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Leaching Plastic: Healthy Choices

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/20 at 11:52 AM
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A few months ago we read an article in Scientific American on the hazards of some plastics leaching the harmful hormone-disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) after repeated uses. We found the article quite disturbing, since we were using quite a few plastic containers for drinks, snacks and lunches. After doing a bit of further research, we discovered that not all plastics contain BPA. We were under the incorrect understanding, however, that the higher the plastic number stamped in the container, the more risk of leaching there was. We went through all of our plastics and threw away any containers with a #5 to #7. Since then, we have learned a bit more. We may have over-reacted. An article in The Good Human online magazine outlines the different plastics and their safety level with regards to BPA. Plastics with #2, #4 and #5 stamped on them seem to be the safest to use. Plastics with #1, #3, #6 and #7 stamped on them all pose risks of leaching hormone-disrupting or carcinogenic chemical. Repeated use of these plastics should be avoided.

We continue to look into the issue of leaching plastic, because there is still some debate about the health concerns of plastics. In the meantime, however, we are not willing to take any chances.

Visit National Geographic’s “The Green Guide” for a comprehensive article on the Bisphenol A (BPA) debate.

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