Before you read the rest of this article, stop and think about how much plastic you use on a daily basis. Go ahead, think about it - plastic keyboard, plastic water bottle, plastic tooth brush, plastic sandwich bags, plastic yogurt container, etc, etc, etc. All of us are literally drowning in plastic. Billions of pounds of plastic are found polluting our oceans and the amount of plastic thrown away each year is enough to circle the Earth four times. These environmental facts about plastic are disturbing, but what is even more alarming is that bisphenol A (BPA), a harmful chemical found in plastic, is now found in almost every American's body. BPA has been linked to many health conditions, including disruption of hormone levels, increasing risk for cancer, and cardiovascular problems.
What is BPA?
BPA is a structural component in many beverage bottles and metal can coatings. It is a chemical compound used to create polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins and has been used in food packaging since the 1960s.
Why it is harmful?
Over time, BPA leaches from the plastic and migrates into the foods we consume. Although the quantity of BPA released is low, the use of plastic is so widespread, that exposure levels are typically very high. In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control found that nearly 93% of Americans age 6 or older tested positive for BPA, with females having slightly higher numbers than males. BPA mimics estrogen, thus harming brain and reproductive development in fetuses/children an