The Toxicity of Plastic

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 5:05 PM


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Here’s a quick look at a few not so fun facts about the negative health consequences of using plastic products. Read carefully: it may just save your life.
Ample studies have been conducted over the past twenty years on the physiological effects that plastics have on us, and the results all lead to the same conclusion: plastic is toxic. There is still so little we know about the real makeup of the particles which constitute various plastic products, it’s a mystery that it’s even legal. Just because something is approved by the FDA, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s wholly OK to consume. After all, these are the same people who once said that DDT was harmless.
While you may not think you’re consuming plastic, if you use any kind of plastic dish or utensil or wrapper that touches your food, you are definitely putting plastic in your body. Even touching something plastic (a toy, for example) can transfer harmful particles through the skin. According to Science News, 92% of the random 2500 people they tested had more BPAs in their blood than the lab rats did who got diagnosed with a smorgasbord of side effects, including but not limited to: impotence, infertility, breast cancer, testicular cancer (many other cancers), etc. https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/food-thought/how-plastic-weve-become If you’re wondering what BPAs are and why they’re bad, click here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/221205.php To sum it up briefly, BPAs are a chemical found in plastics all over the world, ranging from baby bottles to CDs and tooth fillings. They are deadly. And while minor changes are slowly taking place, (most baby bottle manufacturers quit using them, for example) they are still in many of the products we use on a daily basis. There’s also the issue with phthalates, which are like BPAs, but unique in their own way. Some say better, some say worse. Click here for more info: http://www.chemicalbodyburden.org/cs_phthalate.htm

Ok, yes, of course there are some benefits to plastic (medical equipment, etc.) as has been mentioned in previous posts on this blog: http://www.ecomerge.blogspot.com/2015/05/lets-hear-it-for-plastics.html Here’s the main point: Avoid using plastics as best you can. Plastic silverware, plastic cups, dishes, food containers, etc. Avoid purchasing any foodstuffs that come wrapped in or are touching plastic in any way. Don’t let your children play with plastic toys. I know it sounds impossible, but it’s not. The first step is being aware, which you now are. The next step is making changes. For the benefit of your own health, and the health of all mankind, please SAY NO TO PLASTIC!!!




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