Chemicals such as BPA in plastic have received an enormous amount of media exposure because of their harmful effects on our bodies and the environment, but it’s even more important now to look for safer alternatives.
A recent study suggests that the long-held assumption that BPA breaks down safely in the body is inaccurate, and researchers now believe that the body transforms the chemical into a compound that may cause further health issues such as obesity.
One safe alternative you can look to is silicone, a chemically non-reactive and heat-resistant material that is considered to be significantly safer, as it doesn’t leach into food and water like plastic does.
Silicone is a synthetic polymer that is made of silicon and oxygen. It’s extremely versatile and is used in everything from beauty products to electronics It’s also quite useful in the form of kitchenware such as cake pans, baking mats and food storage containers because it’s nonstick and has a great track record when it comes to food safety.
Plastic bottles, bags and even plastic wrap can be found everywhere around our homes, and for some, it’s difficult to avoid using them. Plastic, however, is damaging our bodies as we absorb BPA and other chemicals into our systems, which can lead to many health issues.
With roughly 22 billion plastic water bottles discarded around the world every year, those same toxic chemicals are being released into the environment as well, and are endangering marine life, ending up in landfills, and polluting our beautiful oceans.
Plastic may be more convenient at times, but making a simple switch like replacing plastic water bottles with reusable silicone water bottles, or using silicone food storage containers instead of plastic containers, can be very beneficial to your health, your family’s health, and to the environment, both now and in the long run.
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