Why is plastic bad?

There is a ton of information that you can read about why plastic is bad for you, this is just going to provide a snapshot of a few chemicals used to produce plastic and why they are bad.  If you want more detailed information just google it.

WHY IS PLASTIC BAD?

Here are just a few of the compounds found in plastic and why they are bad (and remember these are just the ones that they know about today, everyday they are finding new things):

BPA – Bisphenol A – this is a chemical building block used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.  Among other reasons it is used is because it makes plastic lightweight, high heat resistant, optically clear, and it tough.  It is bad because it is an endocrine disruptor and can interfere with the body’s hormones, especially estrogen, and scientists have linked it to cancer, diabetes, and reproductive disorders (in both women and men).

PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride – it is the third most widely produced polymer.  It is a plastic that is all around us and has made our life more convenient, but as one article stated…this comes at a price.  It has been called one of the most dangerous consumer products every created.  It is known as a human carcinogen.  It has been linked to cancer, birth defects, diabetes, learning and developmental delays, and immune system abnormalities.

Phthalates – this is a chemical used to make plastic more malleable.  They are known to cause birth defects and reproductive problems (especially in males even leading to testicular cancer).

PLASTIC ALTERNATIVES

Try to limit the amount of plastic you have in your house as they give off fumes.  Think about the smell of new plastic items, stick to your instincts…if they smell bad, they probably are.  So try to buy wooden toys when you can, glass storage containers, stainless steel water bottles, wooden high chairs (and other furniture)…and the list goes on and on.

But don’t get overwhelmed, take baby steps.  If you have a plastic heavy household then try to get rid of a little at a time.  Try starting with your tupperware…replace it with glass food storage containers, like pyrex.  Move to furniture, when you need something new try going with a wooden chair as opposed to a plastic set.  If you have to buy plastic it is actually better to buy used items since some of the fumes have already been released.

Again, try to buy items that are made of wood, glass, or stainless steel and take baby steps to a safer household!