Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Just Say No to Plastic Boobs

We’ve seen the problems in silicone breast implants in the mid 1980’s. When these fake breast implants are improperly “installed,” they can leak, and cause serious injury leading to death.

These days, fake boobs are safer, thanks to laws put in place to ensure they are correctly used. But how are these things being disposed of?

If the silicone inside a fake breast can cause death in humans, what happens with all those breast implants that are simply tossed away?

Laugh not said the spider to the fly – as you ask yourself who’s going to toss away their bigger, bouncier self-image?

Look at Canada’s living Barbie Doll – Pamela Anderson. Pamela Anderson has had several breast increases and reductions. She’s changed her breast size more times than most people have their tires rotated on their cars.

What happens to all those fake breasts?

Why am I asking this?

No, I don’t have a breast fetish.

The provincial government here, along with other various governments, is thinking seriously about banning plastic bags from landfill sites.

Plastic bags, like most things artificially produced, take forever to break-down in garbage dumps. It can take several hundred years for plastic bags to make it to the ashes to ashes, and dust to dust stage – if ever.

This is due to the nature of most plastics, and why most plastics these days are recycled. Those PET plastic bottles used for pop would take even longer than a plastic bag to break down, simply because of the chemical composition of the plastics.

There simply isn’t enough sun, heat and moisture in a landfill site, to decompose artificially made plastics.

These days, most breast implants are saline (aka salt water) so they do believe it or not – break down in a landfill site. Though the plastic liners that hold all that salt water may last quite a while before becoming dust.

Plastics are a problem, yet we rely so heavily on plastics in our daily use. This computer I type on has loads of plastic parts – from the materials used in the keyboard, to the various wires, sockets, and joints, to who knows what else is lurking inside.

Banning plastic bags from landfill sites is a start, but there is so much more out there, it would be impossible to prevent all plastics from entering our dumps.

We use plastics in everything from the containers used to hold blank CD/DVD spindles, to the plastic containers used by fast food places for delivery, to the plastics used in drinking straws – plastic is everywhere.

If governments were serious about creating solutions to eliminating plastics from landfill, they’d be working on funding research into other materials, while banning plastics from use throughout all other manufacturing.

Though in some ways, every little bit does help. Banning plastic bags will reduce landfill use somewhat, as plastic bags are the most common type of garbage bag used. But, there needs to be more done, to keep all plastics from our landfills.

Maybe we can take a lesson from breast implants. We need a salt water solution, somehow.

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