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15 Bizarre, Scary And Mind Blowing Facts About Plastic

Environmental scientist and writer Michael SanClements (@msanclem) shares some facts about plastic that you might not have known... Find out what else you might not know about plastic at

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Plastic was invented when a billiards company offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could come up with a replacement for ivory in billiard balls. Pretty weird considering that plastic now causes so many environmental problems.


90% of the adult population has chemicals from plastics in their bodies. These chemicals, like BPA, mimic hormones and have been tied to cancers, birth defects, and developmental disorders in children.


Plastic might be making you fat – the chemicals in plastic have been linked to obesity. Plus, avoiding plastic is a great way to avoid junk food. Unhealthy snacks tend to be packaged in a lot of plastic.


At the start of WWII plastic was basically unheard of, but today we are producing approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to make it through a day without coming into contact with plastic literally hundreds of times.


Ever give any thought to the plastic in your sex toys? You should. Sex toys are classified as novelties, which assumes they won’t actually be used. For that reason, the quality of plastics and amounts of potentially toxic substances aren’t regulated. To be safe, consider silicon or glass toys.


Cash register receipts are loaded with loosely bound BPA which can easily migrate through your skin and into your bloodstream. In fact, the amount of BPA in receipt paper is approximately 100-200 times higher than typically found in food packaging.


In the United States we landfill roughly 85% of the plastic we consume on an annual basis. Plastic is made from fossil fuels. There is a lot of energy locked up in that plastic, the equivalent of nearly 180 million barrels of oil annually. The technology to turn plastic back to oil exists. Meaning, we are literally throwing away or littering oil every day.