June 21st, 2012 by admin
Plastic cannot be escaped in our daily lives. It is used in packages and products and while it is convenient for both consumers and manufacturers, there are serious risks to human health and the environment. Although this is the case, there are many different ways that you can reduce your family’s exposure to the toxins.
1.Know Your Plastics- Plastics are manmade, which means there are a lot of chemicals in some plastics. There are plastics that have more chemicals than others. For instance stay away from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which usually has the recycling code 3.
2.Keep Plastic out of the Microwave- Use a ceramic plate or an unbleached paper towel when possible. Plastic’s chemical toxins can often leach into the reheated food.
3.Avoid Bottled Water Whenever Possible- Go for the Tap! Big water jugs may contain toxic BPA. It is best to use a stainless bottle or regular glass whenever possible. It is also better for the environment!
4.Avoid Non-Stick Cooking Surfaces- Non-stick pans contain poly fluoridated chemicals that can be relapsed at high temperatures. While we are not completely sure what the risks are why take the risk. Switch to stainless steel or cast iron.
5.Toss Old, Soft Plastic Toys- Some soft plastic toys contain harmful plastic softeners called phthalates. Since many toddlers have a tendency to put these objects in their mouth, it would be best not to keep old toys around!