Since their creation in the early part of the 20th century, plastics have been used in almost every item that man touches in his daily routine. However, many people don’t know that the very item that we use and trust everyday might be leaching toxins into us.
These toxins include Bisphenal-A (BPA), Tributyltin, and Phalates.
Studies have shown that there are harmful effects related to the consumption and inhalation of these substances. These effects include:
- Premature Puberty
- Low-Sperm count
Two other studies done by the FDA were concluded stating that these effects were not shown in any human testing. However, both of these tests were funded by the plastic bottle industry. Also, animal testing has shown that these effects do exist and are most likely in humans as well. Also, other independent studies have proven these results. The highest concern is in that of infants where the Phalates can affect the developing brain. Also, pregnant women who are exposed to Phalates have given birth to babies with brain damage and birth defects. There has also been research done to show these results in animal testing as well.
Urine tests conducted on 2,571 people have shown that 93% of the test group had excessive amounts of BPA in their urine. The same study also found that the amounts of BPA varied depending upon race, age, sex, and income. Mexican Americans had lower levels than that of Black and White Americans. Also, Women were found to have higher levels than that of men. Children were shown to have higher levels than that of Adolescents, and in turn Adolescents had higher levels than Adults. Finally, people of higher income had lower levels than that of lower income. Additional research has shown that toxins spread in the air correlate to allergies and asthma in developing children.
The problem with plastics in regard to this potential is their relative instability. Plastics break down over time, releasing these toxins. This process is sped up in the presence of heat. When these toxins leek into the environment, they tend to contaminate our food, cosmetics, commonly used products, and toys, or are spread into the air where we then inhale them. Almost all toxins released from plastics make their way to humans in one form or another.
It is essential that the consumer examines the products that they are using and how they were packaged to insure that they are not involuntarily contaminating themselves or their loved ones.