Toxic Free Tuesday: Toxins in Plastics

Toxic Free Tuesday: Toxins in Plastics

you already know to avoid plastic. It can be detrimental to your hormones too.

Plastic is everywhere!! It's likely you already know you need to reduce it and you've heard of companies pledging to go plastic free in the near future. But what about the plastics is so dangerous? Turns out, a lot of things! And it's not just you to worry about. Plastic is really bad for the environment as well.

We're all aware of the plastics that are polluting our oceans. It's commonly talked about in the media and on certain company's websites. But did you know that plastics have also been found to be accumulating on land as well, particularly in the soil? 

It's easy to think that the materials we use with plastic in them can be recycled, but very little of our "trash" is recycled or repurposed. When plastics get to the landfills, they can leach their toxins into the surrounding soil, and in turn, the surrounding ecosystems.

Phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), and other toxic materials in plastics don't have to be in very large quantities to wreak havoc in our bodies. Even small nano-sizes may contribute to hormone disruptions, inflammation, and other negative consequences. It's unlikely that we want to increase our risk of these negative actions, so it's best to stay away from plastic as much as possible.

We're looking for progress over perfection when it comes to reducing plastics in our everyday lives. Here's a list of some of my plastic alternatives that I've been able to switch to that I believe make a big difference in my life or ways I reduce plastic usage:

  • utensils: bamboo utensil kit
  • pads and tampons: medical grade silicone menstrual cup
  • plastic water bottle: Hydroflask or other stainless steel bottle
  • meal prep containers: glass containers or mason jars
  • bring my own mugs to coffee shops
  • bring my own cloth bags to grocery stores
  • straws: glass straws (use code TOXICFREETUESDAY for 10% off!)
  • qtips: reusable qtips (still some plastic usage, but reusable)
  • Ziploc bags: Stasher silicone bags!
  • eat fresh foods as most processed foods are packaged in plastics
What switches are you looking to make or what switches are you excited to have already implemented? Let me know in the comments below!
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