Dangerous plastic traps a person almost everywhere. Not all manufacturers of products of this kind conscientiously relate to the observance of technological aspects, which in the future makes improperly manufactured products a source of allergy, more severe pathologies for humans and animals.
The threat to health here lies in the fact that, along with unnatural chemical elements that can provoke individual intolerance, problem products contain toxins. When in contact with the skin, they freely penetrate the human body, or saturate the surrounding space, food, water.
Where is the hidden danger?
Manufacturers are very fond of this newest product of chemical products for low cost, which allows them to earn good money. Especially if you cheat and underestimate the performance of technical characteristics, releasing low-quality products contrary to instructions from regulatory authorities. So what is dangerous plastic, if in certain countries activists ask to stop producing some of its varieties?
According to scientific studies, the presented material affects the internal organs in the process of accumulation of toxins in their cells, getting there not only with products, or through the skin. Some toxins are able to settle in the organs of the respiratory system by inhalation of poisoned air. A minimum dose for a weakened body may be enough to start an asthmatic attack, even if the victim has not been predisposed to such a pathology. What can we say about poisoning on an ongoing basis, because chronic intoxication for a person can even become the primary source of a malignant tumor of an oncological nature.
Phthalate and bisphenol-A are called the most common and at the same time harmful components of plastic. In industry, they are used to make the final product of increased strength or elasticity. But for all living things they work as pseudo-hormones, completely knocking down the usual hormonal background, causing the thyroid gland to break out of its natural mode of functioning.
Bisphenon-A, which in the international classification is called Bispehol-A, is a component of synthetic origin, which is actively used not only to create plastic products, but also rubber. According to a recent study, in 95% of cases of urine in patients find this substance in the composition of the urine. As soon as bisphenol-A enters the body, it immediately begins to behave like estrogen - the female hormone.
Phthalate belongs to the group of industrial chemicals, which when released into the body acts as testosterone - the male hormone. Both types of pseudo-hormones, even in minimal quantities, start destructive activities, which leads to:
- reduced immunity;
- irreversible processes in the brain;
- liver function disorders;
- destabilization of the heart muscle, blood vessels;
- increased risk of diabetes;
- unnatural effect on puberty.
But the most important thing is that they are considered one of the main culprits of the sharp increase in the number of cancer patients around the world. Their ingestion of fish, which will then be served at the table, has a similar effect.
Caution should even be applied to products that are marked "BPA free". It is likely that instead of bisphenol-A, the developers placed an even more dangerous component - bisphenol C.
Classification of plastics and plastics
In order to protect yourself from the harmful effects of various plastic objects, it is not necessary to memorize all their varieties. You can use the simplified table of characteristics.
Information about what kind of material was used in each particular case is usually printed on the back surface of the thing.
|1 PET||It is considered safe, but there is some evidence that the component allows the migration of metal elements.|
|2 HDPE||High-density polyethylene is classified as a low-hazard category of substances, but even with a systematic ingestion of the body it can provoke the leaching of components, displacing the natural hormonal background in some cases|
|3 PVC||It is a dangerous agent as it includes a type of phthalate recognized as a toxin.|
|4 LDPE||Low density polyethylene complies with low hazard plastic grade|
|5 pp||The most optimal option, because it is polypropylene is listed as the safest|
|6 PS||Polystyrene, which is popularly called polystyrene, belongs to the group of particularly dangerous toxins, since it is styrene that is recognized as the causative agent of oncological diseases.|
Separately, the seventh group is considered, which is called "the cat in the bag", because it is these representatives who behave in the body most unpredictably. Manufacturers manage to include mixtures of all six of the listed chemicals and even Bisphenol-A additives in various household items, and some dishonest manufacturers hide life-threatening compounds in thermoses.
In recent years, physicians are increasingly saying that even those designed with relatively safe types of plastics are best avoided if they can be replaced with glass, wood, metal, and paper.
Rules of care for those who care about health
The best advice is to refuse to buy food or water in plastic bottles. It is useful not only for humans, but also for the environment. Of course, with glass bottles it will not be particularly convenient, so doctors advise using stainless flasks, drawing water before leaving the house.
The next point of pollution prevention is the refusal to use plastic bags. Instead, you should use parchment, and as a main bag for going to the market, to the supermarket, you should use special eco-bags. They are sewn on the basis of strong fabric, burlap, and other safe materials. And if necessary, the bag can always be washed.
Special attention deserves plastic, disposable tableware. Even food containers that are made of relatively safe materials fell into the risk category. At damage of their surface by mechanical influence, cracks, chips, other microtraumas are formed that allows to let out harmful components at long operation.
Now many manufacturers offer practical metal, or beautiful sudochkov glass sets, which are easy to take with you to work, just to heat the food in the microwave. But plastic containers, on which it is written that they can be put in a microwave, still should not be once again subjected to the negative effect of temperature fluctuations.
It is believed that when heated, the rate of flow of chemicals into food increases significantly. Not for nothing, even in a cafe with the "fast cooking" mode, the administration refuses to use plastic cups, preferring paper utensils. Otherwise, with each intake of hot tea, the body will “fill up” with a new portion of bisphenol-A, not to mention that the drink will spoil the characteristic phenolic smell.
Plastic Hazards for Children
According to a study of the quality of baby bottles, it turned out that a significant part of them contained especially dangerous substances acting as pseudo-hormones. With their constant use in babies, the risk of development increases:
- early onset of puberty.
In order not to spoil the immunity of the crumbs from a very young age, experts advise parents to throw out all plastic bottles of even well-known brands without regret. The latter can indeed be safe, but with frequent washing, temperature drops, mechanical damage lose their safe integrity.
Instead of polycarbonate containers, preference should be given to polypropylene bottles, and even better - glass with a neutral medium.
Also, do not warm the pre-prepared food for babies in this kind of dishes, using a ceramic glass container to heat up. Separately, it is necessary to spend time searching for infant formula, which supplies its products in far from safe containers.
The situation with the distribution of dangerous plastic goods is so serious that some countries began to issue decrees to prohibit at the legislative level the manufacture and subsequent distribution of products for children that contain hazardous chemicals. Among them was Canada.
Most major manufacturers immediately listened to the voice of concerned parents, adding new data such as “0% BPA” to the labeling of baby bottles, other dishes.
In many countries of the former USSR, the issue of the use of bisphenol-A at the legislative level is not regulated at all; therefore, mothers and fathers have to independently search for information about their future acquisition. The problem is added by the fact that it is far from always the necessary information is found on the packaging.
And if it is a question of a fake, or products from an unscrupulous manufacturer, then there is no hope for the manufacturer’s honesty at all.
Against this background, it becomes clear that plastic, which is PVC-labeled, is not the most successful choice for using such raw materials to create household items, dishes even for adults, let alone newborns. It is also recommended to bypass the side of things, where there is a mark PS.
But even if the buyer managed to find products without mentioning all the listed harmful substances, it is worth further clarifying whether there is styrene or chlorine, which provoke many other pathologies that threaten health.
If for some reason it is impossible to completely eliminate plastic dishes, then you should get rid of at least one that has already been damaged due to frequent use. Each new crack increases the rate of toxins in the body.