Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that has been linked to everything from breast and other cancers to reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease. You can find it in these two common synthetics:
Polycarbonate: A clear plastic found in a wide array of products, including food and drink containers.
Epoxy resins: Used in industrial adhesives and coating. Epoxy lines most of the food and beverage cans made in the U.S. annually. According to government tests, 93 percent of Americans have BPA in their bodies.
BPA imitates the sex hormone estrogen when it is ingested and your body can’t tell the difference, but don’t let that freak you out!
We have 5 easy steps to avoid this sneaky endocrine disruptor in your daily life. The only way to protect you from this shady imitator is to kick it to the curb. Find out just how to avoid BPA and kick that sucker to the curb.
1. Go Fresh
Pick up fresh produce and beans at your local Farmer’s Marker instead of canned ones. Most cans are lines with BPA that compromise the food inside. Glass jars or cardboard cartons are also good alternatives.
2. Skip the Receipt
Thermal paper is often coated with BPA. Save the paper and give that imitator the cold shoulder. If you need to keep receipts for records, carry around a small receipt holder to avoid contact.
3. Watch Out for PC and #7
Most plastics marked “PC,” for polycarbonate, or recycling label #7 contain BPA. Some don’t, but it’s best to be safe and use glass instead. Keep your eyes peeled and look for these labels.
4. Say No To Extra ‘To Go’ Plastic
Say no to plastic utensils and bring your own reusable ones or use the ones at the office. Cut down on all plastic to mouth interactions. We really love these bamboo utensils by To Go Ware!
5. Make the Switch To Glass
The moral of the story is PLASTIC SUCKS! Ditch the plastic and use glass for food storage and glass or stainless steal for liquid consumption. The less plastic you use the less chance you have to run into BPA or any other harmful synthetics. Check out our friends at Simply Straws who make reusable glass straws.
P.S: Check out the Dirty Dozen List Of Endocrine Disruptors we partnered on with our friends at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that breaks down the 12 worst hormone-altering chemicals and how to avoid them.