8 Ways to Reduce Your Family's Plastic Usage

Fri, 03/04/2015

BPA — are you sick of hearing about it yet? We know it has been found to cause endocrine disruption, physical and behavior problems in children, and reproductive problems, and chances are your family has gone BPA-free, But did you know some scientists are now looking into whether plastics contain even more chemicals that mimic the hormone estrogen and can be harmful to your health? In addition, phthalates, a chemical used to soften plastics, has been linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity, early puberty, asthma, cancer, and endocrine disruption.


This information alone is enough to make anyone want to reduce their plastic usage. And while going completely plastic-free seems like a huge task, there are simple, everyday swaps you can make to reduce your plastic usage and lessen your exposure to these chemicals (and lessen your impact on the environment, too!)

Using glass mixing bowls, stainless steel water bottles, and reusable grocery are just a few examples. Read these 8 ways to go plastic-free for more ideas.

What steps do you take to reduce your family's exposure to plastic? Do you have anything to add to our tips?