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Beth: So I wondered if you had researched bioplastics a bit, and wondered also if they might be a safe(r) alternative to the petrochemcal-plastic containers now being used?  Since the ones in ued now are derived from fossil fuels, it seems as though any plant-derived plastics would be safer.  Of course I understand that they should biodegrade quickly and completely and pose no threat to wildlife to be considered a sensible alternative to what we now have.

2 years, 3 months ago on What I Should Have Said to Melissa Harris-Perry: We Are the Albatross

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***(sorry: I left my computer for a moment and it posted my unfinished thought on its own.) 

To continue with my post...99.9% of the hits would have stated that plastics are derived from fossil fuels, 10 years ago.  Google it now, and one will be amazed at the mention of bioplastics--plastics made from the organic fats and polymers, etc., from plants and trees.  Maybe they are (at least) a good intermediate answer to the problem, and if they are manufactured in a sustainable and safe process, and further, can be made to biodegrade quickly, may be partly, or completely, an answer to the problem.  Let's hope so.  100 years ago, it was the visionary Henry Ford who advocated the use of organic plastics made from plant material, and his engineers made steering wheels and dash boards and other automobile parts from plant-derived plastics. He even created an automobile body made completely from such plastics, and toured with his "plastic car" to prove that it could be done (in about 1941, if memory serves;  Google:  "Henry Ford's plastic automobile",) and he dared people to try and dent or crack the plastic with a sledge hammer he provided.

2 years, 3 months ago on What I Should Have Said to Melissa Harris-Perry: We Are the Albatross

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I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated  your input on the show, and I further enjoy your "We are the albatross" overview.  Beginning right this minute, all of us who love the Earth and the creatures that inhabit the Earth, must become outspoken advocates for the environment--and wear it like a badge!    Time is of the essence, since polluters spend enormous sums of money to influence legislation that allows them to continue polluting. If one were to google, "from what source is plastic derived", I would guess that 99.9% of the

2 years, 3 months ago on What I Should Have Said to Melissa Harris-Perry: We Are the Albatross

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