5 Reasons You Should Eliminate Plastics from Your Life

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Nowadays, we all know that using plastic is not healthy. But why are the chemicals found in plastic dangerous to our health (and especially the health of our growing children); and why is it important to avoid the use of plastic?

1. Plastic waste is an environmental catastrophe.

All of the plastic we use every day doesn't biodegrade and has to go somewhere. And where does it end up? In landfills and in the oceans.

The North Pacific Gyre, also called the North Pacific Garbage Patch, is a mass of swirling plastic particles. It's a global, environmental catastrophe. And there are five of these gyres in the world, which we contribute to every time we buy something that includes plastic.

2.  Plastic gets ingested by the fish we eat.

Don't think you're being affected by the North Pacific Gyre? The tiny plastic particles in the ocean get ingested by birds and fish, and end up in our food chain.

It isn't likely a coincidence that the rate of cancers, infertility, allergies, and immune disorders are climbing at alarming rates. Environmental factors, like plastics, are playing a role.

 3. The chemicals in plastic result in illness.

Chemicals found in plastics – including bisphenol-A, flame retardants, formaldehyde, and perfluorochemicals – can lead to all kinds of illnesses, like cancer, immune dysfunction, endocrine disruption, neurological damage, obesity, and diabetes.

The more processed the food, the more likely you are to ingest materials that contain phthalates, and they can easily leach into food. This is why you are advised to never heat up anything in a plastic container. Use glass to heat up food instead; and buy tomatoes and other food in glass containers, instead of cans. Avoid more sources of phthalates, including plastic cups and utensils, beach toys, and plastic wrap.

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4. Water bottles leach a known carcinogen.

Water bottled in #1 PET, or PETE bottles (polyethylene terephthalate), leach DEHA, a known carcinogen, into the water.

I don't know about you, but I can taste a difference in the water once a plastic bottle has been warmed up in the car, for example; and I'm convinced that chemicals leach into it. So we use stainless steel bottles, which we refill with filtered water at home.

5.  Infertility now has a link to chemicals in plastic.

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You probably know a couple that is dealing with infertility issues – maybe you are even personally affected. There has been research into the consequences of plastic use in regards to infertility; and a new study now indicates that chemicals in plastics can lead to the the disruption of hormones that may result in infertility issues. The doctor who conducted the study over the course of two years stated, “Be aware that products such as BPA are there and this may be one contributing factor that may play a role in this horrible disease of infertility.” 

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Americans use millions of plastic bottles and items that include plastic, like plastic-lined cans, every day; and we are feeling the devastating effects now – both in our environment and in our personal health.

It isn't a likely coincidence that the rate of cancers, infertility, allergies and immune disorders are climbing at alarming rates. Environmental factors, like plastics, are playing a role. Your best bet: use glass to store or heat up food, instead of plastic; avoid plastic items and fast food; and look for skin care items and containers that are made without BPA and other plastic chemicals.

What do you do to avoid the use of plastic?

 

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5 Reasons You Should Eliminate Plastics from Your Life

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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3 comments

  1. Phammom says:

    We need to do no more.

  2. Samantha says:

    I wish people took this seiously!! It’s a big problem and there are major consequences to being oblivious.

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