Green Divas Radio Show: Learning to Live with Less Plastic

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plastic bottles and bagsPacked house today, making the Green Divas’ studio absolutely buzzing with boundless activity. Our show today was all about plastic — the good, the bad, the ugly, and what you can do to be more ecologically sound with your own personal plastic usage. Green Diva correspondent Julie Hancher, publisher of the Green Philly Blog has some updates on her initiative to get her city to reduce plastic bag usage. Green Diva Mizar has ideas for her DIY segment on up cycling the plastic materials that we already have around the house, plus Eco Ed Schwartz enlightened us about the harmful effects of the chemicals in plastic.

We were supposed to talk to filmmaker, Ed Brown about his documentary Unacceptable Levels, but our busy friend couldn’t make it at the last minute. We got to see the film and EVERYONE should see this film!!! We’ll have him back soon. Stay tuned . . .

Meanwhile, please listen to the whole show and/or read about the details below! 

Julie Hancher, Green Philly BlogGreen Diva Correspondent: Julie Hancher on Philly’s quest to reduce one-time plastic bag use

She started the Green Philly blog in 2008 to encourage Philadelphia’s sustainability. She wants people to go green in the most stress-free way (hey, kinda like the Green Divas!). She wants to implement a fee for one-time plastic bag use to help consumers become more aware of their plastic use, while also educating them that they have a choice by making reusable bags widely available. Philadelphia has tried unsuccessfully twice now, but she is determined that now is the right time for this type of legislation. They have a city council person who will likely introduce it this Fall, so she is gathering community support and raising awareness about this important issue.

Listen to the podcast to hear Julie’s great report!

Green Dude Report: Eco Ed talks about the poisons of plastics

Eco Ed just came back from Hawaii. He was working with the mayor of Maui to help make their local tourism industry more sustainable. Now that he’s back and a bit jet-lagged, he was in the studio to inform us about what exactly is in plastic. So many things are manufactured with it, but there are many harmful chemicals in it that can get into our bodies. Bi phenol A (BPA) and Phalates are chemicals commonly found in plastic that have some pretty risky side effects in terms of human health. The chemicals leech into the food or fluid stored in a plastic container, and are absorbed in our bodies, but these toxins are known endocrine disruptors — NOT good. These chemicals are found in all types of food  containers and packaging, shower curtain liners, outer coatings of many pharmaceutical pills, lubricants, modeling clay, waxes, paints, inks, and yes, even sex toys (hee hee hee). 96 percent of women have BPA in their system and babies are now being born pre-polluted with these types of toxins. YIKES! Some alternatives? Ceramic, glass and stainless steel work great for food and fluid containers. Get those canvas bags out too! Check out GD Mizar modeling Eco Ed’s bag in the studio.

Green Diva Mizar modeling Eco Ed's reusable bag

Listen to this excellent Green Dude segment on the harmful effects of plastics!

Green Diva Mizar’s DIY: Up Cycling Plastic Bags into Colorful Beads

colorful up cycled plastic bag beadsGD Mizar is ALWAYS thinking of things to do to reuse whatever plastic ends up in her house. After ranting a bit about the plastic scourge and making us laugh, GD Mizar talked about a few ideas for up cycling and repurposing all those plastic bags that persistently find their way into our lives. She talked about her latest DIY tutorial and show she made some colorful beads by fusing plastic bags together.

Read GD Mizar’s post to get step-by-step instructions and see the beads she made!

Listen to GD Mizar’s DIY segment on creative ideas on how to reuse those plastic bags that you already have!

Feature GD Interview: Ed Brown, Producer of Unacceptable Levels

Even though Ed was unable to speak with us this week, I encourage you to watch this trailer and keep an eye out for this excellent and powerful film. We hope to have him in the studio to talk about the film soon, so stay tuned!

Listen to the entire podcast on the plastics of yesterday, today and tomorrow right here. 

Plastic bottles & bags image via shutterstock

About the author / 

Green Diva Gina'

Green Diva Gina (aka Gina Gioldassis) is fondly referred to as the “Happy” Booker & Foodie-Phile Editor. She was producing and hosting the Eco-Radio show at Drew University when we met her, and we were thrilled that she chose to come work with us after she graduated. Having been brought up in New Hampshire in a Greek family, she is a natural food explorer and enthusiastic green diva. Previously, she worked as a production intern for both WNYC's Soundcheck and New Hampshire Public Radio's All Thing's Considered. While not in the studio, she spends her time traveling, eating, doing yoga and working full-time as a finance writer. At the moment, aspires to one day master her grandmother's homemade doughnut recipe.

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