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Jun
14
2008

I try to find funny in almost everything. But once in a while, there is nothing to laugh about. Take, for example, a new study by the nonprofit organization, Environmental and Human Health Inc (composed of doctors, public health professionals + policy experts), about the danger of some plastics to children and reproductive health.

Yeah… doesn’t exactly leave you in stitches, does it?

But I’m going to give you the basic facts and some awesome info to help protect your family. And then there will be a hunky reward at the end. Super hunky.

But first, the evil nitty gritty.

This study focused on the health effects from two chemicals found in some plastics – bisphenol A (BPA) and the phthalate DEHP. These chemicals are commonly found in both infant and baby products, as well as many everyday consumer items.

First the way scary part…
We’ve reviewed hundreds of scientific studies on these chemicals and discovered that this is a far more serious problem than most believe. The plastics industry has escaped serious regulatory attention by federal and state authorities, while producing billions of pounds of resins each year used to manufacture thousands of products. Almost none of it is recycled, and most is buried or incinerated, which explains its presence in soils, groundwater and even air,” said John Wargo, professor of Risk Analysis and Environmental Policy at Yale University.

OH MAN, THAT SUCKS. (Kelcey’s commentary. Not part of the actual study.)

The two plastic ingredients (BPA and DEHP) are the subject of this report because of increasing evidence that they disrupt normal growth and development due to their hormonal activity.

WOW. THAT REALLY SUCKS.

And this quote really got to me… “While the final verdict on the risks of BPA may remain uncertain for years, the evidence for harm is already strong enough, as this report makes crystal clear, to immediately start protecting potentially vulnerable people – especially children – from any unnecessary exposures,” said Dr. Mark Cullen, professor of Medicine and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine.

DON’T FREAK OUT. Well, freak out a little. But then take action.

FINDING SAFE BOTTLES, CUPS + TODDLER TABLEWARE
There is an excellent list here on Z Recommends of all the companies that manufacture sippy cups, bottles, feeding products, etc.). You simply click on your favorite brand and find out which items are BPA free and which contain BPA. Pretty helpful and easy, right?

Like I was wondering about those First Year Sesame Street Take & Toss cups. Turns out… BPA free. Let me tell you, Summer is going to be quite relieved because I was about to throw those bad boys in the trash.

FINDING SAFE BATH TOY + TEETHERS
Z recommends comes to the rescue again with a list of safe and not safe bath toys.
And click here for their list of safe teethers.

AVOIDING PHTHALATES (DEHP and others)
This gets a little tricky because phthalates are in all kinds of everyday products like cosmetics, perfumes, deodorants, hair gels, hair sprays, body lotions, nail polish, food wrap, shower curtains, automobile interiors, paint, pesticides and hospital supplies. And you often won’t find it on the ingredients’ label. I can’t even get started on that ridiculousness (Hi FDA – you still out there?)

Click on Non-Toxic Kids for some easy ways to avoid phthalates.

Some really big ones…

-Avoid using plastic containers and plastic wraps in microwave.

-Avoid the use of scented candles, air fresheners, dryer sheets, and other heavily scented products, as many contain phthalates.

-And choose products that don’t contain the word “fragrance” on the ingredients list because they will often contain phthalates.

Ok. I’m done with all that. And thank you to you for sticking with me.

So here is a little Sawyer…

Or if you’re more of a Fox fan…

Ok, ok… I now a few dads out there are just sick of all the male eye candy on this site. So here’s a little Lilly for you all out there. Happy Father’s Day.

Ok, I promise, the next post will be a heck of a lot more fun.



27 Responses to toxic plastics + smokin’ guys

  • francine Kasen says:

    If we wait for our govt, or any govt for that matter, to protect us, it is an excercise in futility. Especially with a president who disavows basic scientific facts like evolution and global warming. We have to inforn ourselves and each other. Thank you Kelc for your occasional serious, and helpful chats. (and the guy pics) XXX

  • kristen says:

    -Avoid using plastic containers and plastic wraps in microwave.

    -Avoid the use of scented candles, air fresheners, dryer sheets, and other heavily scented products, as many contain phthalates.

    Luckily I learned about plastics in the microwave when I was still in acupuncture school (a decade ago, eep).

    I also learned that there are naturally occurring estrogens in most plastics and that the excessive use of such is being linked to the early puberty that a lot of girls are starting to hit.

    My girl hated milk so we gave her soy once she started drinking regular milk and one of my teachers also at acupuncture school, encouraged me to stop using soy because she said in China it had been concluded that again, girls were reaching puberty too early because of the estrogens in soy.

    I have such sensitive skin that scented anything hasn't been in the cleaning supplies or home (other than perfume) for years.

    I worry though, about the plastic baggies that I pack lunch with on a lot of school days. I'm looking into one of those bento boxes, pronto.

    Great post, sorry I got on my soapbox.

  • Julie says:

    Love that Sawyer. I found safemama.com to be a great place to check out if certain baby products are safe.

  • Jessi says:

    Kelcey, I have a .pdf chart of the safe and non-safe plastics. Email me if you want a copy of it. It's real interesting and very sad to see that some of the things we used for years are so horrible.

    Hey, eye candy is always good;)

    And Happy Father's Day to Rick.

  • awesome post kelcey, i have also found safe mama to be a great resource on all things "not good for baby". stupid evil plastic. as always, i enjoy the kelcey commentary + the picture of sawyer was such a bonus my husband may have a good fathers day after all.

  • Rhea says:

    It's getting harder and harder to keep up with what's safe or not safe these days. Sheesh.

    I'm a huge LOST fan, so I LOVED those pictures.

  • JoLynn says:

    o.k………that was a bit much for me to handle! Thank God for those hottie's!!!!! Can we have the old Kelcey back, PLEASE!!!!!LOL

  • Holly says:

    Wow, thank you for the helpful links. I was able to learn the Playtex Einstein Sip & Discover straw cup is BPA free, but the Playtex Einstein Sip & Discover sip cup isn't.

    But, waaah! I love my dryer sheets and air freshener!

  • Pearl says:

    Awesome post, a subject near and dear to my heart. Thankfully I live in a crunchy area where many local kids stores carry only the "safe" products. =)

  • Jacki says:

    Thanks for this post! And thanks for the picture of Sawyer….yum…

    Having to read food labels religiously, I have found myself reading labels on everything and then looking up stuff that I don't know about. It is scary what is put in our foods and plastic containers!

  • alex says:

    Thanks for sharing this info! And, thanks also for sharing that site Z Recommends – that's a great resource.

    I wanted to share with you this page from the REI site. I've been looking for a water bottle that I can take to work and this is the best collection of options I've ever seen…all BPA-free.

    http://www.rei.com/search?quer.....s&a...
    =50&hist=query%2CBPA+Free+Water+Bottles

  • ErinB says:

    awesome post with such great links and info!! thanks for sharing- it's all so overwhelming and scary so its a good thing we have fellow mamas liek you to keep us updated and informed! much appreciated xo

  • we are a huge fan of klean kanteens in our house, over Siggs (although we do own some).. Klean Kanteens are all stainless steel, with plastic sippy cup or sport tops. Best part they are dishwasher safe, unlike Siggs.

    And..crate and barrel sells sets of glass storage dishes from italy.. in case you need some!


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