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3 posts from February 2010

February 08, 2010

Plastiki to set sail soon

The New York Times - 2.7.10

"Typhoons. Hurricanes. Cyclones. Tidal waves. Sharks. As if designing a boat to cope with all that on the 11,000-mile voyage from San Francisco to Sydney isn't daunting enough, this one also has to be environmentally irreproachable. That's the point of 'The Plastiki,' which is due to set sail next month after three years of planning, research and construction. the aim of the voyage is to raise awareness of global waste and, to practice what it preaches, the 60-foot, or 18-meter, boat has been made from some 13,000 recycled plastic water bottles..."

Read the entire article here.

Our Take: Interesting way for an eccentric heir to draw attention to the plastic waste issue. After a few delays, we're ready to see the ship set sail!

February 03, 2010

Johsua Allen Harris' Inflatable Bag Monsters

YouTube 7.08

We discovered Harris' haunting art back in 2008. This video shows more of his plastic bag work - and some insights from the artist himself.

Or, watch it here.

Our Take: Very cool - this is still the most creative use of plastic bags we've seen!

WSJ editorial blasts BPA threat

The Wall Street Journal - 1.30.10

In light of recent news that the FDA will conduct more research on the safety of BPA, a skeptical editorial questions whether the chemical is really worthy of all the fear and controversy it has created. "Because of the public anxiety the publicity has generated over BPA, it's disconcerting that the FDA plans to seek 'further public comment and external input on the science surrounding BPA' in advance of a reassessment. That means the FDA reassessment will be subject to as much political pressure as activists can produce.

If the FDA wants to further investigate BPA for health effects, then the agency should make sure that it evaluates real science. In the BPA war, that isn't easy. But that's what a public made uneasy by scare stories deserves."

Read the entire editorial here.

Our Take: This whole editorial sounds like something written by someone cozy with the plastics industry. Being concerned for our health and the health of our children isn't paranoia, it's good sense. It's time the government takes the threat of BPA seriously, like it did with lead years ago.