BPA and Phthalates Hurt Your Body
Click on the links below for clear-cut exposés and articles which explain that BPA -- a chemical used to create plastics and line all metal food cans including soda cans, beer cans, and all canned food except the Eden Organic brand -- and phthalates --chemicals used in vinyl, soft plastics, make-up, toiletries and wherever artificial fragrances are found -- are endocrine disruptors that cause reproductive disorders and cancers (breast, testicular, ovarian, etc.), diabetes, heart disease, genetic damage and birth defects. Sadly, these chemicals have also recently been shown to pass through a mother to her baby in utero and through breastmilk (breast is still best!).
PBS Expose on BPA - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/expose/2009/02/303-index.html
PBS Phthalate Report -- http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/412/index.html
Plastics Fact Sheet -- http://healthychild.org/live-healthy/faq/C186/
Phthalates in Fragrances (skip down to "What is a Plasticizer Doing in My Perfume?") -- http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/fragrance_in_perfumes_and_cosmetics/
Are Your Products Safe?
Thinking that if it were that bad, it wouldn't be legal and sold in stores everywhere? Sadly, no U.S. agency polices our cosmetics industry, which means that your shampoo, perfume, make-up, body wash and other toiletries may be toxic. Check the safety rating of your products at the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep database: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/.
Mark Shapiro, author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products, and What's at Stake for American Power talked to NPR, describing the United States' "wait and see" approach versus Canada's and Europe's "better safe than sorry" ban of potentially dangerous chemicals: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16616951.
VERY IMPORTANT: Heat encourages these chemicals to leech out -- into your food and drink. So DO NOT: microwave your food in plastic containers; cook with plastic spoons/spatulas; wrap a warm item in plastic wrap; leave a plastic water bottle in the sun: or put hot food into a plastic/styrofoam container for storage/takeout. Get rid of your Tupperware, or at least only use it for cold items or non-food storage. Consider bringing your own safe food/drink containers to coffee shops and restaurants. At once you will be protecting yourself and reducing demand for disposable food containers. More substitute suggestions:
Where to find them:
Essential oil diffusers, burners and plug-ins
Desert Essence http://www.luckyvitamin.com/item/itemKey/60866
Funk Butter http://oyinhandmade.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=7
http://www.vitaglo.com/dr--bronner-s-magic-soaps.html (scroll down)
Stainless steel baby spoons
Enamel or Stainless Steel Dinnerware
Stainless Steel Water Bottles
Glass or Stainless Steel Food Containers