Plastic in the Home May Have a Bigger Impact

By now we know that there is a concern about BPA in plastics in our homes. We're aware enough to discontinue buying plastics that could leach the toxin into our drinking water, leftovers, or infants' bottles. But what about our plastic waste? Where could that end up?

Unfortunately, a lot of waste from our homes and offices finds its way to the ocean. Wired magazine reports that scientists have found a direct link between BPA and other toxins to decomposing plastics that have made their way into the seas.

Now, before you put a halt on your plans to visit that seaside vacation home, understand that the sheer magnitude of the ocean means that the amount of chemicals and toxins found in the ocean may have little to no effect on us at the moment. But, like one pollution expert said in the article, “There’s no question that there’s too much plastic in the ocean, and we should try to reduce that."

Reducing is easy: We've stopped purchasing any kind of obvious BPA plastics, but we are also paying attention to not-so-obvious ones like bathroom items (like razors) and gadgets that might contain the harmful chemicals.

And of course, properly recycling the plastics currently in your home will help too.

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