Here’s an easy way to eliminate some toxin exposure. Stop using plastic to store or serve food.
I don’t buy plastic food containers anymore. Mainly because I don’t want to add another toxin to my environment and my food, and I suggest you do the same.
I also avoid anything canned and do my best to avoid plastic packaging (that’s a hard one but I do put in the college effort).
The problem is plastic leaches harmful chemicals that can disrupt hormones and linked to a jumble of other conditions.
I don’t know about you buy I don’t want to risk messed up hormones just so I can pop leftovers in the fridge.
But what about “BPA free” plastics, aren’t these safe?
I hear this a lot. I used to buy into the idea that BPA free plastics were safer too. But friends, we’ve been duped! **waives fist in anger**
Many years ago, I thought I was being so good by buying nothing but BPA free plastics, but all I was doing was swapping one toxin for others.
So for all those amazing families who are trying to live a less-toxic Filtered life in a world full of chemicals here’s the scoop on why you should skip the plastic.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Almost everyone has heard of BPA. It’s prompted those big shiny “BPA free” labels we see everywhere. Here’s a reminder of why BPA is toxic for your body.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
BPA is a synthetic estrogen that disrupts hormones and affects our brain development, metabolism and reproductive systems. What’s more, evidence suggests that the developing fetus and young child are most at risk.
In fact BPA is so bad many states have (finally) banned its use in baby bottles and sippy cups (source). Although BPA is still found in receipt paper, can linings, and many plastic products.
But an ongoing problem are the chemicals that remain in the plastics. Banning one chemical is not a panacea.
The Problem with BPA Free
Now you may be thinking I’ll just buy BPA free, but BPA free does NOT mean toxin free. Think about that.
According to Green Med Info BPS is just as harmful:
Breaking new research indicates that manufacturers throughout the world who were using the toxic hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA), may have simply switched to an equally toxic analogue in the same bisphenol chemical class known as bisphenol S (BPS), to evade regulatory oversight
Despite the industry-wide move away from BPA towards BPS, they both exhibit similar estrogen-like properties. A 2005 study performed by a Japanese research group found that BPS was only a slightly weaker estrogen than BPA.
BPS is active (potentially toxic) at the level of equivalent level of one packet of sugar in 3000 gallons of water.
According to Environmental Health News:
In 2005, a group of Japanese scientists compared BPA and 19 other related compounds for their ability to mimic the female hormone estrogen. They tested the effects on human cells and found that bisphenol S was slightly less potent than BPA, but not by much: bisphenol S was active at 1.1 micromolar concentration, BPA at 0.63 micromolar. One micromolar is roughly equivalent to a packet of sugar in 3,000 gallons of water.
Well that’s pretty awful! Oh but it gets worse my friends…
According to a report in Scientific American:
“Nearly 81 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPS in their urine. And once it enters the body it can affect cells in ways that parallel BPA. A 2013 study by Cheryl Watson at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that even picomolar concentrations (less than one part per trillion) of BPS can disrupt a cell’s normal functioning, which could potentially lead to metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity, asthma, birth defects or even cancer.”
I don’t know about you but I’m not going to knowingly store, wrap, or serve my food in known endocrine disruptors that have been linked to obesity, diabetes, cancer, infertility and more.
This my friends is an easy choice.
Here are a few ways to avoid BPA and BPS (and all their villainous pals) in your everyday life.I used to buy into the idea that BPA free plastics were safer. But friends, we’ve been duped! Learn the truth!Click To Tweet
Tips to avoid plastic, BPA, & BPS
- Avoid plastic water bottles and opt for glass, like this silicone wrapped Life Factory Bottle or stainless steel like this Kleen Canteen.
- Store your food in glass or stainless steel. This Glasslock set is what I use and love. This stainless steel bento box is great for packing a lunch.
- Use glass bakeware like this great set which includes almost everything you could need.
- Use glass or stainless steel bottles and sippy cups for your kiddos. This is what I use for my little one.
- Make your baby’s food with an immersion blender in a glass bowl instead of a plastic baby food maker.
- Use glass french press or stainless steel percolator to make your coffee (No plastic coffee makers, I’m sorry, I’m just the messenger!).
- Avoid plastic lined paper cups (bring your own).
- Avoid aluminum soda cans (here’s yet another reason for those still struggling with soda).
- Avoid buying plastic packaged foods (homemade is always better).
- Avoid using canned food (though a few brands have eliminated BPA in their can linings most still have BPA [source]).
- Avoid getting/touching receipts from stores they are LOADED with BPA (A handy tip: If you need the receipts just carry an envelope and ask the cashier to slip it into the envelope. Ok, so it may be odd but better that than soaking up toxins unnecessarily).
I know that it’s impossible to avoid ALL plastic packaging, I get it, EVERYTHING comes in plastic.
I’m not saying you should obsess over every piece of plastic (please don’t), but I am saying be smart about eliminating it in places where it’s easy to replace…like food containers, dishes, and baby bottles.
Remember the Filtered life isn’t about perfection, it’s about doing what you can.
There have been times when I’ve been out in 100 degree heat and run out of water. I’m not going to dehydrate because I’m avoiding BPA. I’m going to buy water in a plastic bottle because that’s a better option than going to the hospital for heat exhaustion (which I’ve had by the way).
Again, this isn’t about being perfect, it’s always about doing YOUR best. Every bit helps!
If you want to read more about detoxifying your kitchen this post, 5 Kitchen Swaps to Keep Your Home Toxin Free, some great tips.
How about you? Have you implemented these tips in your life? Are there some safe products that you love and I missed? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Until next time!
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Yang, C. Z., Yaniger, S. I., Jordan, V. C., Klein, D. J., & Bittner, G. D. (2011). Most Plastic Products Release Estrogenic Chemicals: A Potential Health Problem That Can Be Solved. Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(7), 989–996. http://doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1003220 (link)