Plastic does not belong in your body
Plastic does not belong in your body, but did you know that plastics (or the chemical term phthalates) are considered the number 1 pollutant in the human body?
Is that crazy or what? And it is only going to grow!
Plastic free July focuses on our external environment, but have you ever wondered what happens to that plastic in our internal environment?
The truth is harsh and pretty scary.
Plastic fragments and particles are everywhere, and we are ingesting, inhaling and drinking them in more often than we dare to believe.
Common Hazardous Plastic Chemicals and Petroleum based solvents can be found in:
- HOME INTERIORS such as flame retardants on bedding, cushions,
- CLOTHES including pesticides and flame retardants
- EVERYDAY HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS, such as dishwashing powder and liquid, laundry detergents, multi surface sprays, oven cleaners
- FOOD + DRINK PACKAGING such as plastic juice + milk cartons, yogurts
- FOOD + DRINK PROCESSING + PESTICIDES
- MAKE UP + PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS including body lotions and crude oil based oils or moisturisers
- PETROL FUMES from our cars
- DIY PAINTS + SOLVENTS
In fact some studies have shown that individuals may be passing 1,000 pieces of plastic per day through their bowels.
Once on the inside of our body, these chemical toxins begin to create pandemonium in your body by several mechanisms.
Plastics do this via several mechanisms from mimicking our hormones such as Oestrogen + Testosterone, damaging endocrine glands, such as the Thyroid, and thus creating disturbances in our
❌. LOW SPERM COUNT
❌. LOW LIBEDO
❌. BIRTH DEFECTS
❌ NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS
❌. IMPAIRMENT OF IMMUNE SYSTEM + much more
Whilst the effects of plastics on our body is huge, there is hope if we can start being mindful of our overuse of this convenient but eventually inconvenient toxin.
Arming yourself with a little knowledge can go a long way. Allowing you to make an informed decision. You can make your own decision on if spending an extra few dollars on an organic pillow rather than one produced with chemicals is worth it or not.
Simple tips to help reduce your exposure to plastic toxins include using
AVOID PLASTIC BOTTLED DRINKS
Plastic leaches into the liquid particularly if it is left to heat in the sunlight or near radiation. And whilst some plastic products claim they are BPA free, this does not translate to the material as hazard free.
NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Including shampoos, hair products, hair dyes and body lotions. What is on your skin is absorbed into your body. This is how nicotine patches, pain patches and other pain relief works. Petroleum based beauty products are no different.
NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
|We breath everything that is sprayed into the air, or is applied to our food or food utensils. Natural air fragrances, natural dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent and cleaning products. The residues of these chemicals can remain in your immediate air and clothes for days.
PAPER WRAPPED FOOD
Rather than food wrapped in plastic which can leach into food.
PORCELAIN OR GLASS CUPS FOR TAKE AWAY COFFEE
Placing a hot liquid inside heat sensitive plastic can cause the plastic to melt. Be cautious even when manufactures claim plastics are safe for hot liquids.
REPLACING PLASTIC STORAGE CONTAINERS WITH GLASS
This will prevent the plastic from leaching into stored food, in particularly when it is heated.
NOT HEATING PLASTIC IN A MICROWAVE.
Whilst many plastic products profess they are microwave safe, be cautious. When plastic heats up the molecules change and melt. This may enter your food or drink.
WASH PLASTIC IN LUKE WARM OR COLD WATER
Using cold or warm water will prevent melting or disintegrating of particles.
By implementing these small changes in your home or workplace you can make a big impact on not only the planet but the health of you and your family and clients.
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Small changes can produce 1 massive impact.
What are the tips and tricks you use to get rid of plastic in your home?