Eco Tips:

With all the plastic polluting the environment, it makes more sense that plastic would be making its way into our food, too. Several recent studies have attempted to quantify just how much plastic we’re ingesting and the results are alarming..

1. Drink Tap water or use stainless steel drinking bottles

The Canadian study mentioned above found that bottled water drinkers took in 90,000 additional micro plastic particles per year, compared to tap water drinkers, who only ingested an extra 4,000 particles. So this is obvious; skip the plastic bottled beverages of all kinds – water, soda or juice, anything, rather use ecof’s stainless steel water bottles.

2. Avoid plastic packaging.

This is a tall order, one that’s nearly impossible to implement 100 percent of the time, but it’s worth striving for. If you can buy loose products instead of Styrofoam tray-and-plastic-wrapped produce, do that. If you can take your jars and containers to a bulk store for plastic-free refills, do that. If you can choose a glass jar of honey or peanut butter over a plastic one, go for it. (Check out: A beginner’s guide to plastic-free living)

3. Don’t heat food in plastic.

Plastic and heat are not meant to mix, as it can cause the plastic to leach chemicals (and micro particles) into food. If you store food in plastic, transfer it to glass or ceramic before microwaving or heat it on the stove. Consumer Reports points out that the American Academy of Pediatrics “also recommends not putting plastic into your dishwasher” – a suggestion that’s bound to strike horror into the hearts of many parents, but makes sense.

4. Do more housecleaning.

The dust in our homes is full of toxic chemicals and micro plastic bits. Researchers say it comes from synthetic furnishings and fabrics breaking down over time and binding to household dust, which then rain down on our food. Make a point of vacuuming regularly and choose natural fabrics and home furnishings whenever possible.

This list is far from comprehensive, of course, but it’s a good place to start thinking about this issue.

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