The plastics : Do not welcome them Home early

April 17, 2016

When I was preparing myself to welcome a new Life, I searched every nook and corner of the Internet for all the Do’s and Don’ts. Like many, I am always concerned with the health of my loved ones. This makes me look for good alternatives to mitigate the effects that pollution and adulteration is bringing. The Plastics have entered our lives like other luxuries and never left. They are now ubiquitous serving vessels.

Decades ago the only baby bottles available to parents were made of glass. But glass was heavy and breakable. So when plastic bottles that were lighter and shatter-proof came along, the glass bottle became almost obsolete.

Beware of #7- 

The symbol #7 or the label PC (which stands for polycarbonate) is a sign that the bottle contains BPA. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in polycarbonate plastic products and epoxy resin-based food can liners for decades to harden plastic, keep bacteria out of food, and prevent rust. Those labelled 3 may contain phthalates, so you’ll want to steer clear of items with that number, too.

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Effects of BPA (Found in the plastics) on humans-

1. Your body’s endocrine system is made up of glands that release hormones to regulate growth, metabolism, and sexual development and function.

2. When consumed, BPA mimics the hormone Estrogen (becomes ‘estrogenic’) and disrupts the natural balance of your endocrine system.

3. BPA has been linked to an increased risk of some cancers, decreased sperm count and reduced fertility and hyperactivity.

4. BPA exposure has also been linked to obesity, diabetes, behavioural and developmental problems and the early onset of puberty.

Trustworthy Numbers-

Bottles with the symbol #1, #2, or #4 are made of polyethylene whereas #5 bottles are made of polypropylene. Both kinds of bottle can be used safely since neither type contains BPA.


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