Today I posted a link to a new study on my Facebook page. (Did you like my page yet? If not, please do!) Anyway, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study, which was covered by ScienceDaily, detailed the fact that phthalates found in plastic products can disrupt pregnancy hormones. Here’s the summary:
Exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates — which are found in many plastics, foods and personal care products — early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone and adversely affects the masculinization of male genitals in the baby, according to new research. The findings focus on the role of the placenta in responding to these chemicals and altering levels of a key pregnancy hormone.
The big problem with this was for mothers carrying male babies. More phthalates exposure meant smaller genital regions.
As I mentioned on Facebook, we have been pretty much plastic-free here in our house for more than a decade. We use glass containers to store food, drinking glasses and plates, and glass water bottles from LifeFactory. When my kids were babies they drank out of glass bottles. It isn’t — and wasn’t — that big a deal, actually.
Glass food containers are about the same price or less than equivalent high-quality plastic food containers. Glass water bottles are actually cheaper than some of the aluminum ones out there. Yes, I could get a cheap plastic water bottle for $4 or $5, but the glass ones last longer and are so easy to clean. I just throw them into the dishwasher. And when we are done with them we can recycle them — something you can’t say about that many plastics.
You don’t have to do things the way we did it and toss everything out. You can start small. Look for glass packaging instead of plastic at the supermarket. Replace old plastic food storage containers when they wear out with glass options. There are so many wonderful containers out there! As for water bottles: I’d make the move sooner rather than later since plastic water bottles are in heavy use for most of us and again, it’s really not that expensive. And in the end, aren’t you worth a few extra dollars?