NAVIGATION

Is there plastic in your body without having eaten it before?

  • 5 January, 2019
Is there plastic in your body without having eaten it before?

Although it seems impossible, it’s totally true; not only the planet and our oceans are contaminated, but ourselves. Within our body, we have accumulated a large amount of plastic waste deposited without being aware of having consumed it, because it’s cross contamination in our food, especially of marine origin, and toxic waste such as Phthalates, Noniphenol and Bisphenol A (BPA) present in the water we consume in our daily lives.

According to the investigations, each year we consume approximately 11k particles of micronized plastics that are found in salt, fish, and seafood; the water we consume and even by means of cleaning products and cosmetics such as the microspheres of toothpaste, scrubs, detergents and gels that drain down the drains and can’t be trapped by the filters of the water treatment plants.

We recognize that plastics have made our life easier, this material derived from petroleum molecules has the great advantage of being a flexible, resistant, lightweight and insulating material, which thanks to its low cost helped to reduce mass consumption of clothing, food, technology, construction and sanitary and hospital supplies. When disposing these products they end up in landfills either to be incinerated or recycled, however thanks to the wind, the sun, and the rain, their final destination will be the sea, no matter how far we are from the coast, even when we throw them correctly into the trash; Once there it is consumed by the same marine fauna that we then fishing, cook and eat normally at our home.        

Currently, 100% of the plastics that are discarded only 9% are destined for recycling, 12% is incinerated and a huge 79% ends up in landfills. This waste ends in the sea of which only 20% is the result of maritime activities such as fishing nets or threads, the rest comes from our landfills. Once it reaches the sea, the plastic takes hundreds of years to degrade, the UV radiation and the waves cause the objects to break each time into smaller pieces until generating the so-called “microplastics”, thus directly affecting the marine fauna. According to specialists, it’s considered that approximately 700 species are affected by plastic pollution from birds, fish and even marine mammals, which die each time in greater proportion as a result of this contamination that humans cause.

Thanks to cross-contamination, the plastic waste once in our organism causes a series of health problems, especially due to Bisphenol A (BPA), which is a chemical used to harden polycarbonate plastics, which has the effect of an estrogen synthetic or endocrine disruptor that mimics human hormones by supplanting them or blocking their function by altering the metabolism. This action of Bisphenol A, has been shown medically that is a cause of the proliferation of cancer cells related to the endocrine system in breast and prostate, alters the metabolism of sugars and fats, in severe cases prevents the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, and is passed through the placenta and the umbilical cord to the babies in gestation. In the same way, the phthalates that enter by contamination of plastics to our body, in high concentrations produce infertility, diseases of the thyroid and a high degree of obesity.

The plastics that are in contact with food are identified with a number according to their type:

It is necessary to avoid those that have the number 3 (plastic transparent film, bottles of oil), 6 (Styrofoam cup, glasses, containers, and dishes) and 7 (drums, bottles, cutlery, plates, and bottles of polycarbonate). All products with this number contain large amounts of Phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA). Prefer those with the legend “BPA Free”.

It is necessary to avoid those that have the number 3 (plastic transparent film, bottles of oil), 6 (Styrofoam cup, glasses, containers, and dishes) and 7 (drums, bottles, cutlery, plates, and bottles of polycarbonate). All products with this number contain large amounts of Phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA). Prefer those with the legend “BPA Free”.

 

Among the preventive measures that we can choose to reduce pollution on our planet and therefore ours, is to reduce the use of plastic bags in the supermarket, buy bulk products (without wraps or containers), don’t drink liquids or eat in plastics or Styrofoam containers; avoid buying polycarbonate water bottles or soda cans (they have plastic-coated Bisphenol A inside), don’t reuse plastic containers in microwaves because the heat gives off more chemicals that are absorbed in the food, and prefer glass or ceramic containers. With these measures, it’s easy to begin to reduce the contamination that we have created with modernity. We are the only species that can solve the problem we have created ourselves.

We are on time!

NHG™ is a company committed to the environment that uses recycled plastics collected from the beaches of Haiti for nOcean® packaging, contributing greatly to the cleanliness of the beaches of this island. nOcean® are products free of parabens, sulfates, and emulsifiers.

 

Sources:

https://es.greenpeace.org

Clinical studies on the effects of Bisphenol A in humans:

https://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/No_05_Bisphenol_A_Nov09_sp.pdf

Clinical studies on the effects of phthalates in humans:

PHTHALATES AND EFFECTS ON HEALTH

https://www.redalyc.org/pdf/370/37017405.pdf


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