We have reported extensively on the nasty chemicals inside plastics for some time now. Namely, the ugliness that is BPA. Here’s something you may not have known. BPA. Is. Everywhere. We’re talkin’ adhesives, dental fillings, the linings of food and drink cans. But wait… there’s more:
It’s a building block for polycarbonate, a near-shatterproof plastic used in cell phones, computers, eyeglasses, drinking bottles, medical devices, and CDs and DVDs. It’s also in infant-formula cans and many clear plastic baby bottles.
Here are some tips for avoiding this toxic, cancer causing compound. And don’t forget to check out today’s Fresh Air from NPR.
Today’s Fresh Air, Susan Freinkel on chemicals in plastics: “These chemicals act in a more convoluted and complicated way. ”They interfere with our hormones and they interfere with the endocrine system, which is the network of glands that orchestrate growth and development. And there’s some research showing that DEHP, this chemical that’s in vinyl [used in IV bags] has this property. It interferes with testosterone.” [complete interview here]