A Cleaner Environment
We all probably know the scoop on plastics right? Yet July 8, 2015 showed just one more insidious side to the underworld of plastics. This study in particular is a tug on my heartstrings. Not only are very popular plastics full of BPAs (Endocrine disrupters), now they claim to also be the cause of high blood pressure in children. This correlates significantly with the predictions of the male Millennials having heart attacks in their 20’s. It’s also been proven to accelerate heart disease in sedentary folks. It’s looking like the majority of mainstream America is a target on many fronts however, I believe this to be a critical link in our collective health care that we can personally control first and foremost. Why bother eating right and exercising if the containers of our food are sabotaging our hard work?
Our family has stopped using the dishwasher for any plastics except on rare occasion. I recycle scratched wares and don’t even think about re-using plastic containers meant for one use only (ie water bottles, yogurt containers, …) and have eliminated plastic wrap. (I couldn’t tear a straight sheet half the time anyway!) Check out my blog post about ‘Clean Safe Plastics proving Toxic’ for more details.
A Plastic World
“Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers. Some phthalates are used as solvents (dissolving agents) for other materials. They are used in hundreds of products, such as vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats), and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes).
Phthalates are used widely in polyvinyl chloride plastics, which are used to make products such as plastic packaging film and sheets, garden hoses, inflatable toys, blood-storage containers, medical tubing, and some children’s toys.” 
These known chemicals – phylalates are still distributed and commonly used in almost every sector of our lives. From ‘cradle to grave’ our environment is bombarded with plastics – toys, water bottles, kitchen ware, refrigerator, washers, dryers, dishwashers, … Even the ‘paper’ receipts we use are coated with toxic chemicals (especially susceptible after hands are lathered in hand sanitizer). Think twice. Act smart. Share the world.
Don’t forget that recycle symbol when the surface starts to show wear and tear. Don’t throw it out – recycle whenever possible. And if you’re really progressive, you probably avoid the microwave and dishwasher prolonging the active use of plastics while releasing less chemicals into your food supply.