Charlie Lynch – Ceramicist

Posted on: July 22, 2014 by Pandora Schaff

These ceramic cups are replicas cast from plastic disposable cups. The surface is a product of the wood firing process, each piece is unique. This work is a comment on America’s use of the ubiquitous plastic disposable cups and the negative health effects they can have on people. I hope to provoke consideration of what people drink out of and why.

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Some of the plastic cups casted contain a chemical called BPA (bisphenol A).“Bisphenol A is thought to be an endocrine disruptor which can mimic estrogen and may lead to negative health effects. More specifically, Bisphenol A closely mimics the structure and function of the hormone estradiol with the ability to bind to and activate the same estrogen receptor as the natural hormone.” What happens if you drink from something that could poison you? Would you drink from a lead cup? No, you know it’s bad for you. So why do you drink from plastic? Three of these cups had BPA (bisphenol A) before they became clay.One million cups are thrown away every five hours in the United States alone, filling up our landfills and our oceans with trash. Plastic breaks down into smaller bits of plastic, but never truly breaks down entirely. Plastic particles enter the ecosystem and concentrate in areas like the Pacific garbage patch.As consumers we need to use our money wisely, in order to change the products that companies make and sell. Our choices on how we spend the all mighty dollar can influence the companies that provide products. By not purchasing a product made with BPAs you can stop the use of BPAs. We should demand labeling of plastics and to know the chemicals they contain. We should have health effect warnings. We need to recycle all plastics in the proper way

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Posted on: July 22, 2014 by Pandora Schaff