studies site either more or less of these oil reserves, but it is unquestionable that these natural resources are running out.

As these reserves become less and less available, there is an increase in political competition for what is a critically important resource throughout the world. This competition has resulted in conflict, and has been implicated as a factor in warfare.

The ongoing quest for ownership over oil fields in the Middle East, where a vast amount of the world’s oil is located, is a tragic example of what can result from the dependence we have on these resources. With war-torn countries, the result is poverty and the loss of important living standards.

 Plastic, Oil and Chemical Industries "Green Solution." 

Oil, chemical, and plastics industries are financially and politically interrelated, and some of these companies have joined together to try to come up with solutions that support the continued use of single-use plastic bags, These solutions would seemingly address the environmental impact of these products. One such organization is called the American Progressive Bag Affiliates (APBA).

This organization was originally under the umbrella of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and was renamed and moved to The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI). Their stated goal is to defend plastic bags and promote the recycling of all plastic film—a category that includes plastic bags, product wraps, and commercial packaging, such as shrink wrap.

SPI has an extensive national grassroots network and focuses on public policy and the legislative protection of the plastics industry. When a bag ban or tax becomes a possibility anywhere in the United States it is not uncommon for APBA, or its representatives, to use measures such as calling people living in the area, local advertising, and hiring lobbying firms in order to sway legislators and the public against the plastic bag ban or the plastic bag tax.

The SPI website allows for taking immediate action by anyone interested in supporting these causes. It also offers reasoning for why plastic bag bans and plastic bag taxes don't work, along with links to plastics recycling websites sponsored by the American Chemistry Council and others.

The strategy taken by the American Progressive Bag Affiliates and the Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) is to emphasize recycling of plastic bags as the best (or only) true environmental solution. Unfortunately, due to the mixed motives involved in such a group, their influence can too easily create confusion for the consumer, potentially manipulate the public into misunderstanding which choices are truly green and progressive, and have little or no real positive impact on the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 There is no doubt that recycling is a far better decision than using a plastic bag once and throwing it away, but recycling plastic bags doesn't stop the manufacturing of new ones.

This is because the recycled plastic from plastic bags is actually used for products like decking material. This means that more and more plastic bags are still being created on a daily basis—plastic bags that are made from a material that does not go away, ever!

Ideally these large and powerful companies will truly begin to reinvest their energies, employees, and finances in renewable and reusable efforts. Plastics industries must begin to adapt their current products so that they support our environmental demands and, ideally, they must begin to reinvest these energies, employees, and finances in sustainable ways instead of depleting our precious resources.

 

 LEARN MORE: Why Switch to Reusable?

 LEARN MORE:

  1. The Politics of Paper
  2. The Politics of Hemp
  3. Bag Bans

 

The effect of Global Warming is an environmental concern that has drawn a great deal of research and support.

One of the areas of significant concern when it comes to global warming is the emissions from burning and using oil and gas—prospecting and drilling oil and natural gas from deep within the earth itself uses oil to extract, pollutes, and tears apart land, ecosystems, and fragile habitats around the world.

As a result, there is a growing worldwide effort to replace our dependence on oil and gas with more sustainable renewable methods and resources.

Critics of single-use plastic bags are not only questioning the irresponsible use of a natural resource, and the resulting environmental impact, they are also questioning the entire system of consumerism plaguing our modern culture.

There appears to be a growing conflict between the materialistic approach much of the western world is lost in, and an awareness that we all have to change in order to protect the future of the planet and its inhabitants.

Unfortunately, there is still far too much focus and dependence upon oil and gas, with politics around plastics showing up as a heated battlefield.

The Politics of Plastic:

Have you ever heard of a Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation or SLAPP?

It's a lawsuit that is put in place, not necessarily to win, but definitely to censor, intimidate, and silence a critic.

  • It can silence them by creating a burden on them for the cost of a legal defense.
  • It can burden them by creating a negative public impression.
  • It can discourage other organizations or individuals from supporting them out of fear of being sued themselves.

The intended outcome of a SLAPP is for the critic to abandon their criticism or opposition.

This is important to the politics of plastic because being sued is a very real concern for anyone critical of plastics. This was true for many counties and cities in California as they began seriously considering a plastic bag ban or charging a fee for plastic bags.

This was also true for a popular reusable bag company located in California. They have all been legally challenged due to their opposition to plastic bags.

(See Rolling Stones "The Plastic Bag Wars" for an informative article.)


Plastics in your body: The health reasons behind finding as many alternatives to plastic as possible.

We are possibly eating, drinking, and breathing plastic everywhere we go—even when we have no idea that plastic is involved. Due to the popularity of using plastic as the material for so many of our daily use items, plastic is literally everywhere!

Most of us know of the significant impact to the environment due to plastic waste, which is a very good reason for finding alternatives to plastic, but, there has not been as much publicity around the potential impact of plastics to the health of our body.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis detected BPA in urine samples of nearly 93 percent of 2,517 people who took part in a national health survey from 2003 through 2004. BPA (Bisphenol A) and Phthalate are harmful chemicals that can leach from plastics and be absorbed into our bodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Plastic is everywhere!

We absorb these toxins through hand and mouth contact, and by breathing in airborne particles, when our food and water is packaged in plastic and metal.

These potentially harmful chemicals in plastic are in the plastic bags and containers that hold our food, in the pipes that carry our water, in the bottles we use to feed our infants…in window frames, shower curtains, raincoats, cars, eyeglasses, safety helmets, phones, keyboards, bandages, lipstick, nail polish, CDs, dinnerware, sports safety equipment, incubators, heart-lung machines, IV bags, bottle tops, packaging, dental sealants, sports bottles. The list goes on and on.

Consumer Reports, released in November of 2009 found that in almost all of the 19 name brand canned foods tested; including soup, juice, tuna, and green beans, each contained some level of BPA.

The report states “The canned organic foods we tested did not always have lower BPA levels than nonorganic brands of similar foods analyzed. We even found the chemical in some products in cans that were labeled "BPA-free."

Various studies have linked plastic to increased rates of cancer, asthma, neurological disorders, infertility, reproductive abnormalities, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.

Finding as many alternatives to plastic as possible is a smart choice for your health, the health of your family, and the health of our living planet.

Making these plastic-free choices can be simple in some cases, like giving up plastic produce and grocery bags, plastic drink bottles and other single-use disposable plastics. It is much more difficult to reduce the plastic choices that are really deeply a part of our lives—like our cars and our computers–but we can strive to become increasingly conscious, and to make choices based upon a greater understanding of our impact.

Our goal at Hands On Hemp, with our reusable bags and informational website, is to help with this change as much as we can. There are many other sources on the internet that can also help with great ideas for alternatives to plastics.

 

Below is a list of the chemicals found in different types of plastics, the common uses for the plastic, and the possible adverse health effects of each:

 

(Source: www.ecologycenter.org)

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Here are some great ways to avoid BPA by finding alternatives to plastic:

  • Use glass, stainless steel and porcelain

  • Use reusable alternatives to plastic grocery, produce and bulk bags

  • Limit canned foods, canned beverages and liquids.

 

  • Acidic foods like tomatoes and liquids containing grape or citrus juices etc break down lining of cans.

  • Use baby bottles that are glass or that you are sure are BPA free

 

  • Do not heat or microwave food or liquids in plastic containers

  • Polycarbonate containers with No 7 on the bottom have been known to contain BPA. Avoid using them to store foods and liquids
     

Plastic particles eaten by fish and other sea animals are also a cause for concern for our health (along with there's.)

Plastic is easily mistaken as food by some sea creatures and sea birds so they eat it. If these sea creatures are eaten by others, the plastic is also eaten.

Since plastic absorbs toxins, these toxins are absorbed by the animals that eat plastic, the animals that eat those animals, and finally by any of us who eat these same fish!