Disadvantages of Plastics and Harmful Effects Of Plastics

Luncheon with chemicals??- take a break!!!!

Launch Box Chemicals

Have we ever thought what is lurking in our lunch box—yummy lunch or yummy chemicals?


Well, unfortunately, many of us are unaware of the fact that our lunch boxes are an abode of many harmful chemicals. It is known that many plastic items are produced by PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride), Lead, BPA and others. Among these Lead is often added to vinyl as a stabilizer as it is cheap, flexible & it helps vinyl bounce back to its original shape.


Trouble comes when vinyl is exposed to sunlight & air, then the chemical bond between the lead & plastic breaks down & creates lead-laden dust which is unknowingly ingested. Since lead is neurotoxin it can permanently damage not only the brain but hearing and kidneys are also affected (especially children are more prone to these damages).


And this doesn’t stop there, even adults suffer a wide range of problems from mood disorders to blindness. Pthalates are suspected of having a lead which causes Asthma, early puberty, obesity & diabetes. Shocking is that lead accumulates in the body over a lifetime.


Following the checklist can be helpful before purchasing plastic items:


Seek lunchboxes labeled “ Lead-safe” or “Lead-free”, “PVC-free” or “ Vinyl-free” and the plastic bottles labeled “ BPA-free”.


Look into recycling numbers on the bottom of the plastic for help in spotting bad ones – PVC or vinyl is by recycling # 3, # 6 is used in Styrofoam cups & plates indicates the presence of polystyrene & # 7 usually indicates the presence of BPA. ( Some bio-based plastics which are safe may also be labeled 7 as well)


Finally, when purchasing any product either made of plastic or stored in plastic, remember to check the recycling numbers as 1,2,4 & 5 for food & drink. All others are not good at all for you.


If these are not found then you may want to take a precautionary approach & avoid using these products.


It is always better to use Stainless Steel or Glass items as a substitute for plastic.


RememberSafe Plastics1,2,4,& 5     Plastics to avoid : 3,6 & 7


So, next time if you are lured by beautiful and attractive designs & colorful plastic items take a break and check out.  You never know the real truth behind these beautiful killers……


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