BPA-Free Plastic is not safe after all!
**The below article is adapted and modified from the original article by Emily Bartlett @ Holistic Squid (http://holisticsquid.com/your-bpa-free-plastic-isnt-safe/)
You probably avoid most plastic stuff because it's not only awful for the environment, but can leach hormone disruptors into our water, food, and ultimately, our bodies. Many of these issues have been blamed on a chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA) which can be found in plastic food containers, linings of metal food cans, and even baby bottles and pacifiers.
You've probably found some great BPA-free alternatives but you may have re-usable water bottles or give your kids sippy cups or lunch containers or worst of all use plastic feeding bottles(PP,PPSU etc.) for your baby that are touted as BPA-free plastic.
SO… You may also be appalled to learn that BPA-free plastic isn't safe after all!
Why BPA-free plastic is a problem
BPA-free plastics are turning out to be just as dangerous as the products they've replaced. A peer-reviewed study published by Environmental Health Perspectives revealed that almost all plastics, no matter what type (BPA-free or not) were found to leach estrogen disruptors. In fact, some BPA-free products actually released more harmful chemicals than the original products that clearly contained bisphenol-A. (source)
So why is harmful plastic still being used?
One glaring problem is that the laws governing chemical manufacturing do not require new chemicals to be safety-tested before they go on the market. Companies are rarely required to collect or disclose safety data: these chemicals are just presumed to be safe until proven otherwise, often after damage is already done. (source)
Because of this, it is virtually impossible to even know the exact chemical composition of any commercially available plastic part. A plastic item like a baby bottle can contain almost 100 undisclosed chemicals, so a product labeled as BPA-free (or free of any other known toxin) may still have component parts that actually contain harmful chemicals anyway. (source)
On top of all of this, research is often biased because companies pay laboratories to misrepresent the testing, or use outdated studies to prove points that are in their favor.
Is all this plastic drama really that big of a deal?
Over 130 studies have linked BPA exposure to health concerns such as breast cancer and obesity. Mammals are especially vulnerable to these estrogen altering plastics, resulting in hormonal issues that range from early puberty in females and fertility problems to increased cancer rates – especially breast, ovarian, testicular and prostate. (source)
Not only do these endocrine-disrupting chemicals cause disease, but new research suggests that they may be altering genes in a way that can increase likelihood of disease in offspring as well. A biology professor from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Fredrick vom Saal, states, “A chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him.” (source)
Time to break up with plastic for good
We can basically assume that any type of plastic can be potentially harmful. So the question then remains, how can you protect yourself, your family, and the environment against the problems of plastic?
Here's what we suggest:
Use glass or stainless steel instead of plastic for food serving and storage
- Glass food storage
- Stainless steel lunch boxes
- Reusable bottles – Glass or Stainless Steel
- Party or picnic – Silicone or bamboo materials
- Baby gear – Natural rubber pacifiers, glass sippy cup, glass baby bottle, medical-grade silicone nipples are the best recommendation!