We are all aware of the dangers and strain plastic has placed on our environment.
From choking hazards to unsuspecting, innocent wildlife, to poisonous fumes and chemicals seeping into the environment.
Ourselves and plastic have entered a toxic relationship in every sense of the term.
Plastic and the Environment
Life Renu isn’t an environmental advocacy platform, we’re here for your health and fitness.
But what is health and fitness without a sustained planet to enjoy them on?
And what is good nutrition with no health conditions to grow our food?
So it’s important for all of us to take a second and just be aware of the environmental impact created by daily activity, especially with plastics.
From our water to our soil, plastic is clogging up our planet more and more, making it difficult to maintain adequate, wholesome nutrition.
And when it comes to nutrition, it’s not just being able to grow food that’s affected by plastic.
Plastic and our Nutrition
Most industrial-grade plastics used for food packaging contain numerous noxious chemicals.
These chemicals tend to leak into our food over time while being stored in plastic packages, a process that speeds up especially when heat is introduced.
One of the most concerning of these chemicals is bisphenol A or BPA. this chemical readily leaks into our food from plastic containers and is especially problematic towards male health.
That’s because BPA acts in a similar way to estrogen and has been shown to cause testosterone suppression.
With a year on year decline in global males testosterone levels, it seems like plastic is damaging our insides as much as the outside world.
4 amazing ways to eliminate plastic Toxins From The Diet
1. BPA Free
As we just covered, one of the worst things about plastic is the toxic artificial estrogenic chemical BPA.
Because the majority of food packaging is made from plastics with BPA, we are unfortunately under constant exposure.
That is unless you look out for “BPA Free” on food containers.
Commonly used in reusable beverage containers, BPA free is now being used in single-use packaging.
2. Plastic Alternatives
Alternatives to plastic for food packaging, storage and serving have been around for a while.
Biofriendly options like glass and biodegradable options like paper and wood are great and readily available options.
Paper is the best single-use option because of its high level of biodegradability. It also has an organic profile that’s safe for your body, this, of course, depends on how the paper was manufactured.
Wood and glass are great because of how reusable they are.
Aluminum is great for your body and keeping harmful chemicals out of your food, but it presents an environmental impact when not disposed of correctly
The only problem with implementing all these is that food manufacturers are trapped by the convenience of single-use plastics.
3. Fresh and Unsealed
Another great way to avoid the problem of excess plastic, both for the environment and for your health is to buy food that doesn’t come packaged.
Now, of course, you can’t do this with all foods. Anything liquid with obviously need to come in a container.
The same goes for any meat or dairy products, basically anything that will spoil or spill easily.
Some foods can, however, be bought and stored without the need for plastic packaging.
Many fruits such as bananas, oranges, and melons come naturally packaged and don’t need an extra barrier of protection.
Most veggies don’t require plastic packaging when you buy them. They often don’t even come in plastic until you decide to bag them up.
If you do end up needing to bag or pack your fresh produce, try to opt for paper bags or reusable plant-based weave shopping bags.
Most stores stock these alternatives so be on the lookout.
Cellophane is one of the best forms of plastic when it comes to both the environment and your health.
It looks, feels and works just like a typical plastic packaging but is completely biodegradable.
That’s because cellophane is plant-derived, made from cellulose, a structural organic compound that also works as dietary fiber when consumed.
Cellophane is transparent but comes in a variety of colors.
There are numerous other biodegradable plastics out there, but cellophane is definitely the most common.
Plastic is an almost inseparable part of daily living at this point.
Besides food packaging, most of what we own, use, live and work in probably has a significant amount of plastic contributing to its structure or function.
That being said, we can definitely try and eliminate the unnecessary use of plastic, both for a healthy planet and for healthier bodies.
We can also be selective of the type of plastic we use for the sake of the environment as well as our own health