What happens when you carry your disposable water bottle around all day to remind yourself to sip? According to new research, every drink you take in adds up to a lot of plastic waste. Not only that, but there's more.
It's possible that takeout boxes, shelf-stable packaging, water bottles, and even canned items are contaminating our water supply. Despite this, most of us still shrug and pop that plastic container in the microwave after we're done with it.
Here are four reasons to avoid consuming food or drinks from containers made of plastic
1. Containers leach plastic, which gets into the food you're eating.
It has been estimated that the average person consumes thousands of micro-plastic particles per year. Takeout containers are responsible for a large portion of this waste. Just from our plastic food storage containers, we may be consuming about 200 particles every week. Stop reusing your takeout containers if you must! Store your food in glass or porcelain containers if you can.
2. Micro-plastics are hazardous to human health.
So what if we're consuming plastics? There is more to their journey than merely passing through our bodies. They are welcome to remain in our bodies.
Inhalation of the chemicals released from these plastics may have long-term health consequences. It is possible that the particles will release phthalates into the body, which will interfere with hormones and diminish fertility in both men and women alike.
3.There is no such thing as a plastic that is completely safe to use.
Phthalates aren't the only problem. Biodegradable plastic contains a wide range of toxins such as bisphenol-A (BPA), bisphenol-S (BPS), and bisphenol-F (BPF) (PCBs).The use of chemicals like these and malignancies, compromised immune systems, organ malfunction and developmental delays in children.
Plastic containers allow us to ingest a wide range of chemicals that haven't been proven safe for human consumption.
4. Containers have a negative impact on the environment.
Plastic waste is literally filling up our planet. We are surrounded by so much plastic that we inhale tens of thousands of microscopic plastic particles per year just from exhaling. In addition to the apparent trash we discard that ends up in our rivers and oceans, plastic is also present at a microscopic level, with filaments leached into our food and water sources.
Even recycling is ineffective in this situation. Recycling can transfer toxic chemicals into other materials, thus the best thing we can do is stop using plastic containers altogether. What are the steps to accomplishing that? Put an end to your purchases of them.
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