Plastic is very much a staple in the world today, much like lead was, but it’s definitely not a perfect product. There are a slew of toxins within many of our plastics; maybe one day, the world will view plastic the same way it views lead—as poison. Until then, here are the dangers of plastic and how it is ruining our lives.
Plastics Chemical Linked to Changes in Baby Boys’ Genitals
Di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP) is a phthalate commonly found in vinyl products. It was actually a chemical chosen to replace a similar toxin, DEHP, which was discovered to hinder genital development in baby boys.
Plastics Increases the Risk of Childhood Asthma
Studies have long suggested a connection between childhood exposure to plasticizers and asthma, but a recent Columbia University report found there is even an increased risk before birth.
Chemicals in Plastic Decrease Female Libido
Phthalates used in plastic have even been linked to low libido in women with a recent study even suggesting women with high levels of plasticizers were twice as likely to show less interest in sex than those with low levels.
Plastic is Destroying our Waterways
An estimated 13,000 pieces of plastic litters each square kilometer of our oceans, and one huge factor to the problem are microbeads; those tiny plastic beads in many of your personal care products are only one of the things polluting our waters.
Plastic Has Infiltrated Food
With 6 different phthalates banned from children’s products in the U.S., the last place you’d expect to find these toxins would be in our food. Acrylamide is a fairly common plasticizer that’s been linked to cancer, and other phthalates linked to problems with reproductive development have been appearing at unsafe levels as well.
Plastic Destroys Hormonal Balance
BPA mimics estrogen in the body, so many people try to stay away from the toxin by using BPA-free plastics instead. A recent study suggests, however, that BPA-free plastics could also contain endocrine disruptors. In a test of fourteen resins used in plastic production, four were found to have estrogen-like properties; not only are things like reusable water bottles and food storage containers at risk, but certain baby products may also contain the unhealthy compound.
You Simply Can’t Trust the Plastic Industry
Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had to crack down on some plastic bag manufacturers for making uncertain claims. The issue had to do with labeling the bags ‘oxo-degradable,’ a term that implies it’ll biodegrade when exposed to oxygen.