FAQs - Plastic good or bad for our Health

17 Aug 2016

What is Bisphenol A (BPA) & how good or bad it is for our health?

 BPA – Bisphenol A, often known as BPA is a chemical found in hard plastics and the coatings of food and drinks cans. BPA is used to make many products, including water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic and sports equipment.

 

Health Effects - Scientists have linked very low doses of bisphenol A exposure to cancers, impaired immune function, early onset of puberty, obesity, diabetes, and hyperactivity.

 

Suggestions:

 

  • Use BPA-free products. Manufacturers are creating more and more BPA-free products. Look for products labeled as BPA-free. If a product isn't labeled, keep in mind that some, but not all, plastics marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.

  • Cut back on cans. Reduce your use of canned foods since most cans are lined with BPA-containing resin.

  • Avoid heat. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, advises against microwaving polycarbonate plastics or putting them in the dishwasher, because the plastic may break down over time and allow BPA to leach into foods.

  • Use alternatives. Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids instead of plastic containers.

 

How does food contaminations occur?

Your food is contaminated with toxic chemicals from plastics. These chemicals you are eating and drinking are changing you on a cellular level, altering your chromosomes in ways that can lead to infertility, obesity, and cancer. 

 

What’s PET (polyethylene terephthalate) & Polystyrene? Ill effects on human health?

It's a plastic resin (SPI code#1) and the most common type of polyester. Many beverages, food items and other consumer products are delivered in bottles or packages made from PET. Manufacturers like it because it's safe, strong, transparent and versatile. Customers choose it for its safety, lightweight, reseal ability and recyclability. Up to 100% of a PET package can be made from recycled PET, and the material can be recycled again and again.