No, it doesn't
. I am a chemist
, and my school specializes in marine science including the effects of pollution on it
. Much as you might like it to, that shit doesn't just go away
. The environment can handle small amounts
of contaminants, in extremely specialized
circumstances. Human waste does not count as 'small amounts'.
You want other scientists? You got other scientists. I even did my best to get publicly accessible literature so that you could read it instead of being asked for an institutional password and username.Source, 2004
Talks about how the 'little pieces' all end up in the ocean, consumed by marine organisms, etc.Source, 2002
Tell me, why would we be needing to engineer water-soluble polymers ('polymers' are the larger chemical group of which 'plastics' are a part - all plastics are polymers, not all polymers are plastics) at great cost and effort if the ones we have were already biodegradable and water soluble? Oh right we wouldn't.Source, 2000
One of the so-called 'little pieces' that plastic breaks down into is vinyl chloride (Poly vinyl chloride is composed of long chains of vinyl chloride. Poly vinyl chloride = PVC, which is a kind of plastic that piping is made out of.) which is then leached out of landfills into the surrounding area. Soil, groundwater, etc. Here is a whole article about how incredibly toxic vinyl chloride is, and why it's still a problem.Source, 1974
We have been aware of this problem since 1974
and you're trying to call it my personal opinion?
How about some government studies?
You can look at O'Brine, Tim and Richard C. Thompson. "Degradation of plastic carrier bags in the marine environment". 2010. Marine Pollution Bulletin
. Volume 60, issue 12, pg 2279-2283.
Or you can look at a 2010 report out of Yangling, China. Maybe it will drive home that this is not just an American problem, or even a North American one. It's in Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao. 2010 Mar, Volume 21 Issue 3 pg. 763-769, entitled "Physical and chemical properties of land-filling pile and aged refuse in 5-year-old semi-aerobic and anaerobic landfills", by Zhang et al.
"The cytotoxic effects of synthetic 6-hydroxylated and 6-methoxylated polybrominated diphenyl ether 47 (BDE47)". 2010. Authored by An et al.
, published in Environmental Toxicology in April 2010. This is an article about a chemical applied to plastics that are used in industrial processes - meaning they are produced at a prodigious rate - and the chemical is an endocrine disruptor
. This chemical is being leached out of refuse and it's ending up in our soil. In our water. In our food. In our bodies
. Another one of your 'little pieces'.
I could keep going. I could probably write a 50-page review paper from the resources that are available to me from a simple 20-minute search. Statements like this:
Not true. Oil is an organic compound and degrades on it's own. Short term it can be toxic, but so is a mud slide and volcanic ash, but over the long term it's impact is erased. I've seen oil left out become an organic sludge if left out. If the Gulf was left alone, in time you would find no trace of any spill because there are bacteria that would eat the oil.
[...] If it is organic, it will degrade and not remain toxic. [...]
... are ignorant
, in addition to being flat out incorrect
. Wake up and smell the science: we only have one planet and attitudes like yours are destroying it
. Just as much, if not more, than greed is.
"I don't care to be inconvenienced by having to bring my own bags to the market." Feh. Whatever.