Magazine article New Internationalist

Plastic

Magazine article New Internationalist

Plastic

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From this month's editor

I don't know about you but I'm both an inveterate label reader and a sceptic - have been for years. Cans, boxes, bottles: you name it, I read it. It's a bit of an in-joke at our family dinner table. There's Dad reading the label on the pickle jar again. Maybe it comes from growing up when consumerism was still in its infancy and the wonders of modern science were accepted without question.

'Better living through chemistry' was more than an advertising slogan back then - it was, in those innocent times, a declaration of faith in modernity. Then came DDT, asbestos, agent orange and horrors of Love Canal. Suddenly, corporate chemistry didn't look so good anymore.

Today it's more of the same. The toxic substances in your sunscreen, shower curtains, plastic bottles and cleaning products may be killing you. …

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