What does ECA do

burning-plasticECA members and teams inform the public by using data logging techniques, publishing reports and writing newspaper articles about soil, water, air and noise pollution and its harmful effects. Besides active participation in cleanliness drives, spreading awareness is done through talks using slide presentations, videos, clips, photos and visiting environment club ambassadors and volunteer guides. The harmful effects of Plastic are explained and people are asked to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic. The contacts for plastic recycling are made public so that each area can recycle their plastic waste and each community is requested to form a team of members to convince people about not throwing garbage and plastic on available land.

Messages spread loud and clear

Harmful effects of pollution

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Plastic Facts
1) Plastic does not biodegrade. It lasts for thousands of years releasing harmful chemicals
2) Burning plastic makes toxic gases
3) Animals ingest plastic or get entangled in plastic and die

Plastic Common Uses Adverse Health Effects
Polyvinylchloride
PVC
Food packaging, plastic wrap, containers for
toiletries, cosmetics, crib bumpers, floor
tiles, pacifiers, shower curtains, toys, water
pipes, garden hoses, auto upholstery, inflatable
swimming pools
Can cause cancer, birth defects, genetic
changes, chronic bronchitis, ulcers, skin
diseases, deafness, vision failure, indigestion,
and liver dysfunction
Phthalates (DEHP, DINP, and others) Softened vinyl products manufactured with
phthalates include vinyl clothing, emulsion
paint, footwear, printing inks, non-mouthing
toys and children’s products, product packaging
and food wrap, vinyl flooring, blood bags and
tubing, IV containers and components, surgical
gloves, breathing tubes, general purpose labware,
inhalation masks, many other medical devices
Endocrine disruption, linked to asthma,
developmental and reporoductive effects. Medical
waste with PVC and pthalates is regularly
incinerated causing public health effects from
the relese of dioxins and mercury, including
cancer, birth defects, hormonal changes,
declining sperm counts, infertility,
endometriosis, and immune system impairment.
Polycarbonate, with Bisphenol Water bottles Scientists have linked very low doses of
bisphenol A exposure to cancers, impaired immune
function, early onset of puberty, obesity,
diabetes, and hyperactivity, among other
problems
Polystyrene Many food containers for meats, fish,
cheeses, yogurt, foam and clear clamshell
containers, foam and rigid plates, clear bakery
containers, packaging “peanuts”, foam packaging,
audio cassette housings, CD cases, disposable
cutlery, building insulation, flotation devices,
ice buckets, wall tile, paints, serving trays,
throw-away hot drink cups, toys
Can irritate eyes, nose and throat and can
cause dizziness and unconsciousness. Migrates
into food and stores in body fat. Elevated rates
of lymphatic and hematopoietic cancers for
workers.
Polyethelyne (#1 PET) Water and soda bottles, carpet fiber,
chewing gum, coffee stirrers, drinking glasses,
food containers and wrappers, heat-sealed
plastic packaging, kitchenware, plastic bags,
squeeze bottles, toys
Suspected human carcinogen
Polyester Bedding, clothing, disposable diapers, food
packaging, tampons, upholstery
Can cause eye and respiratory-tract
irritation and acute skin rashes
Urea-formaldehyde Particle board, plywood, building
insulation, fabric finishes
Formaldehyde is a suspected carcinogen and
has been shown to cause birth defects and
genetic changes. Inhaling formaldehyde can cause
cough, swelling of the throat, watery eyes,
breathing problems, headaches, rashes, tiredness
Polyurethane Foam Cushions, mattresses, pillows Bronchitis, coughing, skin and eye problems.
Can release toluene diisocyanate which can
produce severe lung problems
Acrylic Clothing, blankets, carpets made from
acrylic fibers, adhesives, contact lenses,
dentures, floor waxes, food preparation
equipment, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins,
paints
Can cause breathing difficulties, vomiting,
diarrhea, nausea, weakness, headache and fatigue
Tetrafluoro-ethelyne Non-stick coating on cookware, clothes
irons, ironing board covers, plumbing and tools
Can irritate eyes, nose and throat and can
cause breathing difficulties

 

Some specific suggestions

  • Buy food in glass or metal containers; avoid polycarbonate drinking bottles with Bisphenol A
  • Avoid heating food in plastic containers, or storing fatty foods in plastic containers or plastic wrap.
  • Avoid giving very young children plastic teethers or toys
  • Use natural fibre clothing, bedding and furniture
  • Avoid all PVC and Styrene products