Approximately 100,000 synthetic chemicals introduced in the 50 last years… Plastics both absorb and leach chemicals
Plastics absorb POPs, such as PCB’s and DDT. PCB DDT Mato, Y et al, Environmental Science & Technology Plastics and Styrofoam are toxics sponges. Japanese study found up to 1 million times more pollutants on plastics pieces than in ambient seawater.
Plastics leach the chemicals they are made of. 1) Bisphenol A - plastics hardener - DVD’s, canned food lining, older Nalgene bottles Found in the urine of 93% of the U.S. population. Links to breast cancer, obesity, mood disorders, etc. Hunt, Patricia August 1998, Current Biology 2) Phthalates - a class of plastics softeners - nail polish, children’s toys, teething rings, bath books, moisturizers, cosmetics Easily release into environment as the plastic ages and breaks down over time. Endocrine disruptors / hormone mimickers
The New Double Standard Toys are manufactured with phthalates for the American market Toys are manufactured without phthalates for the European Union & other markets following their REACH Act lead (Mexico, Argentina, Japan, Canada etc) EU banned phthalates in children’s toys in 1999 and cosmetics in 2004 Mark Schapiro- Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products, and What's at Stake for American Power
Ad from the American Chemistry Council 2008 - SB 1713 - ban BPA from baby bottles, sippy cups and other baby food & beverage containers.
What can we do?
BYO bag BYO mug BYO to-go container BYO H2O!
If your hands are free - pick up three! Pick up plastic trash on beaches, and cut plastic rings & 6+ pack holders. Think ONE LESS PIECE.