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Chemicals in plastic

Posted: 11:28 PM, Mar 15, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-15 23:31:20-04
Hidden dangers of plastic water bottles

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — By now, you’ve probably heard about the dangers of plastic exposure. More than four thousand chemicals are used in plastics and many of them are toxic. Some plastic items are easy to avoid, but others can sneak their way into your day.

From food containers … to baby toys … plastic items are everywhere. They may be cheap and convenient but they’re also bad for your health!

Susan Castriota told Ivanhoe, “I was pretty shocked. Dismayed, that I was sucked into that whole false sense of security with using plastics.”

In a recent study, scientists used cell cultures to examine the effects of chemicals in plastic items. They found three out of four of the products they examined contained toxic substances and some of them couldn’t even be identified. Plastic chemicals in polyvinyl chloride and polyurethane were the most hazardous. Even products made from green alternatives, known as bioplastics, contained toxins.

While some plastics are easy to steer clear of, others can creep their way into your daily life. Some sneaky items that are made of plastic: yogurt cups, bath sponges, coffee cup lids, tea bags, canned foods, some paper cups, chewing gum, glitter, the microbeads in certain toothpastes and facewashes, and even clothing items. Helping you identify tricky plastics to avoid.

Researchers in this study say it’s nearly impossible for consumers to know whether a plastic product is safe or not, as they all contain different chemicals. Even if manufacturers know the ingredients in their products, they aren’t required to disclose them.