Sunday, May 24, 2009

But it adds so much flavor...


ScienceDaily (May 22, 2009) — A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that participants who drank for a week from polycarbonate bottles -- the popular, hard-plastic drinking bottles and baby bottles -- showed a two-thirds increase in their urine of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). Exposure to BPA, used in the manufacture of polycarbonate and other plastics, has been shown to interfere with reproductive development in animals and has been linked with cardiovascular disease and diabetes in humans.

The study is the first to show that drinking from polycarbonate bottles increased the level of urinary BPA, and thus suggests that drinking containers made with BPA release the chemical into the liquid that people drink in sufficient amounts to increase the level of BPA excreted in human urine.

In addition to polycarbonate bottles, which are refillable and a popular container among students, campers and others and are also used as baby bottles, BPA is also found in dentistry composites and sealants and in the lining of aluminum food and beverage cans. (In bottles, polycarbonate can be identified by the recycling number 7.) Numerous studies have shown that it acts as an endocrine-disruptor in animals, including early onset of sexual maturation, altered development and tissue organization of the mammary gland and decreased sperm production in offspring. It may be most harmful in the stages of early development.

Seems that everything we eat has come into contact with plastic somewhere in its lifespan. Back to eating homegrown twigs and leaves... and storing them in ... glass? Stainless steel? Foil? Paper bags and newspapers?

Plastic is such a part of our lives. It's going to be hard to stop using it.


Ali said...

CRAP! I got rid of the plastic reuseable bottles, but thought these ones must be safe because no-one ever said they weren't. :(

Well, if they get rid of those and switch back to glass, it'd be a blessing in disguise.

ellroon said...

We're going to find that glass gives you hemorrhoids and foil gives you tumors....

It's not safe to live, it always ends in death.