It’s not you. It’s you. I deserve way better. From the moment we met, this was an unhealthy relationship. I was so innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world back then – how was I to know that you were no good? But now I know better.
So you say you’ve gone all BPA-free. What you don’t know is that I know that you’re hiding the fact that you’ve just replaced BPA with its nasty cousin, BPS! What a joke. You’ll never change your evil ways, will you?
The bottom line is that you’re toxic, and so is this relationship. I need to take better care of myself and end this here and now. And if I take a long hard look at things, isn’t this just a relationship of convenience anyways?
10 ways to end your relationship with plastic
- Stop buying bottled water: it is not worth the monetary or health costs (to read more, click here). Instead, invest in a glass water bottle and water filter (check out EWG’s Water Filter Buying Guide for help making the choice that’s right for you). The upfront costs will pay off the in long run.
- Always choose a glass baby bottle. Always.
- Limit processed foods a much as possible. Processed foods can become contaminated with plasticizers during any part of the preparation process, both before packaging and also as a result of packaging.
- When provided the option of purchasing a processed/prepared grocery item in a can, plastic bottle or glass jar, always choose glass. While avoiding the plastic bottle may be obvious here, what is not so obvious is the fact that cans are lined with plasticizers to keep from rusting. Studies have shown that cans leach more than double the BPA than plastic baby or drinking water bottles, though far fewer of the former tout the “BPA-free” label in comparison to the latter.
- Invest in a quality set of glass food storage containers. For kids, consider using a stainless steel lunch box.
- If you frequent a coffee shop, use a reusable ceramic or stainless steel travel mug, which will not only decrease your environmental footprint, but also your body burden as you will be avoiding the plasticizers used to coat the paper coffee cup as well as those in the plastic lid.
- Make your own cleaning products and store them in an upclycled glass bottle turned spray bottle. Harsh chemicals readily leech petrochemicals found in plastics, adding to their chemical cornucopia. However, the same can go for vinegar and lemon (common in DIY household cleaners) so clean up your act completely by going glass.
- Immediately tear down that PVC shower curtain and buy a non-PVC curtain! Even if you choose a PEVA curtain, it off-gasses far fewer VOCs than that nasty PVC curtain (to read more, click here).
- Invest in quality reusable grocery bags and reusable produce bags. Many people have made the switch to the former but not the latter, but it’s time to make the break completely! (If you don’t currently have either, check out this combo pack.) Just remember to wash your bags fairly often.
- Choose loose tea over bagged tea. Tea bags – whether a plastic mesh or paper bag – are coated with plasticizers that break down after coming in contact with boiling water, which is, uh, what tea is supposed to do (to read more, click here).
The list could really be endless but I need to draw the line somewhere! What other suggestions do you have?