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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Why plastics can harm your children - Part 1 - BPA

If you haven't heard the hype over BPA and phthlates in plastics, I hope to give a brief overview in a two part post.

I feel sometimes like I just want to cover my ears about all that is bad for us, but when it comes to my own child I feel I have a responsibility to know the truth and really try to protect my daughter from all that is harmful.

This post will just be a brief overview pointing you to broader resources since there is SO much info out there on the dangers of BPA. Although it may seem a little technical at times, believe me it is WORTH READING.

Okay here we go.

"Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastic is a lightweight, high-performance plastic that possesses a unique balance of toughness, optical clarity, high heat resistance, and excellent electrical resistance. Because of these attributes, polycarbonate is used in a wide variety of common products including digital media (e.g., CDs, DVDs), electrical and electronic equipment, automobiles, sports safety equipment, reusable food and drink containers , and many other products."

"BPA is also used in the production of epoxy resins....Cured epoxy resins are inert materials used as protective liners in metal cans to maintain the quality of canned foods and beverages..." (referenced here)

The main problems comes about because BPA actually leaches out of the plastic and into our food, drinks, etc.

What comes about is various health problems and dangers especially for children.

Here are some excellent references to help you understand the dangers more fully:

U.S. News and world report

U.S. News and world report
Global Life

Enviromental Working Group

Thankfully there are a variety of products out there that are free of these harmful chemicals. AND I will be reviewing an EXCELLENT sippy cup for children in the next week or so and offering a giveaway to all of you. So don't go out and buy new cups yet!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Leigh. I find EWG a GREAT resource for all this kinda stuff! Thanks for sharing!