Every major environmental group has condemned the use of plastics, plastic bags, plastic containers, plastic bottles, and other plastic materials at least once. Despite their warnings, plastics are still used and manufactured up to this day but we need to use them wisely.
If you can’t give up plastic altogether, learn which plastics to avoid and how to lessen the harm from the plastics you do use.
In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to have plastic in the house. While it’s been a revolutionary material, it also contains harmful chemicals and has become a source of enduring pollution that the planet will struggle with for ages. Goal number one should be avoiding plastic altogether; but given its ubiquity, that might be next to impossible for some. In that case, choosing and using plastics carefully to minimize your exposure may be the next best thing to shunning them completely.
Unfortunately, the toxicity of plastics is still a bit of a mystery. What we do know is that most plastics contain chemical additives to create certain qualities for specific uses. And things like bisphenol-A (BPA) and the plastic softeners known as phthalates, for example, are known to be toxic; they are both potent hormone disruptors that are increasingly linked to health effects like brain and behavior changes, cancer, and reproductive system damages, notes the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
With so many different kinds of plastics used for so many different things in our homes, where does one start in trying to have a healthier relationship with the material? EWG has put together a lot of information on the subject, much of which I have used as a source here.