Your daily cup of tea…with a side of plastic! Yes, that’s right. Although many of us knew this previously, a new study just confirmed that some tea bags shed billions of microplastics per cup. Yum.
Rather than discussing a type of plastic today, I’m discussing how plastics behave—and how we should best treat them.
More plastics info coming at you! Last time I wrote about resin codes, so today I wanted to talk about some of the other symbols we see on plastics. I think there’s a TON of misinformation out there about what these symbols mean.
I was fortunate to hear about BPA way back in 2010ish, when the “scandal” (I’ll call it) first broke. I was fresh out of undergrad and was working at part-time at a health food store, with a part-time editorial internship at a natural health magazine (alive). No surprise: I was hearing about BPA left, right, and centre. At the store, I spoke to concerned customers about it. At the magazine, I edited articles about it by science writers, which meant fact-checking everything by reading scientific articles. I was in BPA-land!
Today I’d like to focus on why the Zero Waste movement is particularly concerned about plastics. Of course, the goal is to reduce waste of all sorts, including food waste and packaging in general, but you’re right if you’ve noticed a focus on plastic.