Why Plastic Is Bad!

 

 

Thousands of people have read my post on “Why Styrofoam is Bad” and I think people are also curious as to why plastic is bad. There has been alot in the news lately about how plastic is not good for our health, it has made the baby product industry particularly evaluate their products and many carry labels professing that they are free of the “bad” plastic.

 

What is bad plastic called on labels or chemically? Studies have shown that Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC, polycarbonate, bisphenol A (BPA) and the chemical phthalates which soften other chemicals to make the material pliable.

 

What are the health effects?The chemical typically found in plastic items with a recyclable symbol number 3, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) leaches the chemical phthalates out into the items/liquids within the containers. The health effects of these chemicals is decreased lung function, increased weight gain, increased resistance to insulin, low sperm count and DNA damage to sperm. There have also been studies that show infant males exposed to this chemical have negative reproductive development.

 

Polycarbonate which contains bisphenal A (also known as  BPA) can also leech into the contents/liquids that plastic container is holding. While there has not been a ton of human studies done on the human effects these chemicals have there have been extensive animal studies and it is know that bisphenal A mimics estrogen so there are known health effects related to this finding.  There has also been studies that showed bisphenal A increases the occurrence of diabetes, heart disease, and high levels of certain liver enzymes. Women who have everyday contact with this chemical can have an increase in miscarriages, polycystic ovarian syndrome which is known to cause infertility, baldness in women, and ovarian cysts. There have been 100′s of studies in animals that have shown obesity, breast and prostate gland cancer, early puberty, low sperm count, infertility, and reproductive organ defects. The scary fact is the CDC found that BPA was found in 95% of adults and 93% of children urine (source: wikipedia).

 

So who makes these plastics? Bayer, Dow Chemical and General Electric produce 6 BILLION pounds per year worldwide. Between 1980 and 2000 production grew 5 times just in the US.

 

Environmental effects of the use of plastic? We all know that plastic does not disappear on its own and everything we throw out made of plastic will be here at least 500 years from now so recycling is the only option. The recycling of plastic is an extremely expensive because there are 7 different plastic recycling codes so all plastics need to be sorted before they can be processed and that is only the plastic products that do not need to be disassembled. Many plastic items are made with different kinds of plastic and would need to be taken apart to be recycled. The cost of disassembling and recycling is usually more than the value of the plastic so that obviously that presents a whole host of problems.

 

What can you do? Stop purchasing products that are in plastic containers, use less plastic in your home, and if you need to buy plastic items make sure it does not contain BPA. Do not microwave your food in plastic containers and do not put your plastic containers in the dishwasher. You can also appeal to your government to make laws that do not allow these chemicals to be used in the products that we buy. Several states and other governmental bodies have worked to create legislation that protects the consumer. There have also been some recent class action lawsuits that have help sharpen the landscape of this issue.

 

It is important to note that MANY infant and child products have stopped using the chemicals listed above but as a consumer you should mindful of the health effects and work to avoid exposure. As consumers it is very hard to avoid plastic but the more you try the better it will be for your health and the environment.

 

Alot of the information I read in preparation for this article talks about how serious the effects of chemicals on fetus’ and small children. I also found that these chemicals have increased significantly in the last 20 years in average everyday item. I seriously wonder how this will affect the fertility and obesity of the children born in the last 20-25 years. They had plastic baby bottles, plastic lunch boxes, plastic bags with all their snacks in it, plastic toys…etc.

 

I recommend you read a very detailed artcile of the studies and results that have been done on the health effects of plastic. It very readable for the average reader and can be found at salon.com here. Here is another article that you find interesting here.

 

Another note: Plastic is found in canned goods as well. Many cans are coated in a thin layer of plastic on the inside so you are exposed to these chemicals with canned goods.

 

 

Below is a list of the recycling codes for plastic and what kind of plastic products carry those symbols.

 

No. 1: Polyethylene terephthalate (PETE or PET). Used in food and drink containers, including milk jugs. Generally considered safe.

 

No. 2: High-density polyethylene (HDPE). Used in food and drink containers, detergent bottles, grocery bags, trash bags. Generally considered safe.

 

No. 3: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl). Used in food packaging, cling plastic wraps, vinyl-lined lunchboxes. Gets its flexibility from phthalates, which are possible carcinogens.

 

No. 4: Low-density polyethylene (LDPE). Used in dry-cleaning bags, bread bags, frozen food bags, squeezable bottles. Generally considered safe.

 

No. 5: Polypropylene (PP). Used in food and medicine containers. Generally considered safe.

 

No. 6: Polystyrene (PS) Also known as styrofoam (see my post here for more details on the health effeccts). Used in egg cartons, packing peanuts and disposable cups, plates and cutlery. Some scientists worry about the health effects of the styrene, which can leach into food and drink.

 

No. 7:  Other (often polycarbonate, PC). Used in hard plastic sports bottles, baby bottles, 5-gallon water jugs. BPA, the chemical that the U.S. is being urged to ban, is found in polycarbonate products. There are BPA-free products made from polyethersulfone (PES), which will be marked with 7 but not PC. Consumer Reports recently tested a handful of BPA-free baby bottles and found that they contained only negligible amounts of the chemical.

 

Here is another chart to keep handy that describes the plastic, its use and the possible health effects.

 

Plastic Common Uses Adverse Health Effects

Polyvinyl

chloride

(#3PVC)

Food packaging, plastic wrap, containers for toiletries, cosmetics, crib bumpers, floor tiles, pacifiers, shower curtains, toys, water pipes, garden hoses, auto upholstery, inflatable swimming pools Can cause cancer, birth defects, genetic changes, chronic bronchitis, ulcers, skin diseases, deafness, vision failure, indigestion, and liver dysfunction

Phthalates

(DEHP,

DINP,

and others)

Softened vinyl products manufactured with phthalates include vinyl clothing, emulsion paint, footwear, printing inks, non-mouthing toys and children’s products, product packaging and food wrap, vinyl flooring, blood bags and tubing, IV containers and components, surgical gloves, breathing tubes, general purpose labware, inhalation masks, many other medical devices Endocrine disruption, linked to asthma, developmental and reporoductive effects. Medical waste with PVC and pthalates is regularly incinerated causing public health effects from the relese of dioxins and mercury, including cancer, birth defects, hormonal changes, declining sperm counts, infertility, endometriosis, and immune system impairment.
Polycarbonate, with Bisphenol A (#7) Water bottles Scientists  have linked very low doses of bisphenol A exposure to cancers, impaired  immune function, early onset of puberty, obesity, diabetes, and  hyperactivity, among other problems (Environment California)
Polystyrene Many food containers for meats, fish, cheeses, yogurt, foam and clear clamshell containers, foam and rigid plates, clear bakery containers, packaging “peanuts”, foam packaging, audio cassette housings, CD cases, disposable cutlery, building insulation, flotation devices, ice buckets, wall tile, paints, serving trays, throw-away hot drink cups, toys Can irritate eyes, nose and throat and can cause dizziness and unconsciousness. Migrates into food and stores in body fat. Elevated rates of lymphatic and hematopoietic cancers for workers.

Polyethelyne

(#1 PET)

Water and soda bottles, carpet fiber, chewing gum, coffee stirrers, drinking glasses, food containers and wrappers, heat-sealed plastic packaging, kitchenware, plastic bags, squeeze bottles, toys Suspected human carcinogen

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AYAM BAKAR BUMBU KUNING

Bahan:
1 ekor ayam ukuran sedang
4 lembar daun jeruk
2 batang serai
1/2 sdm garam
1/2 sdt gula pasir
200 ml santan
Minyak goreng secukupnya

Bumbu Yang Dihaluskan:
7 butir bawang merah
3 siung bawang putih
5 butir kemiri, sangrai
3 cm kunyit
2 cm jahe
2 sdt ketumbar

Pelengkap:
Sambal
Lalapan

Cara Membuat:
1. Panaskan minyak goreng dan tumis bumbu halus hingga harum.
2. Tambahkan serai dan daun jeruk, aduk-aduk sebentar.
3. Masukkan ayam, aduk hingga rata dan ayam berubah warna.
4. Tuang santan, aduk sesekali hingga ayam matang merata dan bumbu meresap.
5. Ambil ayam dan pisahkan dari bumbu kuning yang tersisa.
6. Panggang ayam sambil sesekali dioles sisa bumbu kuning. Bolak-balik hingga permukaan ayam kecokelatan.
7. Sajikan Ayam Bakar Bumbu Kuning selagi hangat bersama sambal, nasi dan lalapan.

GOD’S FOOTSPRINT

I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets
of footprints in the sand,
one belonging to me
and one to my Lord.

When the last scene of my life shot before me
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
There was only one set of footprints.
I realized that this was at the lowest
and saddest times of my life.
This always bothered me
and I questioned the Lord
about my dilemma.

“Lord, you told me when I decided to follow You,
You would walk and talk with me all the way.
But I’m aware that during the most troublesome
times of my life there is only one set of footprints.
I just don’t understand why, when I needed You most,
You leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child,
I love you and will never leave you
never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints

By Margaret’s Power

7 Ways To Encourage A Love Of Reading

When it comes to raising readers, you know the drill: start young, share books aloud, visit the library, and be a good role model. Excellent advice, all of it. But what if you’ve toed that line and your child still hasn’t caught the spark? Or you’ve ignited a flame only to see it fizzle as he gets older and busier? Here we offer a host of creative suggestions and quick tips from FamilyFun readers, all tested and organized into seven simple strategies for inspiring both new and veteran readers.

1. Hook them on the story

A good yarn can reel in even the most reluctant reader.

Start it together: Read aloud the first few chapters (or pages of a shorter book) to get your kids interested in the story, then let them finish it on their own. Molly Cross of Temple Terrace, Florida, simply makes an excuse to step away. The Winns, of Vacaville, California, start audio recordings on car rides, then make copies of the book available for their four kids, ages 7 to 13, to finish.

Pique their curiosity: When her son, Jess, hit the tween years and stopped reading, Nan McDaniel would sit near him, quietly reading something she thought he might like. As she hit a particularly interesting part, she’d exclaim or laugh aloud, then share a compelling tidbit. It worked like a charm, says the Charleston, West Virginia, mom: “Before I could blink, the book was in his hands and being read with curiosity and delight.”

Alternate print and screen: To help her 9-year-old son, who has ADD and struggles with reading comprehension, pay closer attention to stories, Laura Burnes of San Clemente, California, finds books for which there’s a movie available online, and she and her son alternate reading a chapter with watching the film. “It’s like a game trying to figure out what changed and what was left out of the movie,” she says. “It’s amazing how much he retains from the book when he knows he’s going to be looking for differences in the movie.”

2. Keep it fun

Present reading as a game, and kids will be clamoring to play.

Prediction board: The Reikofskis of Omaha, Nebraska, have turned reading books aloud into a game. Mom, Dad, and the six kids guess what will happen next. They record each person’s predictions on a large whiteboard and award points for correct guesses. The family member with the highest tally at the end of the book gets to pick the next read-aloud title.

Midnight movie quiz: There’s nothing quite so exciting as going to the midnight opening of a movie based on a book you’ve loved. The Reikofskis require both kids and adults to take a quiz on the story in advance. If more than half of them fail, they all read or listen to the book again, racing to beat the opening-night deadline. “The kids love this,” says mom Aunesty.

Fact or fiction: Jennifer and David DiValerio of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and their daughters, ages 4 and 8, keep an eye out during the day for intriguing tidbits of information in everything they read. Then they mix the facts with made-up information and quiz each other around the dinner table to see who can guess what’s real and what’s fake

3. Make It Social

Everything’s more fun with friends.

Read to a pet: When Carolyn Halliburton’s daughter was young and struggling with dyslexia, she was happiest reading to the family dog, “who never corrected her,” says the Plano, Texas, mom. For 10-year-old Annie Harbison, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the audience of choice is a crew of very attentive stuffed animals.

Family read-a-athon: Melody Sobers of Clinton, Utah, occasionally cancels bedtime to read into the wee hours with her sons. The gatherings may be planned — say, when a long-awaited title is released at midnight — but sometimes, “we just can’t put a book down,” says Melody. In Champaign, Illinois, the Odoms favor a “Lazy Butt Reading Day,” when they all climb onto one bed or sofa “like a pile of puppies” with books and magazines and share passages aloud as the spirit strike

 

4. Offers Books As Treats

Make reading a reward, and kids will pick up on the excitement.

Tempting tableaux: During her daughters’ toddler and preschool years, Erin Jettenberg of Anchorage, Alaska, occasionally set up little themed reading areas for them to find: a tea-party hideaway with snacks, stuffed animals, and books about friendly critters or a tent stocked with flashlights and books on camping, bugs, and animal tracking.

Book fairy: When the Lodge kids of Timonium, Maryland, were young, their house was frequented by a book fairy, who left surprise reads hidden in their playroom. At the Judkins’s home in Farmington, Maine, the Tooth Fairy brings a book for the first tooth lost, and even a leprechaun has been known to leave texts behind.

Mystery book bag: When Nicole Farrar of Plainfield, Illinois, gets new books for her children, ages 9 and 5, she hides them in a special, decorated canvas tote bag. The kids must ask questions to guess the series, title, or theme before they can open the surprise.

5. Think outside the book

If your kids go for information, there are lots of ways to get it.

Fuel their passions: Heather Buquet of Bourg, Louisiana, supplies her kids with a variety of reading material on their favorite subjects: animals for Natalie, age 11, and fishing and boating for Clint, 16. “If they’re interested in something, kids will gladly read all about it,” notes Heather. Each child has subscriptions to niche magazines, such as Cat Fancy and Yachting, and Heather makes a point of regularly scanning newspapers, magazines, and websites for articles that might appeal to them.

Mix up the media: For kids who’ve grown up with computers, an e-reader or tablet (such as a Nook, Kindle, or iPad) can be an instant draw. After trying everything they could think of to get their youngest son, 12-year-old Andrew, to read for pleasure, Debra and Paul Weaver of Carteret, New Jersey, bought him a Nook Simple Touch. “He started reading almost immediately and continues to do so,” says Debra. Audio books, which allow restless kids to play, draw, or otherwise move about while listening, can work similar wonders.

Log the laughs: Danielle McCartney of Troy, Missouri, keeps a rotating supply of quick reads, including joke collections and animal almanacs, in a tote in her car’s backseat. Her son, Scott, age 8, enjoys flipping through the pages and sharing facts and funnies as they roll.

 

6. Read And Write

Sharing their own ideas on paper can inspire kids to read what

thers have written.

Send fan mail: Colby, Catie, and Zachary Tomasello (ages 11, 9, and 6) of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, mail letters to their favorite authors. They keep a copy of each letter, along with the replies, in a “Dear Author” notebook. Now, says mom Heather, “When they finish a good book, they can’t wait to write the author and let him or her know.” They find addresses online (usually in care of the publisher), and over the past three years, every single writer has responded, much to the family’s delight.

Pen your own: Laurie Goldstein of Morganville, New Jersey, encourages her two boys, ages 10 and 13, to rewrite the endings of books they’ve read, make up stories to go with drawings they have made, and write their own tales. The payoff? Her older son has even gone so far as to write a whole book and self-publish it online.

7. Bring books to life

Get kids interacting with the story, and they’ll stay engaged to the end.

Pick a personality: The Thomases of Dallas, Georgia, like to read aloud, then “jump into the book” by acting out characters and imagining how they would behave with one another.

Make sound effects: Eight-year-old Ikaika Kaahanui of Waimanalo, Hawaii, supplies the appropriate background noises, such as footsteps and closing doors, as his mother, Amanda, reads aloud.

Change it up: When reading old favorites, Darren and Noelle Bolstad of Martinez, California, switch words, while their young sons try to catch them at it. The Brodies of Fort Worth, Texas, rename characters to match family members and friends.

Originally published in the August 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

MY PRECIOUS BELONGINGS

Here is my children picture… they are really love cats…Image

No ones can change them with any preciously thing in this world…Becauce they are the only precious ones to me.

Look at their beautiful eyes and charming smile… So Warm. Like rain drops who fall into the dry leaves.., Like a sun always shinning a cold heart…. I proud for my children.  Even sometimes they make me upset and tired with they acts. But I realize that’s just  ungood feelling that souldn’t be in my mine…I must know, I am a lucky woman. I must greatfull for everything God gives to me.  Yes, yes.. I’am lucky….

Thank you God..thanks a lot. Help me to accompanie my children grow up…bring us good and healthy life forever..

Long Life Learning ….

Ya.. Belajar sepanjang hayat …

I always dream to continuing my study until abroad..

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Study just not always at school by formal ways. But learning about something happen in life is the best lesson I think.

So, don’t stop to learn, reach your dream until come true.

Don’t forget to pray… Lord  will give everything what you want before you ask to…

Aku akan ingatkan ini selalu pada anak-anakku : ”    STUDY, REACH YOUR DREAM, PROUD YOUR PARENT…”