Water bottles and other polycarbonate plastics
What to do: Use a metal or glass water bottle, and don’t store or microwave your own or your children’s food in hard plastic containers. Containers made from #2, #4, and #5 plastic are safer; glass and ceramic are even better. Skip hard plastic infant toys and teethers. And throw away all plastic baby bottles, children’s sippy cups, and other similar products made prior to July 2012, when a ban on BPA in children’s drinking containers was implemented.
Watch Out For: Metal bottles with a lining that defeats the purpose. Choose pure stainless steel bottles only.
What to do: Thermal papers like ATM, cash register, credit card, and other receipts contain BPA that’s easily transferred to our skin when we handle them. Refuse receipts if possible. If they’re needed, handle them quickly and isolate them in a small plastic bag. Wash your hands as soon as you can. Don’t use hand sanitizer until you do—it increases BPA absorption. And never recycle thermal papers.
Watch Out For: Money. The tendency to stuff receipts into our wallets is creating a paper money supply contaminated by all the BPA that rubs off onto our cash when we do. Treat bills like receipts and handle with care.
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