Plastic Is Poisoning Your Customers
Stop poisoning the earth, yourself, and your customers. Avoid all plastics. Would you intentionally ingest poison? What if it were a small amount that wouldn’t kill you? Now would you take that same small amount on a regular basis? Then why would our government and the plastics industry feel it is okay for us to ingest small amounts of poison? That is exactly what you are doing every time you use plastic to store your food and beverages. It is a proven fact that plastic leaches chemicals. Plastic is made from oil, coal and gas – things we certainly wouldn't want to eat. Some plastics also contain dangerous chemicals that have been proven to cause cancer and affect our hormones.
It is a fact that food leaches into the plastic container and plastic leaches chemicals from the container into the food. You don’t need a lab to prove this. You experience it every day. Have you ever had a bottle of water that didn’t taste a little like plastic? If it has been left in the hot sun it will taste and smell even more like plastic. What about when you last tried to reuse a soda bottle as a water bottle? It always tasted like the soda, didn’t it? The same thing goes for those plastic food containers. Have you ever put spaghetti sauce in one of them and not had a permanently red container?
Do you really want to be eating plastic? And do you really want to send your customers home with poisonous plastic containers? Plastic can’t be blamed for all our health and environmental problems, but it does greatly contribute to them. It has been proven that plastic poison does contribute to cancer and can affect hormone levels, especially in children.
Recently, Lexan polycarbonate resin has been getting all the attention in the news due to the bisphenol-A (BPA) that it contains. BPA leaches a strong hormone disruptor. It impairs the reproductive organs and has adverse effects on tumors, breast tissue development, and prostate development by reducing sperm count. The most common plastics that you may be aware of which contain BPA are baby bottles, canned food liners, and those colorful Nalgene sport bottles.
Many in the plastics business and some health professionals will claim that plastics are safe. However, even they admit the following important facts are true:
- All plastic leaches chemicals.
- Some plastics leach more chemicals than others and contain more harmful chemicals than others.
- Not all plastic is heat safe.
- Not all plastic is freezer safe.
- Most plastic should never be heated in the microwave or the dishwasher. This makes all plastic degrade faster and leach more chemicals into your food.
- Harsh cleaning chemicals and scratches will make the plastic leach chemicals faster. Older plastic leaches more chemicals than newer plastic.
- It is best to replace your plastic if it gets too old.
Basically, you need to be responsible with plastic and only use it for its intended use and for a short period of time. The plastics industry also claims that all leaching is safe because it is in small amounts. Even though manufacturers claim the amount that is leached is safe, Nalgene and baby bottle companies are phasing out the BPA.
Well, I say, “why risk ingesting any plastic if you don’t have to?” I can’t keep track of which plastic is safe for what, when to use it, and how old it is. I also don’t want to have to keep throwing out and buying new plastic that is too old. Plastic can only be recycled a finite number of times. That is bad for the environment and for my wallet. Petroleum and chemically based plastic will never bio-degrade, ever. I also don’t want to ingest small amounts of poison, even if some people think it is a safe amount. How do they know how much I am ingesting? How do we know how much we are ingesting? It is easier and healthier to just avoid plastic altogether. Instead of guessing if it is safe to use an old plastic container, why not just buy one non-plastic container that you can use for a lifetime?
There are so many alternatives to plastic that there is no need to use it to store your food or your customers’ food. You can use glass, stainless steel, ceramic, and more. Restaurants can even use cost effective biodegradable vegetable based plastics for everything from straws, utensils, to take home containers. Just make sure your non-plastic food containers are not lined with a plastic coating. You can save your planet, your money, your health, and show your customers that you care about them and the environment by avoiding plastic as much as possible in all your food preparation and storage. By doing so, you will stop poisoning the earth and yourself, and you will save money and increase your customer loyalty at the same time.