From: Healthy Child Healthy World
Published October 22, 2007 11:35 AM

Paranoid About Plastics? Consider These 5 Actions

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — New research reveals links between health risks and bispenol A (BPA), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), found in common household plastics such as baby bottles, storage containers and plastic wrap. This is frightening news, especially for parents who use these items regularly in their daily lives. But Healthy Child Healthy World, the nation's leading non-profit devoted to children's environmental health for over 16 years, offers easy ways to keep our kids safe through the 5 Easy Steps program, located at HealthyChild.org.


"Plastics are an affordable convenience," says Christopher Gavigan, CEO/Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World. "Only recently have we discovered that the hidden cost may be to our health. But it's easy to learn how to use them wisely so we all stay safe." As part of the 5 Easy Steps program, Gavigan recommends:


  • Avoid using plastic containers in the microwave, since unsafe chemicals are released when plastics are heated. Instead, use glass or ceramic containers to microwave food and beverages.
  • Reduce the number of plastic products in your child's environment-squeeze toys, rattles, bath toys, cribs, teethers, pacifiers, high chairs, and more-made of soft plastic and opt instead for toys and books made with natural wood, paper, cloth, or metal.
  • Be cautious of cling wraps, especially for microwave use. Instead, wrap foods in butcher paper, waxed paper, or paper towels-or store food in glass or ceramic containers.
  • Wash plastic containers by hand with a mild soap instead of dishwashing, as the hot water degrades plastics.
  • Choose safer plastics such as polyethylene (numbered #1, #2, and #4) and polypropylene (#5), which are less toxic and non-chlorinated.
  • Avoid the use of polycarbonate and polystyrene (#3 and #6) baby bottles and sippy cups.
  • Look for products that state "no phthalates" or "no bisphenol A (BPA)."
  • If the packaging does not identify the plastic, ask the manufacturer or don't buy it.
More information on scientific research linking plastics to cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, endocrine disruption and more can be found at http://healthychild.org/5steps/5_steps_5/ and www.ourstolenfuture.org.


About Healthy Child Healthy World


The HCHW mission is simple: to protecting the health and well being of all children from harmful environmental exposures by educating parents, supporting protective policies, and engaging communities. By making responsible decisions, simple everyday choices, and well-informed lifestyle improvements, the public can actively create healthy environments where children and families can flourish.


Healthy Child Healthy World exists because over 125 million of America's children now face a historically unprecedented rise in chronic disease and illness such as cancer, autism, asthma and birth defects, as well as learning and developmental disabilities such as ADD/ADHD. Credible scientific evidence increasingly points to environmental hazards and household chemicals-such as the more than 85,000 chemicals used in cleaners, pesticides, plastics, personal care and industrial products-as causing and contributing to many of these diseases. Healthy Child Healthy World was founded by James and Nancy Chuda, in 1991 after their daughter Colette died from a rare form of non-hereditary cancer. Healthy Child has since become a resource for millions of parents and caregivers worldwide. Business partners include Whole Foods, Seventh Generation, Coach, Naturepedic, IKEA, and more; celebrity supporters include Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields, Laura Dern, Amy Brenneman and Meryl Streep.


For more information, please log on to HealthyChild.org.


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Mia Wasilevich
Sugar Public Relations
Tel : 310-694-0698
E-mail: mia@sugarpr.com


Website : Healthy Child Healthy World


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