You would have thought that water would be one of the safest drinks, but put it in a plastic bottle and what do you get? Answer: Water and Toxic Chemicals and then we drink it! Be concerned about the health risks of plastic water bottles.
Let's start with the nasty plastics Polycarbonates and Phthalates.
These two plastics that go into making containers are creating a lot of controversy. This is because Polycarbonates contains Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol is a real gem as it mimics estrogen. This little beauty has been linked to all sorts of health problems, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, infertility, birth defects, and hyperactivity.
Apparently Phthalates is not too good for our endocrine system, and even worse if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Children can also suffer during their childhood. Canada and the EU have banned the use of BPA in baby bottles because of its potential harmful effects.
Both BPA and phthalates can seep into the contents of the container. BPA-free polyethylene or polypropylenes that have the recycling numbers 2, 4, or 5 are considered to be safe. So check your cosmetic jars for the numbers. If a container bears a triangle symbol with the number 3, 6, or 7 inside it, then the plastic may well contain BPA. What is more alarming is results of studies done in the United States have shown more than 90% of people in the USA have low levels of BPA in their urine! Another studied that was presented at the ENDO 2013 meeting in San Francisco linked fetal exposure to typical amounts of BPA with undescended testicles in baby boys, which, they said, lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer in later life.
So to recount: For safety it is best to avoid any plastic designated #7, #3, and #6. Plastics that are safe are #1, #2, #4, and #5. The most hazardous are polyurethanes, PVC, and styrenic copolymers.
Elixir Skin Care use safe plastics as we want you to be safe because we really do care.