We've all heard of Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates - those chemicals that wreak havoc on the health of our families. The question we need to ask ourselves is - with so much attention already directed on these chemicals, do we still need to be worried? Since BPA and phthalates can be found pretty much anywhere, the answer is YES. The good news is that with many more consumers being aware of the harm these chemicals cause, a lot of product manufacturers are being more cautious with their material selection and opting for better and safer choices.
Other than making informed choices when selecting products, there are a few things we can to do limit exposure to BPA:
Ways to avoid phthalates:
It can be overwhelming to wade through all the different chemicals to avoid, so I choose to eliminate the culprits from things that impact my family directly. Since I have two young kids, I make sure to be super selective about items that go into their mouths, which translates to items that touch their food. I am also careful about what goes on their skin (shampoos, soaps, lotions, and sunscreen) and things that could emit harmful fumes in the are around them (yup, no more scented candles or air fresheners in our house). It's all about making small yet impactful changes.