TED

Video: Breast Cancer and the Link to Plastics

Once again, the links between plastics and our health are making headlines. In a recent article in Slate magazine shared:

Recent studies show that some pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and plastic additives appear to change when and how the mammary gland develops. Even low doses, close to what average Americans are exposed to currently, have been linked to altered development, cell growth, and gene expression in animal mammary glands. The chemicals include the notorious baby-bottle chemical bisphenol A, dioxin (a by-product from burning plastic and a common food contaminant), phthalates (plastic additives), atrazine (a top-selling herbicide in the United States, now banned in Europe), flame retardants, and stain repellants. PFOA, a common chemical used to make Teflon, appears to delay puberty in animal pups and reduce the size of the mammary gland, while chemicals that mimic estrogen may accelerate puberty.

Just reading that one paragraph, reminded of this great TED talk from Jeanne Rizzo, the CEO of Breast Cancer Fund:

What do you think?

The Impact of Oil: The Visual Story

If you didn’t know, plastic is made from oil – its petroleum by-products. And while we posted earlier about Edward Burtynsky’s TED Prize Talk, this month he made a very compelling return to the TED stage. He presented his latest work on the impact of oil on our environment. While the world noticed oil’s impact from the news this summer from the BP Oil Spill, we move along quickly from major news stories and move on with our lives. But oil is part of our everyday lives – from plastic in packaging to containers to the oil we use in heating and in running our cars. Take in the visual images from Edward’s latest work below.

You’ll understand why we’re 100% plastic free in our products and our packaging.

Edward Burtynsky: A Visual Story of Our Impact on Our Environment

In 2005, now 5 years ago, TED awarded renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky its annual TED Prize. We’ve heard of Burtynsky’s work and his passion to document our human impact on our world. His riveting, and at times near horrific, landscape images captivated us and clearly the people at TED. His video below, which includes his images, is a compelling message for all of us to move towards sustainability.

What do you think? Have you found images that changed your own behavior? Send us a link.

Why We Need a Solution to Plastic Pollution

The problem of plastic pollution is very real. Beyond looking at the trash littered along the sidewalk or highway, all of the plastic thrown away ends up somewhere. We found this TED talk from Dianna Cohen of the Plastic Pollution Coalition to be one of the most compelling presentations on the environmental impact of our preference for plastic.

At BottlesUp, we’re focused on a solution. Join us.