In a world where plastic is everywhere we look, in particularly in our kitchen and toy rooms, it can be overwhelming to go from plastic to non-plastic. And is it really worth it to get rid of the plastic? Are they truly actually dangerous? Let’s look at the facts.
1. Plastic are forever. Plastic does not decompose, it’s not biodegradable and it never goes away. Throw plastic into your garbage and it ends up in our landfills and will remain there forever. Many plastics also end up in our environment, killing animals and sea life each day. More than a million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die every year from eating or getting entangled in plastic, according to the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation. And while there’s the option to recycle, very few in the entire world recycle. For example in the USA only 2% of Americans and only 1% worldwide recycle plastic bags.
2. Plastic is dangerous for your health – both you and your children. Studies after studies have proven that plastics, both BPA (which acts like a hormone similar to estrogen) and even BPA-free plastics can leach toxins that are known to cause cancer, asthma, and other illnesses. A recent study found plastics that are commercially found, including baby bottles, toys and BPA-free plastics leached toxins that even low doses were enough to cause a negative effect on our health.
3. The production of plastic is a contributing cause to the rise in premature babies. The Environmental Working Group reported this summer that mothers ingest and pass to their unborn babies 217 chemicals known to harm fetal brains. The chemicals come from clothing, food packaging, flame retardants, pesticides, food additives and emissions from power plants and plastic production, among other prevalent sources.
Plastics are everywhere and yet there aren’t any safe plastics. There are bad and not so bad plastic, but there is no such thing as perfectly safe plastic.
Join the discussion, how can parents reduce plastic in their households?