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Do you know 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away and that this thrown away plastic each year is enough to circle the earth four times?

Do you know we currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce and throw away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year and that plastic takes 500 to 1000 years to decompose?

Do you know Plastic contains harmful chemical called BPA that stands for bisphenol A (an industrial chemical that has been used to make plastics since the 1960s) and is harmful to humans and all other living things alike?

Ecozoi has been established to bring awareness about harmful plastic that has been invading our lives since 90s and provide healthy alternative products that would help save our planet, our oceans, and that would keep your family and yourself healthy and happy.

BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics that are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles, bento lunch boxes, ice popsicle molds, lunch plates, kids sippy cups, etc. BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure.

The FDA is continuing its review of BPA, including supporting ongoing research. In the meantime, if you're concerned about BPA, you can take these steps to reduce your exposure:

  • Use BPA-free products. Manufacturers are creating more and more BPA-free products. Look for products labeled as BPA-free. 
  • Cut back on cans. Reduce your use of canned foods since most cans are lined with BPA-containing resin.
  • Avoid heat. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, advises against microwaving polycarbonate plastics or putting them in the dishwasher, because the plastic may break down over time and allow BPA to leach into foods.
  • Use alternatives. Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids instead of plastic containers.

Given the known health effects of BPA, manufacturers and retailers are now coming up with alternative plastic that is BPA free. However, do not get fooled by the BPA-Free plastic alternatives as they contain another chemical, BPS, which is found to be equally harmful as BPA. That is the reason Ecozoi has made it a mission to replace all kinds of plastic with better healthy alternative products that are made from Stainless steel, Wood, Paper, Copper, Cotton, etc. 

In our next post, we will provide a more detailed Health Effects Grid that shows the effects of different types of plastics in variety of applications that can cause specific health issues in humans and animals alike. Until then, Adios Amigos!

Sources: www.ecologycenter.org

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