Why is plastic dangerous?
Plastics and your health.
- * 93% of the population has BPA in their bodies (Center for Disease Control).
- * Higher levels of BPA are associated with infertility in men and women (Kaiser Permanente).
- * Chemicals in plastic can also cause endocrine disruption, which can lead to cancers, birth defects, immune system supression and developmental problems in children (Ecology Center).
Plastics and the planet.
- * Plastic can take up to 1000 years to begin composting. So, almost every piece of plastic ever made still exists today (Environmental Protection Agency).
- * Over 46,000 pieces of plastic debris float on every square mile of ocean (National Geographic)
- * Americans generate more than 10.5 million tons of plastic waste per year but recycle only 1 or 2 % of it (Sierra Club).
What is Bisphenol A (BPA)?
BPA is a toxic chemical additive that has been found to correlated with cancer, thyroid dysfunction, obesity, and neurological issues. BPA is used in many plastics that leaches into our food and beverages. BPA is used so widely that tupperware, toilet paper, water bottles, and the coating inside most food and beverage containers have all been found to contain this chemical.
BPA and related chemicals have come under scrutiny from governments around the world. Canada and Europe have already banned the use of BPA in baby bottles. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to take steps to ban BPA in our products. The consumer must take it upon his/herself to protect themselves from these chemicals by choosing options like Clean Planetware.