The plastic facts
While it may seem safe to allow our food, water, and mouths to touch these items endlessly, research on the chemicals in plastic suggests we should be more careful.
Plastic contains a whole host of toxins that are harmful, including:
Phthalates. Found in the plastic of almost every product, phthalates are a family of eight hormone-mimicking chemical compounds that give plastics softness and flexibility. Studies have identified them as hormone disruptors, meaning that they interfere with the normal functioning of hormones like estrogen and thyroid, and can negatively impact the development of a healthy reproductive system, cognitive function, and a strong immune system.
Bisphenol A (BPA). Used in the hard, shiny plastics to make products like baby bottles, sport bottles, and sippy cups, BPA is a chemical that has also been categorized as a hormone disruptor linked to brain and behaviour changes, cancer, and reproductive issues. Exposure is worst when foods and beverages come in contact with it. Think: water sitting in a water bottle, food being stored in plastic containers, or worst of all microwaving food in a plastic container. Foetuses and infants are most susceptible to the toxic impacts.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Widely known the most toxic plastic, PVC has been categorized as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization. It’s usually present in play mats, shower curtains, inflatable toys, rubber duckies, air mattresses, and more. Just like Phthalates and BPA, PVC has also been confirmed as an endocrine disruptor, which can negatively impact the development of a child’s healthy reproductive and hormone system. Exposure is most often through inhalation or ingestion.
Upgrading your everyday survival gear
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The impact on planet Earth
Plastic is not only toxic but also one of the biggest sources of environmental pollution. Since plastics are created to stand the test of time, they are a far cry from biodegradable and clutter landfills for hundreds of years. Not only that, but when they find their way to our oceans, those toxins leach into water, smother natural ecosystems, and harm wildlife. That means choosing eco-friendly reusables also ensures that when you part ways with them, they’ll be recycled and kept away from on our precious sea, land, and all inhabitants.