New science on the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), found in many plastic and childrens products, links elevated BPA concentrations to an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and liver abnormalities. This compelling new science has made the search for safe plastic products increasingly important, but good information for consumers is hard to find.
To help eliminate confusion about plastics and synthetic chemicals, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the public health coalition Healthy Legacy have teamed up to provide consumers with two new resources to make smarter choices when shopping.
Two publications released recently:
The Smart Plastics Guide
This updated version of IATP's popular guide includes the latest science and marketplace developments to help consumers make wise choices about the types of plastics they use. The guide includes information on all seven labels for plastic products, health and environmental risks of chemicals used in plastics, the latest on green chemistry and 10 tips for safer use of plastics in storing food.
A Guide to Safe Children's Products
This new guide helps parents learn about synthetic chemicals commonly used in children's products (and how to avoid them), and provides a list of safer products. A full-page insert details safe children's products ranging from baby bottles, utensils, pacifiers, teethers and more. A wallet-size cut-out makes it easy for parents to take this handy information on-the-go!
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