Friday, January 05, 2007

Plastics and your health

Plastic, for better or worse, has become part of everyday life. There is not a day that goes by where you don't encounter it in some way. I have made previous posts about Bisphenol-A, persistent chemicals in the environment, Teflon etc and the impact on us. The shear amount and ease of exposure to plastics everyday by everyone makes it an important element to examine.

Many of us have become used to the benefits of plastic. The weight difference alone between plastic and glass has made carrying the groceries in so much easier. This weight difference has also made a huge difference in shipping and packaging. Flexibility of plastic over other materials has created products that may not have been possible with conventional materials. But at what cost?

This consumer oriented piece on the CBC website provides a good overview of the many uses of plastics and the potential hazards that exist. As usual, it will be up to the individual to make the changes to protect themselves and the environment.

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