The Danger Hidden All Around Us- Stop The Plastic Madness

Feb 23, 2024 | Latest News, Uncategorized

 

As children in the 1970’s we never gave a thought to what our lunchbox was made of, just what was inside mattered, would there be cookies and chips or just carrots and crackers? If you were born before 1970 then I will wager a guess that your bathroom had a huge can of Aqua Net on the counter and you drank water… from the sink, **gasp**!!!

Life has undoubtedly become more convenient, but it’s come at a hidden cost to both our health and our planet.  Thankfully, we stopped spraying our way to a giant hole in the ozone layer, and, now that most households have thankfully embraced recycling, we are on the right path, we are doing our part, right?

Where does that plastic we toss end up?

Unfortunately, that likely isn’t the full truth. Despite widespread efforts to recycle, it’s had little impact on the problem of single-use plastics and their harmful effects on land and sea, or our health and well-being. Shockingly, most of the plastic we diligently place in recycling bins still ends up in landfills. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, we churn out a staggering 300 million tons of plastic each year globally, with half of it being used just once before being tossed away. That’s nearly the equivalent to the weight of the entire human population!

While I appreciate the modern conveniences we enjoy, I can’t help but worry about the toll they’re taking on our health, quality of life, and healthcare costs – consequences we’ll inevitably face down the road. Equally troubling is the impact our need for instant gratification and convenience is having on future generations and the environment. New research strongly suggests that these concerns are warranted. The dangers of single-use plastics are more likely greater then we even imagined.

In 2024, nano plastics made headlines when studies revealed alarming findings. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that a single plastic water bottle contained an average of around 240,000 detectable plastic fragments – 10 to 100 times more than previously estimated. These tiny particles, known as nano plastics, have infiltrated our bodies, making their way into our bloodstream and vital organs. The real unknown is what impact these have on us. There is a large amount of data suggesting that BPA (a hot topic, debate still rages on as to whether it is safe) and nano plastics lead to many health issues. Many of the chemicals in plastics are known endocrine disruptors, chemicals that interfere with our hormones, and research has suggested that human exposure could cause health impacts from reproductive problems such as infertility to cancer. Those are just the more severe complications, with more common conditions, such as thyroid issues and inflammation, being a concern as well.

As plastic madness reigns, it is on each of us to confront this danger and take action to keep these harmful chemicals out of our lives.Fortunately, simple steps to reduce your plastic use can have a major impact. At LifiBifi, we’re proud to champion the movement to reduce and reuse by partnering with companies that are just as committed to sustainability as we are.

Below are some practical suggestions for how you can kickstart your journey towards a low-plastic lifestyle:

  • Swap out plastic water bottles with your favorite reusable tumbler. We highly recommend our Tumbler Tunes for a plastic-free blast of fun.
  • Opt for natural alternatives like beeswax wraps or unwaxed paper for food storage instead of plastic wrap. Meli Wraps offer a beautiful alternative and keep food fresh longer, naturally.
  • Say goodbye to teabags and embrace loose-leaf tea, like the delightful blends from Sweet Tea Factory. Even organic tea bags contain nano plastics.
  • Choose eco-friendly products made from recycled materials, such as plush toys from Stuffin Fun and reusable bags from Flip & Tumble, both crafted from ocean-bound plastics.

The eco-friendly steps we take today lead to a cleaner, healthier planet and population for tomorrow.

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