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Plastic Pollution Is Everywhere. Including You.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

By Lisa Frack, EWG Social Media Manager

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're aware that plastic creates pollution. And if you've been paying any attention at all to the state of our planet, you've heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex, an appropriately less cutesy name. [Read this now if you have no idea what I'm talking about].

Here's the thing.

Most folks who work to end our plastic habit focus on the environmental impacts -- such as trash, oil use, and manufacturing emissions. All important. EWG looks at it from another angle, too: the plastic pollution inside us. In you. In newborn babies.

Ken Cook added this environmental health perspective to the global conversation about plastics pollution - and what to DO about it - at a recent TEDx event in Los Angeles (called, aptly, TEDx: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch).

Thanks to You Tube, you can catch his talk here:

 

 

Not familiar with TEDx events? They're independent gatherings organized under the umbrella of TED - a small non-profit dedicated to sharing riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world, in person and (of course) on the internet.

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