My obsession with eliminating plastic from our lives started off as a health issue. I had started to read and hear way too many connections between the negative effects of plastic and our health. Plastic leeching into my food, styrofoam breaking down into my coffee, and phtalates (a chemical used to soften plastic, proven dangerous to pregnant women) emanating from shower curtains –these were issues that I really couldn’t grasp and certainly wasn’t going to put up with. Ideally, there would be a governing body watching over us, letting us know when something harmful was coming our way. In the case of plastics, there is not….so my scientific research continues, through the powers of observation and motherhood , I continue to discover that in fact, plastic really is harmful.
On a positive note, there are so many alternatives. When it comes to what we put into our bodies there is only one answer: it has got to be plastic-free.
On that note, food storage containers. It’s worth a small investment in some glass storage containers.They do have plastic lids,(just in case someone was going to call me out on that one) but I still think they solve multiple plastic issues.
Some great choices:
Bed, Bath and Beyond (pyrex)
Alternative idea: save glass containers from food jars, rinse, and re-use! (now that’s earth friendly……)
A website called Grinning Planet has some great info:
Several research studies have found that when plastic comes in contact with certain foods, molecules of the chemicals in the plastic can leach into the food or beverage. Certain characteristics of the food item can make it more likely pick up plastic molecules:
- The more liquid a food is, the more it touches the plastic, so the more opportunity it has to pick up plastic molecules.
- Acid foods, such as tomato sauce, appear to be particularly interactive with plastic.
- If you heat a food item in a plastic container—even if the container is microwave safe—the transference of plastic from the container to the food is even more likely.
When molecules of plastic—or more properly, molecules of the chemicals that get added to plastics during manufacturing—get into our bodies, it’s not a good thing. They can cause unwanted effects in the human body; for instance, some of the chemicals mimic estrogen. Estrogen, of course, is a normal, essential human hormone; but having too much of it (or the molecules that mimic estrogen) has been associated with breast cancer and other health problems. In general, chemicals that fool the body into thinking they are estrogen or other hormones are called endocrine disruptors.
Eliminating plastic has so many benefits, for our health and the environment. The kids are doing this with me know and each day we are able to move further and further away from the dangers of plastic.