An excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Keeping food out of contact with plastics containing BPA and phthalates is one simple, painless way to reduce exposure to these man-made toxic chemicals, which have been found in more than 90 percent of Americans in “body burden” studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
In scientific studies, phthalates and BPA have shown the ability to interrupt normal nervous and reproductive system development in lab animals and, in recent years, in humans. Both chemicals imitate the female hormone estrogen and suppress the male hormone testosterone, and have been linked to obesity and learning problems.
Safer food wrap is made of low-density polyethylene (LDPE No. 4), used in Glad, Best Yet, and Saran Cling wraps. Recycled, unbleached and/or vegetable wax and parchment papers are available at Whole Foods supermarkets or [reuseit.com]; also see the plastic-free lunch resources at [KokuaHawaiiFoundation.org].