Stop the toxic impact that plastic can have on our bodies.
- Studies have shown that plastic leaches chemicals when heated and that they can be dangerous to our health. (source: NPR)
- In a recent small study conducted at Stanford University it was found that chances of miscarriage increased to 80% from foods heated in plastic. (source: The Telegraph)
A study has found that pregnant women who consume food which has been heated in plastic containers have an 80% higher chance of miscarriage. Laura Donnelly of the Telegraph writes that the study was conducted at Stanford University, and featured 114 women. Women with high concentrations of the chemical were 80% more likely to miscarry than women with low to normal levels. Lead author Dr. Ruth Lathi comments that the research is important given the frequency of miscarriage in pregnancy, and the ubiquitous nature of endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A which leach from heated plastics. Writes Donnelly:
- Phthalates and polystyrene (Styrofoam) have consistently made headlines as various studies have emerged solidifying the link between chemicals common in many plastics, and various health problems, including cancer, diabetes, obesity and the attention disorder ADHD. (source: Plastic Free Times)
“The endocrine system is exquisitely sensitive,” she said. “We have evolved to be very, very efficient, so you do not want to be producing more hormones than you need.”
Propper believes that steps must be taken to prevent continued, unnecessary chemical exposure sooner rather than later.
“This is not a trivial issue. The health issues [arising from exposure to EDCs] 50 years down the line could be tremendously expensive and difficult to fix if they are not dealt with soon,” she said.
- A study from Harvard University has determined that bisphenol A , a chemical additive found in plastics, may be causing higher instances of birth defects and infertility. (source: Plastic Free Times)
- Phthalates — Chemicals Widely Found in Plastics and Processed Food – Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure in Children and Teens (source: Science Daily)
Pledge to stop heating and eating out of plastic. And, to be safe, stop consuming food and drink out of all plastics!
Get plastic pollution out of our bodies.
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