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It's raining plastic

Postby TheVat on August 19th, 2019, 9:33 am 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... roplastics

“I think the most important result that we can share with the American public is that there’s more plastic out there than meets the eye,” said Wetherbee. “It’s in the rain, it’s in the snow. It’s a part of our environment now.”

Rainwater samples collected across Colorado and analyzed under a microscope contained a rainbow of plastic fibers, as well as beads and shards. The findings shocked Wetherbee, who had been collecting the samples in order to study nitrogen pollution...
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Re: It's raining plastic

Postby Serpent on August 19th, 2019, 10:27 am 

Told you not to eat the fish! Well, now it's in the kale and potatoes, too.
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Re: It's raining plastic

Postby TheVat on August 21st, 2019, 4:50 pm 

I'm not sure that root systems can absorb plastic particles, but it's worth looking into.

BTW, I came across this....

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-5-best-bio ... gs-9912305

The cornstarch based bags look pretty good - no plastic. I assume these work for cats, as well as dogs.
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Re: It's raining plastic

Postby Serpent on August 21st, 2019, 5:55 pm 

TheVat » August 21st, 2019, 3:50 pm wrote:I'm not sure that root systems can absorb plastic particles, but it's worth looking into.

So far, no good.
https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/how-plastic-is-getting-into-our-food-and-what-it-means-for-us-1.784563
In the cast of plants, root and tuber crops such as carrots and potatoes may take up microplastic fragments as the root or tuber grows, enabling these microplastics to enter the human food chain,”


The cornstarch based bags look pretty good - no plastic. I assume these work for cats, as well as dogs.

Looks pretty good, but I don't imagine they're big enough to hold the soaked litter. Of course, the toilet is out of the question: every clog between the bathroom and septic tank costs $130-150. For litter, my mother liked Yesterday's News when she lived in a city. It disappeared for a while but is back again. Still pricey, though.
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