The Real Threat of Bad Plastics
By now we all know the importance of drinking enough water in a day. From increased circulation, better digestion and improved mood, being hydrated is something that can change your life for the better, everyday. But what most of us do not take seriously enough is how we get that water to our bodies. Plastic toxicity is a growing threat to our world and our families. From cancers to hormone disruption in youngsters, it is responsible for a variety of health problems, not to mention pollution. Today let’s take a look at some of the dangerous plastics out there, and how we can avoid them.
- Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
This is a very commonly used plastic for foodstuff packaging. Everything from sauce to eggs can come in this form of plastic. While it is deemed safe for foods, it is actually quite toxic when exposed to heat.
Avoiding it: Try to shop for eggs in cardboard and other easy alternatives, and, above all, do not microwave this plastic!
- High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
This is another very common plastic that is deemed safe. It can be found in milk and juice bottles. Over time this plastic can leach out toxic materials. This can be harmful to young and developing minds and bodies.
Avoiding it: Look for uncoated cardboard for your beverage containers, or try to find a service with reusable milk bottles. Anything in glass is better than this plastic.
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
This is a flexible plastic used in wrappings, pipes and containers. Although deemed safe it can disturb hormone levels in young men.
Avoiding it: Stay away from shower curtains, building supplies and other materials marked with PVC.
This is used in take-out containers very often. It is considered safe but research shows that it can be attributed to cancers.
Avoiding it: Again, do not heat your to-go containers in the microwave or allow them to get too hot. Try to frequent restaurants that use cardboard boxes or Chinese-food style containers.
This is styrofoam. It is banned in many places but you will still find it, usually with food or coffee served in it. Besides being horrendous for the environment, it can be toxic to humans as well.
Avoiding it: Boycott any stores or restaurants that still use this awful plastic. Bring your own to-go containers or travel mugs if you are forced to stop somewhere that uses it for food.
- BPA plastics
Look for anything containing BPA...and then run the other way. These are the most dangerous forms of plastic and they have no place in your home.
Avoiding it: Invest in water bottles, coffee mugs and containers for leftovers in metals, safe plastics or glass.
We are all doing our best to stay safe and healthy. Don’t let hidden plastics bring harm to you and your family. Invest in a BPA-free water bottle, especially one with time markings to help guide you towards proper daily water consumption. Do yourself, your family and the environment a favor and ditch the plastic for good.