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Six Tips for Avoiding Exposure to Harmful Plastics
The chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA for short, is in the news again. A recent article in the New York Times, In Feast of Data on BPA Plastic, No Final Answer, discloses that after ten years of research with hundreds of studies completed and millions spent, government health officials still can’t reach a decision on the safety of this substance that is used to line food and drink cans and make clear plastic containers as well as a host of other products.
Practically everyone is exposed to this chemical that has been charged with contributing to a variety of ills, from cancer and obesity to infertility and behavior problems.The fierce debate that has ensued over a possible nation-wide ban has split along, no surprise, party lines. Republicans, backed by food packaging and chemical industries insist it is safe, while environmental groups and many Democrats are lobbying for its ban. Dianne Feinstein, very recently tried, without success, to attach an amendment banning its use to the new food safety bill coming up for a vote in Congress.
We should not expect meaningful legislation anytime soon, and in its absence we encourage everybody to exercise the precautionary principle on an individual basis.
Here are some tips on avoiding exposure to BPA and phthalates, another ubiquitous chemical found in flexible plastic items like rubber duckies, among other numerous sources.
1) When possible, avoid polycarbonate, especially for children's food and drinks. This plastic might be marked with the recycling code #7 or the letters "PC". Plastics with the recycling labels #1, #2 and #4 on the bottom are better choices because they do not contain BPA.
2) Avoid putting any plastic containers in microwave. Wash plastics on the top shelf of your dishwasher or by hand.
3) Some metal water bottles lined with an epoxy-based enamel coating could leach BPA. Look for stainless steel bottles that do not have a liner, or glass bottles with a rubber outer wrap. Avoid using old and scratched plastic bottles.
4) Avoid products with the ingredients like “fragrance” or “parfum” on the label. Also avoid products that say “Unscented,” as they may contain a masking scent that is also a fragrance. Look for fragrance-free on the label, or products that list only essential oils on their roster of ingredients.
5) Look for alternative packaging materials, glass bottles instead of plastic containers for example.
6) Check out watchdog guides to see how your household products rate in terms of safety.
Marie Veronique Nadeau founded Marie Veronique Organics over 10 years ago and is a nationally recognized formulator and beauty expert. She collaborates with her daughter, Jay Nadeau, physicist and bio-medical engineer, to carefully choose each ingredient in her products to address the causes of aging at the source. Marie holds a BS in Math and Chemistry as well as an esthetics license from Paris Beauty College. She is a mother of 2 and a grandmother of one. When she is not developing cutting edge anti-aging products, she can be found reading at her local library or foraging for mushrooms with her granddaughter.
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