How to Reduce Eating Plastic

Plastic contaminates more food and water than you may realize. With you ingesting so much plastic it can really affect your health. With that being said, lets take a look at how you can reduce eating plastic.

Plastic is almost impossible to avoid; you can find it in soup cans, leaches out of storage containers, hides in household dust, found inside toys, electronics, shampoo, cosmetics, and countless other products. However, some people don’t realize that just because you are not actually ingesting the actual piece of plastic, you are still ingesting some of the plastic particles. With that being said, these small particles are known as micro-plastics.

Why is plastic in food and water?

Since the 1950s, humans have produced more than 8 billion tons of plastic, with only 10 percent of this being recycled. Through time a lot of this plastic has broken down into small tiny particles that makes it way into any kind of water; such as rivers, lakes, and oceans. By it being transferred to the water it ends up making its way to our food and water by contaminating it.

Are you still a little bit confused how it really contaminates our food? Well, our food mostly comes wrapped in plastic which causes these small plastic particles to break off into our food. Yikes! Overall, you can find plastic anywhere – in your food, water, and even the air we breath.

With that being said, here are 5 tips to help reduce plastic in your daily life: 

  1. Drink water from your tap
  2. Don’t heat food in plastic
  3. Avoid plastic food containers with known issues
  4. Eat more fresh food
  5. Minimize household dust

Overall, ingesting plastic can be a very scary thing and can be very damaging to your health. Therefore, here at The Learning Tree we believe in a plastic free environment! Having a plastic free environment here at your day care center can help lessen the intake of plastic of your children!

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