Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Reducing Plastic

I was recently reminded by an article in the New York Times about the dangers lurking in plastic. It highlighted a study which "found that endocrine disruptors that are sometimes added to PVC plastic cause mice to grow obese and suffer liver problems"...suggesting that endocrine disrupting chemicals such as BPA and phhalates may be related to American obesity epidemics, among other health issues.

What you may not know is that these endocrine disruptors are found in everyday products all around us, from BPA in plastic water bottles, aluminum can linings, and grocery store receipts to phthalates in plastic wrap, PVC building materials, shower curtains and even children's backpacks (ahem, Disney).

Meanwhile, it was promising to see another study showing how quickly people were able to reduce their levels of BPA and phthalates by avoiding them for just three days. While I try to limit my own exposure to canned foods, I have been using plastic quite liberally for food storage. I've decided that one of my 2013 resolutions is to reduce plastic in my life. Read on for  in post at the Green Phone Booth to learn more about how I'm planning to kick plastic to the curb.


  1. Oh, man. This is so hard to do! I only drink from BPA free containers. But the plastic containers for leftovers are much harder to kick. I have a few glass ones and I try to remember to use them, but it's a tough transition.

  2. This is a really good post! We have been working the past several years to eliminate the toxins in our home. Plastic is one we have made some transitions on. We have a reverse osmosis water filtration system and use glass water bottles. We have changed over from plastic to glass containers for our food.

  3. Alicia - wow, a reverse osmosis water filtration - that's awesome. i've only seen that when i was vacationing at an ecolodge in the caribbean.