Did you know that there can be massive amounts of highly toxic pesticides used in the shipping containers, especially when products and materials are shipped over seas?
In a world where recycling is being encouraged, this presents some potentially serious problems that aren’t being widely discussed. Some things have simply not been designed to be reused, and recycling toxic materials just spreads the contamination further afield, causing low level poisoning and some kinds of chronic health problems.
The trend to build all kinds of indoor furniture and garden beds out of pallets is quite troubling. The pallets used in these containers would also have absorbed the pesticides and be unsafe for re-use. This article describes other issues with pallets.
Converting shipping containers into homes is another big trend (see below).
The following documentary depicts some serious problems related to clothing (as well as some other items that were shipped long distances) when saturated with health harming levels of pesticides. Manufacturing issues are also examined in this video.
The Toxins Return
“It is here that clothing giants like H&M find their suppliers. Julia was a loyal employee of a H&M store until repeated exposure to shipments left her seriously ill. ‘I was in a bad state’ she remembers ‘if I’d stayed any longer, I would have lost my kidneys’.
I’ve personally had organic clothing arrive saturated in pesticides.
Shoes are not exempt from pesticide contamination:
Suit alleges shoe boxes contain ingredient in rat repellent
… “The two companies both make items to thwart the growth of fungus or mold, which can ruin shoes during shipment by sea. Because most shoes sold in the U.S. come from Asia aboard cargo container ships that take multi-day ocean voyages, footwear manufacturers commonly put some kind of anti-moisture packing material in shoe boxes, usually silica gel packets or anti-fungal stickers or sheets.” …
And then there is this:
The Pros and Cons of Cargo Container Architecture
… “Shipping container architecture gets a lot of encouraging coverage in the design world as a trendy green alternative to traditional building materials, and seems like a smart choice for people looking for eco-consciousness. However, there are a lot of downsides to building with cargo containers. For instance, the coatings used to make the containers durable for ocean transport also happen to contain a number of harmful chemicals, such as chromate, phosphorous, and lead-based paints. Moreover, wood floors that line the majority of shipping container buildings are infused with hazardous chemical pesticides like arsenic and chromium to keep pests away.” …
Collateral contamination / collateral damage
Toxic contamination and subsequent health damage can come from so many unexpected places for those of us who are more “sensitive” to pollution, and it can send those of you who are not yet affected on your way to toxic overload.
We need verified, safe supply chains, especially for children, those of us with MCS/ES and other vulnerable populations (I would include all life forms here). We need laws, regulations and industrial systems that keep toxic chemicals away from daily use where unintended consequences create collateral damage with no-one accepting responsibility to repair the damages their harmful substances have caused after being released on an unsuspecting public. Too many are adversely affected now. There is no away…
I’ll close with this (which I saw on facebook):
“The world’s not getting any younger. Or healthier. And until the Mars housing market opens up, we’re stuck with Earth as our home. So why not take better care of it?”