UNFOLDING THE MYTHS BEHIND ‘BPA-FREE’ PLASTICS
All is not safe in the world of BPA-free plastics. Let’s look at how plastics labelled as ‘BPA-free’ are actually not quite different from their BPA versions.
From reusable water bottles, plastic plates, to the liners in the canned foods, BPA (Bisphenol A) can be found.
BPA is proven to have a disruptive impact on normal hormone functions. With an explosion of research on BPA in the past few years, many studies have shed light on its negative effect on wildlife in terms of their reproductive and metabolic functions. These side effects are not just limited to the world of animals, but also have a grave impact on human reproductive functions that can be carried from generation to another.
As more and more companies moved away from using BPA in their products, a rise in BPA-free products started to gain momentum. After a few years, different versions of the BPA-free plastics like the BPS, BPF, BPZ, and many more became common in everyday products.
What is surprising that despite been tagged as BPA-free, these all basically contain a similar chemical structure to that of BPA, with just slight differences in each of them. So, all is not safe in the world of BPA-free plastics. The truth is, BPA or any of its variations, are very likely to disrupt the early reproductive functions in animals as well as humans.
What is now required is the regulation and banning of chemicals like BPA by class and not individually. As consumers, we can limit our use of plastics by replacing them with other sustainable alternatives like glass and steel.
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