See-through Cancer.

Via on Jan 19, 2010

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I *knew* there was a reason I hate plastic-wrapped pastries in cafes..!

…Oh, right, PVC=cancer and other evils for our health, and it never, ever, ever biodegrades. Ever:

BEWARE of that cling wrap. Consumer group Choice suggests we start avoiding plastic packaging for fear it could be potentially hazardous.

Of concern are materials containing polycarbonate – used to make food storage containers and bottles – and epoxy resins, used to line tin cans, Choice said.

Both have the potential to release bisphenol A, which has been linked to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Choice has called on the industry to phase out the use of such materials, and until then, introduce mandatory labelling.

“PVC is used to make the gaskets that seal glass jars used for foods such as pasta sauces,” Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn said.

“There are safer alternatives, which should be used instead…

Here’s a well-put-together, accessible blog listing alternatives.

Bonus:

Can warming up food in a plastic container give you cancer?

Depends on the type of plastic. “Nasty chemicals can be and sometimes are found in plastic items, and heat tends to allow them to break free.”

It’s not a “yes or no” answer.

Some plastic has been shown to leach chemicals that are carcinogenic when heated.

So you may be ingesting carcinogenic chemicals.

does it mean you are for-sure going to get cancer? no. If you regurarly are exposed to carcinogenic chemicals your chances for certain types of cancer increase. It does not mean you will get cancer for sure.

imagine if I smoked a cigarette right now. We know 100% for sure that those cause cancer. if one person smokes one cigarette does it mean they will get cancer? no. for all intents and purposes that one cigarette will have no effect on their health at all.

It’s recommended that you don’t heat food or drinks up in plastic for this reason.

…the biggest issue with plastics is that they, when consumed, have what we call “endocrine inhibitors” and can, but not always, have odd effects on your endocrine system. However, it is hard to say how much of an effect it does, as we constantly come in contact with so many endocrine inhibitors all the time – nearly all synthetic perfumes have them, nearly all household cleaning products, and many if not most of your skin care products have them as well.

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11 Responses to “See-through Cancer.”

  1. katrina says:

    I HATE plastic, using it and throwing it away. I was them when I can but my favorite alternative to plastic wrap/bags is. http://www.ecoditty.com

  2. katrina says:

    +I *wash* them…

  3. Shirley
    Fabulous, a mine of useful information, thank you

    Kasia C
    thanks for this…I stopped using cling wrap over 15 years ago and only use stainless steel with plastic lids or glass containers for storage.

    Candice G
    I haven't used plastic wrap or paper towels, or kleenex, for years. I still use foil occassionally. But I am guilty of using tupperware. At least its reusable. Good pointers in this article!

  4. Renegade88 says:

    Plastic wrap is a major pain in the derriere and totally sucks………..Unless your *Dexter* (haha)

  5. penelope says:

    Choice is the Australian consumer magazine, similar to Consumer Reports. Pthalates and endocrine disruption are a more specific danger of plastics and plasticizers (than cancer). Endocrine disruption is a big problem for all of us. Phthalates particularly affect boys. In the US, The Environmental Working group are doing amazing work to lobby for toxin reductions in our everyday lives. We can thank them for the BPA changes that are happening. There is an article here about the different kinds of wrap and what is in them (Saran is polyethelyne, Reynolds is still PVC). I dont buy the stuff and if i ever use it I dont let food touch it. But its worth informing ourselves so we can lobby stores for safER options that are immediately available. I once heard that PVC takes 250,000 years to decompose. I dont know if that's true but ever since, I have avoided buying it wherever possible.

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  9. Katherine says:

    This just in… http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-02/rai

    While I'm glad there some hope, I still hate plastic.

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