This article is about the problem of using plastics in our daily life. Serious problem is Chemical Migration from Plastic Packaging into Contents. To keep healthy life, the writer suggests 3 practical advice which everyone can do easily during our daily life.
In the early morning, you wake up and have a take-out coffee on your way to work. Passing by lots of buildings, you arrive at your office. For your health, you ordered salad for lunch and work hard. During your working hours, your children plays with his toys and goes to school and eats school lunch. After work, you can eat out with your family.
It seems a normal daily life. Have you ever thought how many plastics do you use for your daily life? You must be surprised.
Disposable cutlery, throw-away hot drink cups, building insulation, wall tile, paints, serving trays, take-out food containers, foam and rigid plates, clear bakery containers and toys, etc.… These are all plastics.
What’s the problem using these plastics in our daily life? Serious problem is Chemical Migration from Plastic Packaging into Contents.
According to Ecology Center, people are exposed to these chemicals not only during manufacturing, but also by using plastic packages, because some chemicals migrate from the plastic packaging to the foods they contain. Examples of plastics contaminating food have been reported with most plastic types, including Styrene from polystyrene, plasticizers from PVC, antioxidants from polyethylene, and Acetaldehyde from PET.
In our daily life, one of the most commonly used plastic chemicals is Polystyrene.
What Is Polystyrene?
According to Wikipedia, Polystyrene is a synthetic aromatic hydrocarbon polymer made from the monomer styrene.
(styrene: a synthetic chemical classified as a possible human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
General-purpose polystyrene is clear, hard, and rather brittle. Polystyrene is one of the most widely used plastics, the scale of its production being several million tons per year. Uses include protective packaging, containers, take-out food containers, lids, bottles, trays, tumblers, disposable cutlery and in the making of models. (Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystyrene)
Polystyrene can irritate eyes, nose and throat and can cause dizziness and unconsciousness. It can migrate into food and stores in body fat and elevate rates of lymphatic and hematopoietic cancers for workers.
Despite of these harmful effects, annual usages of plastics are huge. Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide. According to China Trade News, China consumes 3 billion plastic bags daily and about 1 million plastic bags are used every minute. And it takes 500 years for plastic bags to break down and it remains toxic even after they break down.
Then, what should we do? We try our best to reduce plastic usage and plastic exposure to our daily life for myself, family and cherished people as some chemicals can migrate from the plastic to the foods.
First, we have to pay special attention to daily goods like cutlery, cups as it goes directly to our mouth. Interestingly, I found “I’m Fork” project on Indiegogo.com. “I’m Fork” says it’s a portable cutlery set for your personal hygiene with eco-friendly design made of stainless steel. Using your own portable cutlery, you can reduce plastic usage for environment and decrease plastic exposure at the same time. This project is worthy of attention. You should check it. (https://igg.me/at/imfork)
Second, avoid heating food in plastic containers, or storing fatty foods in plastic containers or plastic wrap. When you go to supermarket, please check its labels saying “BPA Free” before you buy food. If you cannot find the label, please buy food in glass or metal containers.
Third, do not give young children plastic teethers or toys.
Finally, use natural fiber clothing, bedding and furniture. Of course, I know we cannot avoid every plastic in our life, why don’t we try to avoid all PVC and Styrene products?
It’s a right time to reduce plastics in our life. Although we cannot change our life at once, we all know my small efforts can make a big difference in the near future. Let’s start a little thing, Today!
What’s “I’m Fork” project?
The most important value behind “I’m Fork” is you! You take good care of your health by avoiding bad things, why didn’t you care about your cutlery which you directly put in your mouth?
“I’m Fork” is a portable cutlery set for your hygiene with stylish & eco-friendly design. It’s a brand-new daily necessity to keep your personal health and the best way to protect environment.
By having I’m Fork, you can reduce plastic wastes and harmful exposure to plastics. It’s the most stylish, most hygienic cutlery set and very easy to hand-carry at any time, everywhere!
Use your cutlery as you are the ONLY ONE to protect yourself & your cherished people.
Please check “I’m Fork” project on Indiegogo.com (https://igg.me/at/imfork)
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