Hazards of Plastics
It is becoming more and more of a well known fact that plastics contribute to many health issues; not only for humans, but in nature as well. For example, it can take
decades, if not centuries, to decompose. During this time they are both an eyesore and a danger to wildlife.
Another issue having to do with plastics involves an organic compound called Bisphenol-A (BPA). Bisphenol-A (BPA) has received a great deal of attention over the last year or so. It is present in some hard plastics such as
and baby’s bottles, and in the epoxy resins used to coat the interior of vegetable and soup cans etc. It is thought by some scientists that it acts like the hormone estrogen, and has been shown by tests to affect reproduction in mice.
While plastic products are often the most convenient option, it is important for consumers to realize the negative effects that these products actually have, and seek out other options. The only way things can change is if we as consumers make the conscious decision to do choose alternatives that are not only safer for the environment, but also safer for our bodies.
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