Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

Image: © iStock.com / solarseven  (Image ID# 1193095410)Plastics have been with us commercially since 1922 with Bakelite. "In 2018, manufacturers created almost 400 million tons of new plastics, and production is expected to almost quadruple by 2050." "Reliable research now shows that tiny bits of plastic are in our food, drinking water, the air we breathe, and, yes inside our bodies." It is unclear what the effects are. Some plastics have been linked to health issues. In 1999 Consumer Reports warned parents about possible health effects to young children with phthalates and BPA (bisphenol A) exposure.

Anyway, this is their list of 6 ways to use less plastic.

Do: Drink tap water. Fill up a metal reusable bottle for on the go use.

Don't: Rely on bottled water.

Do: Heat food in or on the stove or by microwaving in glass. For frozen meals in plastic trays to minimize your exposure to plastics follow the
cooking directions and avoid overheating. Or you can pop the food out of the tray and transfer it into a glass container for heating.

Do: Buy and store foods in glass, silicone or foil. The American Academy of Pediatrics has said that plastic food containers with recycling code 3,6, and 7 may contain potentially harmful chemicals unless labeled "biobased" or "greenware."

Do: Eat fresh food as much as possible. Food cans are often lined with bisphenol A.

Do: Vacuum regularly. The dust in your house could be loaded with microplastics and chemicals that found in plastics, such as phthalates. Vacuuming regularly with a HEPA filter is best for trapping dust.

Do: Work with your community. Encourage legislation to limit the use of single-use plastic and plastic production. Recycle and encourage community recycling. When possible shop at markets that source goods locally.

Hope this is helpful. We can keep learning and adjusting.