Easing Earth’s Plasticular Cancer, Part 2 of 2 – safety issues as related to plastic
Reminiscent of a children’s book in which several “is not”…“is too” exchanges blend into “snot stew,” officials have been serving their own snot stew in response to demands on whether it’s safe to be ingesting the plastic chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) – found in numerous food and drink containers, dental sealants, and consumer products. The EPA deems 50 ppb of BPA within humans as safe, yet with 95% of Americans hosting BPA and multiple nations already outlawing the chemical, their debate is anything but settled.
Reports spawning from research groups across the globe warn of links between BPA and various health concerns including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, infertility, and numerous mental and behavioral problems. Slowing the production of a potentially hazardous chemical sounds like a safe idea to many consumers, but this isn’t the case for plastic industries profiting off the 6.4 billion pounds of BPA produced annually.
Phthalates and other plastic compounds should also be under interrogation after being identified as endocrine disruptors. When these plastics hit the landfill they leach into our soil and waterways, disrupting adjoining ecosystems. In addition, weathered plastic products end up in the “Pacific Garbage Patch”- an animal’s nightmare covering an area larger than Texas and increasing tenfold every decade.
So until this “snot stew” has been properly digested, here are some changes that you can make: Sprint from plastic numbers 3, 6, and 7 as these contain BPA and are recycling losers. Avoid canned goods lined with BPA resin, don’t permit plastic wrap to touch your foods, and definitely don’t let your plastics meet any heat as it accelerates leaching. Most importantly, pass up plastic products whenever possible as none of them prove complete innocence.
Related: previously on altCon –
Easing Earth’s Plasticular Cancer, Part 1