Safety of Plastics and Alternatives

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“Some scientists are concerned that a chemical found in some plastic products, such as water bottles and children’s sippy cups, could make you very sick and possibly cause cancer.” 01

“Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic — a sturdy, hard plastic found in all sorts of consumer goods, including some nondisposable water bottles, baby bottles, sippy cups and can liners…In a variety of lab studies, it’s been linked to diseases like breast cancer, prostate cancer, obesity, reproductive problems and diabetes…It’s like putting a time bomb into the organs…” 01

“When you eat or drink things that are stored in plastic, taste it, smell it, wear it, sit on it, and so on, plastic is incorporated into you. In fact, the plastic gets into the food and food gets into the plastic and you. So, quite literally, you are what you eat. . . drink. . . and breathe – plastic!” 02

“Although phthalates have been used as plasticizers to soften plastic toys for many years, questions are now being raised about whether their use is appropriate… The debate on the use of phthalates has been expanding in the United States and in Europe.” 03

“Plastic materials/articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs…may contain a variety of substances [that] can be transferred from the plastic material/article into the food during processing and storage, a process known as migration.”  04

“Many people are so worried…that they’re ditching the plastic and looking for containers made from other materials. But that has raised other questions: Just how safe are the alternatives, and is Health Canada trying to find out?” 05

Sources:
01. 2007/11/08 – WBAL TV: Safety Of Chemical Used In Plastic…Questioned
02. 2003/11/16 – Mindfully: Get Plastic Out Of Your Diet
03. 2000/01/11 – KidSource: Mothers Concerned About Safety of Softeners in Plastic Toys…
04. 2007/09/18 – Food Science Central: Plastic packaging and food safety
05. 2008/03/11 – Globe&Mail: Are alternatives any safer than plastics?

Other Links:
HubPages: The truth about plastic
2005/04/13 – EHP: Low-Dose Effects of Bisphenol A Shows the Need for a New Risk Assessment
2005/08/03 – Mindfully: Alternatives to Plastic
2006/05/11 – NCBI: Large effects from small exposures.

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