How many of your plastic kitchen tools and other everyday items of convenience are free of Bisphenol-a (aka "BPA")?
As such, BPA free products have been gaining much popularity due to the release of evidence that BPA can lead to many health issues including reproductive health problems and several types of cancer.
However, is elimination of BPA really going to solve any of the most harrowing issues in relation to production of plastics and their long-term effects on the ecosystem in general?
Please take a moment to consider other important factors:
- What other potentially toxic and environmentally destructive chemicals may be lurking within the compounds of plastic, even after BPA has been eliminated from the manufacturing process? One company is going to trial over this matter, as others are sure to follow.
- Where will these products end up after they are no longer useful to us?
- Even when recycled, there are various barriers which prevent the vast majority of plastics from being reused indefinitely - Will they then be cast into the abyss of refuse?
- Most "biodegradable" & "compostable" plastic items widely available on the market at present are made from GM corn, which is also detrimental to biological & environmental health.
Consumers have the power to make positive changes to current systems, thus making things better for our environment and future generations. Please consider some of the numerous alternatives available for those of us who truly care enough to make responsible choices. Many alternatives could easily become mainstream (and very affordable to everyone) if enough consumers were to make demands for such.
- For kitchen use (and ongoing re-use), we recommend glass bottles/jars, storage containers, drinking straws, cutting boards, etc. in lieu of plastics. Silicone can also be used as a lightweight, non-breakable option for those of us who may be concerned about breakage.
- For commercial use, hemp & coconut packaging are readily available resources, and could easily be incorporated into production methods for many pre-packaged items and various everyday commodities.
Freedom of choice can be a marvellous thing, especially when those of us who excercise this freedom are willing to do so mindfully - and with care.
We thank you for having taken the time to read and acknowledge these imperatively vital issues, and ask that you please share this post widely.
- Care2 - "How Safe Are BPA-Free Plastics?"
- Science Daily - Plastic Bottles Release Potentially Harmful Chemicals After Contact With Hot Liquids
- MedicineNet - Plastic Types, Dangers of Bisphenol-A and Recycling Plastics
- Natural Society - Bottled Water Leeches 24,000 Chemicals into Your Body, Study Finds