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Created by : S. Muralidharan, Executive Director, Knowledge Foundation  | 10 09 2009 04:33:08 +0000
Industry : NGOFunctional Area : Strategy Execution(Strategy & Execution)
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Plastics have become an inseparable bi-product in our society.  We prefer plastics to earthernware, steelware, jute, etc. for the simple reason that they are light-weight, easy to carry, adds one's status in the society (misnomer).  Its usage causes severe damages to our cells and tissues in the long run, that leads to cancer, and other dangerous diseases.

The information is very important and comes from a very well known source.
Walter Reed Hospital in USA
Cancer Update from John Hopkins - This information is being circulated at  Walter   Reed   Army   Medical   Center  as well.

No plastic containers in microwave.
No water bottles in freezer
No plastic wrap in microwave.

A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer.
Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at  Castle   Hospital
was on a TV program to explain this health hazard.
He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.
He said that we should not be heating our food in the
microwave using plastic containers...
This especially applies to foods that contain fat.
He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin
into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body...
Instead, he recommends using glass, such as  Corning  Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food.. You get the same results, only without the dioxin.
So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc.,
should be removed from the container and heated in something else.
Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper.
It's just safer to use tempered glass,  Corning  Ware, etc.
He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons... Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

ALSO -------------------------------------

Bottled water in your car  is very dangerous.
This is how Sheryl Crow got breast cancer.  She was on the Ellen show
and said this same exact thing.  This has been identified as the most common cause of the high levels in breast cancer, especially in  Australia  .
A friend whose mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and the Doctor told her: women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car.

The doctor said that the heat and the plastic of the bottle have certain chemicals that can lead to breast cancer.  So please be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left in a car, and, pass this on to all the women in your life.  This information is the kind we need to know and be aware and just might save us!
The heat causes toxins from the plastic to leak into the water and they have found these toxins in breast tissue.  Use a stainless steel Canteen or a glass bottle when you can!

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Do we still fall behind? Vs Abandon Plastics usage once for all!
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yes ... i do agree that every thing has its utility up to some minimum and maximum level ...and  after that it will really show its  impact on our normal system.. so use of plastic material up to certain level is not harmful but after this definitely going to give its bad impact as in the case of drugs and medicines.. so its up to us in what way we are using it or how much we make us dependent  on it.. but seriously i want  to ask whether  its possible to think our life without the existence of plastic ...

By varsha , Head/VP/GM-Quality, frac  10 25 2009 07:19:47 +0000
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We should shift to alternates immediately.  Government should take on the peril in warfooting.

By S. Muralidharan, Executive Director, Knowledge Foundation  10 09 2009 04:33:08 +0000

It is easy to ask to abandon plastic items completely. But is it possible?

Plastic has endeared itself because it lends itself for a variety of uses. It is water proof, pliable, cheap, easily transportable, light-weight and so on.

If very thin sheet could be made out of it, it also comes handy to produce things like bullet proof shelters, which are five times stronger than steel!

It does not mean I am unaware of the long term risks involved in the use of plastics. But getting rid of it is not going to be easy. We should continue our efforts to spread general awareness; and wherever it is possible should change to other environment-friendly items quickly and compulsorily. The local bodies can play effective role in this matter.

The plastic bags could be easily replaced by reusable bags. There may be oher items also like this. Though it is a very tough job, we should continue our efforts. I have given some useful information in an article of mine on 'Using Reusable Bags' published in Dynamic Youth Online Magazine. The link is:

By Kumbakonam S Venkataraman, Associate Editor, Dynamic Youth online magazine  | 10 25 2009 05:27:59 +0000

Definitely a debatable...but the awareness factor plays a vital role. The topic is still confined to only few of us. The role of Government and NGO is a vital one. Banning of plastic will not do a lot till its alternative is accepted by one and all. The plastic is a easily available and affordable to a common man, and the drawback of using it is not known. Paper is already a scarce luxury, the condition of Jute industry is known to all of us...all this factor combines to make it practically impossible to do away with plastic...awareness........awareness and awareness is only the solution besides making the alternative available......... 

By Dinesh Dutt, Warrant Officer incharge Communication , Indian Air Force  | 10 16 2009 06:18:59 +0000

plastic stuffs are very closer in our daily life, so its very hard to stop that.

By diwakar bansal, sales associate, lemon tree hotel, gurgaon  | 10 11 2009 10:00:28 +0000

Plastic use is not the mainstream product in India, it is a parallel running support to many of the running successful businesses. The more we proced in fast moving life e.g. the construction of big shopping complexes, food packing needs will grow exponentially. It adds to your luxury, it supports the flebility of life. The tentderness and cosiness needed into the day-to-day life is supported by plastic.

We should learn to reuse and recycle it as western countries do.

Beleive me the life will be much easier!

Plastic needs an educated mass who use it, unfortunately we dont have it!!!



By Mrinamya Ranjan Kr Mishra, Electrical Engineer-Industrial, Windmöller & Hölscher India Pvt Limited  | 10 11 2009 09:45:35 +0000

Plastic is not bad at all.

Its up to us by which way we re using it .

Like opium is good as medicine but worst as it used as drugs.


Like S murlidharan -Dioxane is bad ....Ok dioxan is not the only component from plastic is manufactured.

So dear plz look in to matter .

All things,behaviour,persons have two sides.

Its upto us We want good one or bad one.

Plastics has lots of varieties ,  I assure you that all plastics product are not hazards for health

We use these products in such a manner that it will causes danger to us.

We should have strict policy for plastic thickness,Recycle,wastage,reuse,raw material(It is biggest concern) selection.

Remove hazards plastics from from our range.

We are safe.


So  from my point of view we should not blame for plastic for its effect.

We should use it in some systemetic way then Platic is very useful to us from morning brush to bed .

By AnandVyas , Paint Technologis, Vijay Tanks &vessels Ltd.  | 10 11 2009 07:54:21 +0000

Excess of anything causes problem. We should know the danger and limit when we  use. Biodegradable is also good for disintegrating plastic waste but there is danger that same process may attack good plastic in use. Glass is good alternate and is time tested. We should use glass also with care. It may hurt if not handled properly.

By Shyam Dikshit, Partner/Principal/VP, VAWE Solutions  | 10 09 2009 15:22:37 +0000

Alternative is already found such as biodegrade material wich will not spoil the environment, the only thing is the price of the biodegrade raw material,govt can support (financilly)people whoever implementing biodegrade rawmaterial to thier product.

By sundaramoorthy gk, Industrial Engineer armor plast ltd  | 10 27 2009 11:56:02 +0000

It prevents water from entering into the earth. Hence the water level goes down and the earth gets warm. This will lead to the destruction of human species on earth.

By mariadhasan pathrose, m.d., enrichware software pvt. ltd  | 10 16 2009 06:49:25 +0000


Plastic is hazardous to man & other species on which man depend. Not even few decades before there was no plastic, then too people used to carry a lot. Now a days man carry two to three mobile phones for hours together can't he manage to carry a bag which is harmless to all.

I accept that few plastic items like buckets, roofsheet & mugs etc are having high utility but plastic covers which is hard to recycle cent percent should not be used.

By M A Kiran Achar, Search Engine Marketing Analyst, Theorem India Pvt. Ltd.  | 10 11 2009 15:12:03 +0000

Use of Bio degradable bags should be put in use with immediate effect

By MAJETY CHANDRA SHEKHAR, Construction-Residential, SINDHU INFRATECH  | 10 11 2009 14:54:06 +0000

Yes, Plastic is poison which kills environment slowly & gradually but for that we are responsible. Govt should put banned on usage of plastic there are various options for plastic but it is in our hand which one we choose? 

By prakashraj kumavat, MBA/PGDM student, Omegan School of Business (ICFAI Tripura)  | 10 11 2009 08:47:31 +0000

Plstic is not only effecting to the health hazard, It has become a big trouble for envierenmental polution. Although there is several proceedures, policies in many countries for recycling them or reuse. All of these countries has been failed to totaly solve this problem.

By Appuhamy Ralalage Lalith Wasantha Indunil, Engineering Manager, Macbertan Private Limited  | 10 10 2009 06:47:34 +0000

Mr Venkatesan is right.If we cannot do good lets not do harm,that too to the earth of life

The problem in the current period is that we eat all junk without least respect for the Liver and fall we seem to care less for earth in the same terms. its because we dont see Liver's problems from outside and in the same way we never take any interest to see what happens to plastic which was thrown to earth a few years ago.

if these plastics are buried or throwm in ones own land the only it is posiible to know the gravity of the situation.

By Charles davison, Project Manager, Douglas OHI LLC  | 10 10 2009 04:56:09 +0000

i feel all types of plastics should be abandoned.They are silent killers

By Charles davison, Project Manager, Douglas OHI LLC  | 10 09 2009 10:55:10 +0000

We do not eat whatever we cannot digest.

in that case why feed our mother earth whatever she cannot digest?



By venkatesan , Manager Business Development, channel express pvt ltd  | 10 09 2009 10:47:50 +0000

I do agree with Isha as Plastic which is not bio degradable should be ban with immediate effect. Chemicals manufacturer in aborad has already shifted to Jute bags while carring their materials. The ban has duel effect, it can protect the environment from slow poisoning and help in saving dying industry

By Snehashis Basu, Sr. Manager, LMG HYDRO PNEUMATICS  | 10 09 2009 10:21:15 +0000

Instead of local plastics, we should promote Bio-degradable plastic bags and Paper bags more and more. The local plastics takes at least 10,000 years to get destroyed. They just remain in their polystyrene form for the next 10,000 years and spread all kind of pollution, ruin beauty of the nature, block the ways, water passages, underground terminals etc. They even damage the aquatic and Land animals also to a lot of extent. By using the recycling options we can save the nature from this poison in a lot of extent...

By Isha Verma, Sales/BD Manager, Larsen & Toubro  | 10 09 2009 05:29:25 +0000
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