The unhealthful chemicals that are in our personal and household products are just a tiny example of our own daily connections to the world of chemistry and polluting effects of modern industry. The mining and extracting of metal, minerals, gems, oil, etc. are rife with polluting chemical processes, as are most agricultural operations. Chemical synthesis provides other raw materials for production of our things.
It is such an eye opener to check out this site, called Scorecard.org. Companies report their emissions and disposal of chemicals and toxins to the Federal Toxics Release inventory. Scorecard.org then ranks them all with regard to the specific chemicals, companies, type of industry, amounts, regions, danger to human health, land, water, and air.
Wow. If one needs any more incentive to consume more consciously, to waste less, here it is.
The top polluters are metal mining companies, especially mining zinc, lead, steel, copper and gold. After mining, comes power companies, chemical plants, paper and all else. So if you aren’t in a sensitive mood, take a look at these lists, which provide a glimpse into the depth of the excrement of our developed world. For as awareness grows, so may our digestion improve.
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Barbara Hirsch, recording engineer, eco-person
“Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– The Lorax, Children’s book by Dr. Seuss