BPA Free Update: Ditch the Plastic Food Containers

Study Shows (and Proves) Harmful Hormones Leach from Non BPA Free Plastics

Most plastic products, from sippy cups to food wraps, can release chemicals that act like the sex hormone estrogen, according to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives.

The study found these chemicals even in products that didn’t contain BPA, a compound in certain plastics that’s been widely criticized because it mimics estrogen.

Many plastic products are now marketed as BPA-free, and manufacturers have begun substituting other chemicals whose effects aren’t as well known.

But it’s still unclear whether people are being harmed by BPA or any other so-called estrogenic chemicals in plastics. Most studies of health effects have been done in mice and rats.

The new study doesn’t look at health risks. It simply asks whether common plastic products release estrogen-like chemicals other than BPA.

The researchers bought more than 450 plastic items from stores including Walmart and Whole Foods. They chose products designed to come in contact with food — things like baby bottles, deli packaging and flexible bags, says George Bittner, one of the study’s authors and a professor of biology at the University of Texas, Austin.

Read the full article at NPR.org

Plastic State of Mind Musical Parody Forces Change – Will You?

I found a song I really like and an environmental cause I really believe in all wrapped into one…the result this video about making one change in your life….reducing the use of one time plastics such as plastic grocery bags, plastic bottles and plastic ware.

BPA News: Plastic IS bad for your health

NorthJersey.com reports the dangers of BPA in plastic food containers.

Latest News Report States the Effects of BPA in Plastic Containers

I am not going to repeat what you and I already know about the dangers of BPA in plastic food containers, but this article from NorthJersey.com really pushes past the red line. I know I am giving all my readers the most reliable news about this dangerous, yet hidden toxin that lurks where we’d least expect it.

10 Facts About Bisphenol-A or BPA

Here are some basic facts about the harmful toxin, bisphenol-A or better known as BPA. Take heed and check all the plastic containers, bags and food containers you own, so you can safely get rid of these plastics expecially when used with food.

Does your water bottle contain BPA? Courtesy of Recycle This on Flickr.com

Here are some basic facts about the harmful toxin, bisphenol-A or better known as BPA. Take heed and check all the plastic containers, bags and food containers you own, so you can safely get rid of these plastics expecially when used with food.

1. Bisphenol A is found primarily in Polycarbonates, depicted by the Resin code 7.

2. Polycarbonates are used to produce disposable water bottles, lining tin food and beverage cans, baby feeding bottles and 5-gallon water bottles. And BPA is not only used with food containers but also CDs, DVDs, eyeglasses, bike helmets, shin guards, dinnerware, and hard plastic Nalgene water bottle. (Courtesy of PBS.org)

3. BPA can leach into your food if stored or heated at high temperatures such as your microwave, leaving a water bottle in your car when it’s warm outside, not using all the food or beverage from lined can, and anywhere else that heat is a factor.

4. BPA, which was first manufactured in 1891, and later developed as a plasticizer in the early 1960s. It was classified in 1963 as an indirect food additive and is listed among some 3,000 chemicals that are “generally regarded as safe.” (Food Renegade, Jan. 17, 2010).

5. The FDA announced in January 2010, that it since BPA has been classified as a “food additive” it cannot be regulated even though they recognize the adverse health problems.

6. The Centers for Disease Control said it found BPA in the urine of 95 percent of over 2,000 adults tested at random. (PBS.org)

7. Like plastic grocery bags in California, there has been a proposal in Congress to ban all uses of BPA in food containers especially those which would cause the greatest damage to babies’ health.

8. Avoid any food container that has the #7 or #3; instead, use glass, stainless steel, or ceramic containers NOT lined with plastics. (Food Renegade)

9. News update, from Switchboard, “California is the eighth state to ban BPA in children’s products, after Minnesota, Maryland, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Washington, Vermont, and New York.” Read the rest of the article as posted on July 2, 2010.

10. Be pro-active & write letters or emails to your Congress rep, governor, etc to ban the use of BPA in food products and packaging, especially those that children under 3 consume.

The Dangers of Plastic Coffee Pots

Learn more about which products are BPA free and ones that could be potentially harmful to your health. If you must use plastic coffee makers or pots, ensure they are BPA free.

Is Your Coffee Pot BPA Free? What Toxins are You Drinking Everyday?

french press coffee maker
French Press available from Amazon.com is BPA free.

According to the Mother Nature Network, “the main problem with BPA is that it’s a synthetic female hormone. It often winds up bonding with some animals’ estrogen receptors, tricking them into producing estrogen-like reactions such as starting puberty in females or shrinking reproductive organs in males.” More research has found that humans have exhibited negative reactions from BPA in their bodies “such as increased aggression in young girls or sexual dysfunction in adult men. But one of BPA’s most troubling side effects is its tendency to cause earlier puberty and breast development in female mice: Both are precursors to breast cancer in humans, and both are also inexplicably happening to the U.S.”

At first, people didn’t think BPA would be a hazard to our health; however, “due to the relatively weak chemical connections, called ester bonds, that link it with its fellow monomers.” Thus these bonds can be broken with heat, an acid or a base such as warming the plastic container in a microwave or through plastic components in a coffee pot.

There are other options for brewing your morning fix, remember your parents’ and grandparents’ method of brewing a “hot cup of Joe”? My grandmother boiled water on the stove and then steeped her coal black coffee in a metal pot. Invest in an eco-friendly coffee pot or French Press for single servings.

Other types of coffee makers and filters that are reported to be BPA free include:

Hamilton Beach Brew Station – according to one source onLunch.com

Coffee Percolators

Chemex Coffee Makers (looks like a chemistry tool)

Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Most of the above coffee makers can be purchased on Amazon.com, if not at your local big box stores such as Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Costco and Best Buy. More valuable information about plastic coffee pots and other harmful plastics from BadPlastics.com

Original post by Freespiritwriter.com