Warning bells on plastics
Chemicals that can leach out of plastic products have set alarm bells ringing worldwide and homeowners need to be aware of the dangers.

For example, Bisphenol A, or BPA for short, is a synthetic form of the hormone estrogen used in hard plastics and has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and behavioural and reproductive problems. Phthalates - additives that make plastics more flexible – have also been linked to reproductive problems.

And although more research is currently under way, says Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group, several countries have already issued warnings or banned the use of these substances in plastic products, especially in baby or children’s goods.

“Indeed, until safety limits of these substances are established, it makes sense to limit exposure as far as possible.”

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, Everitt says that what you can do in your home is to use alternatives to plastic such as glass, porcelain or stainless steel to prepare or store food, and never microwave food in plastic containers, since heat promotes leaching of the chemicals into food.

You should also replace children’s plastic lunch boxes with either brown paper bags or re-usable (and fun!) cloth bags, and rethink plastic baby or water bottles, especially if they are often left in a hot car. Try glass bottles or a stainless steel flask instead.

In addition you should limit the use of canned food, as many cans are lined with resin that contains BPA, and provide your children with toys made from natural materials such as wood.

And finally, try to buy unscented soaps, shampoos, lotions and baby powder, as phthalates are often used in bath and beauty products as carriers for fragrances.

Article By: www.ChasEveritt.com