Reducing the plastics problem
Plastic materials are a major way in which chemicals can enter our homes.
First of all, we advise that you know about how plastics are made, which of them are found in your household products and if they emit substances such as phthalates, flame retardants or Bisphenol A. Once you have this information, try to minimise their usage or to get rid of them completely, especially if they are used in large quantities and are more likely to emit harmful chemicals.
One major concern is that several scientific studies on floorings and PVC plastic coatings in children’s bedrooms have found these to be linked with a significant increase in childhood asthma (see: Asthma). If we believe these scientists, we should really be trying to stop using these materials.
Plastics are also often used in food packaging and, particularly when heated, these plastics can transmit small quantities of contaminating chemicals to the food. Therefore, we need to be careful with these items.
We should particularly be watching out for an excess of certain plastics, which are normally found in products such as toys.
The amount of plastics used nowadays means that they are found in so many different products. Therefore, to be able to reduce the risks caused by the toxic components of some of these, you will have to look at the different sections of this website regarding various household items (floors, furniture, paints, toys, electronics, household appliances etc.)