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Could You Live Without Plastic?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Families around the world are now living without plastic, from grocery bags to storage containers, toothbrushes and produce bags; while challenging, online and brick-and-mortar businesses are available to make your transition easier, if not painless
  • It may take up to 1,000 years for plastic to completely degrade. In the meantime, the product breaks down into microplastic particles, infiltrating your food and water supply, damaging the environment and placing your health at risk
  • Plastic pollution and chemical absorption is associated with numerous forms of cancer, obesity, neurological, reproductive and developmental toxicities, as well as diabetes, organ malfunctions and heart disease
  • Consider reducing your plastic exposure and impact on the environment by recycling like an expert, switching plastic storage for glass, avoiding processed foods and opting for non-disposable products, such as diapers, razors and utensils

Plastic is made from a number of different chemicals, some of which are known to act as endocrine disruptors. An endocrine disruptor is similar in nature to a natural sex hormone and interferes with the normal functioning in your body.

While not visible, plastic chemicals can be found in fast food packaging, processed and boxed foods, including those marketed as organic. Use has skyrocketed from 2 million metric tons in 1950 to 380 million metric tons in 2015.


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