Another Hidden Threat in Plastics

Anyone reading this blog knows that I am very anti-plastic. I am constantly looking for ways to cut our reliance and usage on this modern convenience. It seems like everyday I stumble across some new bit of information confirming my suspicions.

In a column in July 15’s New York Times, author Nicholas Kristof took on the subject of phthalates, chemicals used by manufacturers to soften plastics. These chemicals can be found in plastic water bottles, food containers, toys, lipstick, hair conditioner and fragrances (to name just a few). Therefore, it should come as no surprise that phthalates are also found in almost every American’s body.

So, what’s the problem? The problem is that phthalates act as endocrine disruptors, suppressing male hormones and mimicking female hormones. Research suggests that phthalates cause early puberty in girls and may “feminize” male fetuses. Animal studies around the world validate these theories. And some scientists are now suggesting that these chemicals may also play a role in the stunning increase of autism rates. In June, the Endocrine Society — composed of thousands of doctors in the field — issued a strong and clear warning that endocrine disruptors (including phthalates) are “a significant concern to public health.”

Evidence pointing to the danger of phthalates is mounting, and some endocrinologists are urging their friends and family to stop using plastic water bottles and food containers while the research continues. If the scientists doing the research are worried, why aren’t we all?!

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  1. WackyMummy says:

    I thought you'd be interested in what I did:

    Great ideas, by the way. =)

  2. Maureen says:

    So glad you tried & liked the homemade laundry detergent. Save lots of money and help the planet, too!!

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