APP Co-Founder Sian Sutherland sets out seven easy ways to go plastic-free on top US wellness website Well+Good NYC.
You like to think you do your part to help the planet: You always carry your S’well water bottle, and diligently separate your paper and plastic from the rest of your trash. But if you grab an iced matcha (in a plastic cup) on your way to work each day, you might not be thinking as much about the Earth’s health as your own.
Globally, we dump over 8 million tons of plastic into the oceans each year. (Much of which ends up in gigantic floating garbage patches—one recently found in the South Pacific is bigger than Mexico.) Scientists increasingly warn that phthalate chemicals—the same toxic ingredients that have been banned in beauty products—used in plastic packaging may be contaminating the food chain, leaching into the seafood you eat and posing a real threat to health. In 2014, a United States government advisory panel report raised serious concerns about phthalates’ links to cancer.
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