As much as we’d like to lead an entirely plastic-free life, we have to admit that it is quite difficult to do so. Don’t get us wrong: The efforts we make on a daily basis count immensely. We’re talking to use a reusable tote while grocery shopping, hydrate throughout the day out of a glass water bottle, and much more. However, the toxic material is still around us all the time. Whether it’s from the delivery meal kits we order or from your favourite face cream bottle. Before we start flipping our life upside down, we can start getting rid of a toxin that surrounds us and the food we eat, in a BIG way! This toxin also has the potential to affect our health right down to the cellular level.
Why You Should Buy Products that use Recyclable and BPA-free plastic
It’s bisphenol-A, more commonly known as BPA.
For those of us who haven’t heard of this substance before now, it has actually been around us for quite some time. Back in the 1950s, before anyone understood the health impact, manufacturers started using BPA to make plastics stronger and more resilient. Although now many manufacturers have switched to BPA-free products – replacing BPA with bisphenol-S (BPS) or bisphenol-F (BPF) – recent research shows that BPS and BPF might have a similar effect on your cells as BPA.
BPA can be harmful to us because it has a similar structure as the hormone estrogen, and many experts believe it binds to our body’s own estrogen receptors. Higher BPA levels in the body appear to be linked to a higher risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and more.
If you’re interested in limiting the amount of it in your life, here’s how to check for BPA:
BPA products usually are see-through (i.e., clear and not opaque).
Check the recycling number on plastic containers that are both hard and see-through. If it has a recycling symbol with the number 7, it may contain BPA.
If the container doesn’t have a recycling symbol and it was manufactured before 2012, chances are it contains BPA.
If you have an aluminum water bottle/thermos that has a plastic lining and is NOT labeled BPA-free, it may contain BPA.
You may find BPA/BPS/BPF in plastic containers, canned foods, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, dental filling sealants and even baby bottles. However, all products from Green Beaver use only recyclable, BPA-free plastic. We considered using glass, but it seems most people aren't ready for their shampoo or toothpaste to come in glass bottles.