Donna MacMullin from shares with you her knowledge about plastic products. Most of us have heard that drinking out of plastic baby bottles can be harmful to a child‟s health, but how much do we really know about BPA and other toxins found in plastics – including toys, food containers and other items we use everyday?
There‟s plenty of research that reveals plastic isn‟t so fantastic. In a 2009 study, the Harvard School of Public Health found that bisphenol A, a chemical used in the manufacture of some plastics, can leach into humans. As BPA is an estrogen-mimiking chemical, it has been shown to interfere with reproductive development, and has been linked with cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. As a result of this and other studies on BPA, the toxin has been banned in several countries including Canada, the
European Union and Malaysia, but currently there is no regulation on toxins in plastics sold in Australia. Phthalates and Dioxins (PVC) are also common chemicals found in plastics and have been linked to cancer, reproductive disorders and behavioural disorders in children. What‟s more, studies have found that when some plastics are heated (like when you microwave leftovers in a plastic container or heat your child‟s milk bottle), the amount of toxin leached into your food can be significantly greater.
While more research is being done worldwide, parents are wise to choose products that are toxin-free, and here are a few simple alternatives to help you reduce exposures:
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