Step by step you can create a plan to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals and create less plastic waste.
Plastic toxins mimic Estrogen, and your body takes these toxins to all the places you use Estrogen. Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that is added to hard plastics, water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, DVDs, linings of food cans and household goods — is an endocrine/hormone disruptor . BPA has been linked to reproductive disorders, heart disease, asthma, breast cancer and memory problems.
1. Never let your food touch plastic. This is revolutionary! And a really important way to reduce your family’s exposure to the toxins that leach from plastic containers into your food — especially when the food is put into the containers while it is warm!
2. Don’t cook with plastic utensils. Why contaminate all those organic ingredients by stirring them with plastic spoons and spatulas that leach toxins into your otherwise healthy meals??
3. Choose natural gum alternatives like ginger chews, fennel seeds or mint leaves. Most chewing gums are made out of a plastic called polyvinyl acetate, manufactured using vinyl acetate, a chemical shown to cause tumors in lab rats.
4. Ask your Barista to fill your reusable cup or thermos. Plastic cups are often made of polystyrene, and you won’t be the first person to bring your own thermos or car mug.
5. Use reusable bamboo, metal or glass straws — or none at all.
6. Bringing your reusable containers to restaurants when you go out to eat is one great way to avoid disposable packaging and exposing your warm leftovers to plastic containers.
7. Carry your own bamboo or metal cutlery to avoid plastic utensils. And remember to ask for no plastic cutlery for your take out orders. We usually never use it, and it collects in our drawers and eventually becomes landfill that never biodegrades.
8. Rent or borrow items from family, friends and neighbors that you rarely use or only need for a one time use. This helps to reduce plastics used in manufacturing.
We interviewed blogger, Beth Terry, who has done much of the research for you on reducing your family’s exposure to toxins and generating less plastic waste. Hear Beth share some of her favorite cool plastic-free innovations, how it’s not just sea birds who are eating plastic, and how she convinced Clorox to make Brita Filters recyclable.
How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too!