We are possibly eating, drinking, and breathing plastic everywhere we go—even when we have no idea that plastic is involved. Due to the popularity of using plastic as the material for so many of our daily use items, plastic is literally everywhere!
Most of us know of the significant impact to the environment due to plastic waste, which is a very good reason for finding alternatives to plastic, but, there has not been as much publicity around the potential impact of plastics to the health of our body.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis detected BPA in urine samples of nearly 93 percent of 2,517 people who took part in a national health survey from 2003 through 2004. BPA (Bisphenol A) and Phthalate are harmful chemicals that can leach from plastics and be absorbed into our bodies.
Plastic is everywhere!
We absorb these toxins through hand and mouth contact, and by breathing in airborne particles, when our food and water is packaged in plastic and metal.
These potentially harmful chemicals in plastic are in the plastic bags and containers that hold our food, in the pipes that carry our water, in the bottles we use to feed our infants…in window frames, shower curtains, raincoats, cars, eyeglasses, safety helmets, phones, keyboards, bandages, lipstick, nail polish, CDs, dinnerware, sports safety equipment, incubators, heart-lung machines, IV bags, bottle tops, packaging, dental sealants, sports bottles. The list goes on and on.
Consumer Reports, released in November of 2009 found that in almost all of the 19 name brand canned foods tested; including soup, juice, tuna, and green beans, each contained some level of BPA.
The report states “The canned organic foods we tested did not always have lower BPA levels than nonorganic brands of similar foods analyzed. We even found the chemical in some products in cans that were labeled "BPA-free."
Various studies have linked plastic to increased rates of cancer, asthma, neurological disorders, infertility, reproductive abnormalities, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.
Finding as many alternatives to plastic as possible is a smart choice for your health, the health of your family, and the health of our living planet.
Making these plastic-free choices can be simple in some cases, like giving up plastic produce and grocery bags, plastic drink bottles and other single-use disposable plastics. It is much more difficult to reduce the plastic choices that are really deeply a part of our lives—like our cars and our computers–but we can strive to become increasingly conscious, and to make choices based upon a greater understanding of our impact.
Our goal at Hands On Hemp, with our reusable bags and informational website, is to help with this change as much as we can. There are many other sources on the internet that can also help with great ideas for alternatives to plastics.
Below is a list of the chemicals found in different types of plastics, the common uses for the plastic, and the possible adverse health effects of each: