Say no to Plastic! Go Natural!
Look around yourself, you will see one thing common everywhere; whether you are at home, in school, in office or at a departmental store, and that is plastic. Plastics are everywhere because they are flexible, cheap, and easy to use.
In our daily lives we are exposed to many plastic products. From food and beverages, containers to disposable crockery, all are made from plastic that consist of dangerous chemicals. We have heard so many warnings about use of plastic and its harmful effects. From freezing water in them to leaving them in car, microwave food in plastic containers to air tight containers, plastic dishes to baby bottles all these products can lead us to serious health problems.
Most of the people just ignore the warnings about the plastic material in their kitchens. All plastic products are leaching chemicals into their food, especially if they’re using grade 3 or grade 7 plastics, or any hard plastic. These plastics contain dangerous chemicals which are very risky for pregnant women, infants and children. It is now well known that Plastics cause cancer.
Reason behind this
When hot food is packed in plastic, there is exchange of chemicals between plastic and food, which is maximized by high temperature, and the nature of the food. The more you heat and cool, more chemicals start to break down and leach into food. As a result, serious health issues can arise.
Plastic poses health problems as well as environmental problems. Packaged food in plastic bags contains polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene. If you are using packaged food stored from a long time, you are likely to get serious health problems. As plastic bags are not biodegradable, we may likely face several health hazards soon in future.
Plastic causes cancer. Harmful chemicals released from plastic
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic compound used in a wide variety of products, mostly in plastics. It is used to make clear and hard plastic. It is a weak synthetic estrogen found in plastic products, dental sealants, and on shiny side of paper cashier receipts to stabilize the ink. It’s a building block of polycarbonate (Grade 7 is often polycarbonate) plastic and is used in thousands of consumer products, including food packaging. Its exposure may disrupt normal breast development and can lead to breast cancer.
Phthalates are a group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in PVC or grade 3 plastic. It is used to make plastic soft and flexible. Its exposure may lead to early puberty in girls.
Vinyl chloride is formed in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or Grade 3 plastic. It is very risky for the workers involved in its manufacturing.
Dioxins are a group of chemicals that are formed by burning of fuels and incinerating waste. A dioxin, known as TCDD, is the main cause of cancer. Dioxin is formed in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or Grade 3 plastic.
Styrene can leach from polystyrene or Grade 6 plastic and is found in thermo food trays, egg cartons, disposable cups and bowls, carryout containers.
Reduce your exposure to other chemicals in plastics:
- Don’t let plastic wrap touch food during microwaving because it may melt. There are many other alternatives like wax paper, kitchen parchment paper, white paper towels, that fits over a plate or bowl.
- Microwaving plastic causes cancer, don’t cook food in plastic containers. Harmful chemicals may leach into food when heated regularly or in microwave oven.
- Try to avoid microwave plastic storage bags.
- Try to vent the jar before microwaving food.
- Use glass, porcelain, enamel-covered metal, or stainless steel pots, pans, and containers for food and beverages whenever possible, especially if the food or drink is hot.
- Grade 2, 4 and 5 are considered as safe to use.
- Grade 7 is safe to use with PLA mark or with leaf symbol.
- Grade 1 is safe to use but try to avoid the repetition.
- All recycling symbol number is the code that shows what type of plastic was used to make the product.
- Water plastic bottles are safe to re-use as long as their condition hasn’t worsened. Try to make them clean with hot soapy water and dry them well.
Don’t drink water from plastic bottle left in your car
Do you know how dangerous is that plastic bottled water in your car? Plastic bottles cause cancer .Heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic bottle and releases dioxin into the water, which is highly poisonous. Dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer.
Water in plastic containers is also unhealthy because the containers are usually exposed to direct sunlight when they are loaded onto trucks.
How to Avoid the Use of Plastic.
Important points to keep in mind:
- Don’t keep all plastic containers in the heat and directly exposed to sun.
- Don’t refill store-bought water bottles.
- Try to avoid heating plastic products.
- Go for stainless steel or glass containers.
- Stainless steel water bottle is a good option.
- Only use glass baby bottles and dishes for your infant.
- Try to avoid plastic dishes and cups.
- If you choose to use a microwave, go for glass containers, not plastic.
Be more Eco Friendly.