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The Perils of Plastic

Republished with permission from the Green Yoga Association

According to Time Magazine, plastic is even more dangerous than you think.

In The Perils of Plastic, we learn about the lack of regulation for harmful chemicals such as BPA and Phthalates, and that science is determining how even low doses of such chemicals can cause reproductive problems and increase the risk of cancer.

The Obama administration is working to increase government oversight and consumer education, but until the laws actually change, we each must be vigilant in protecting ourselves from contact with these dangerous chemicals.

Eliminating all contact may not be possible in this modern life, but we can minimize the accumulation of contacts by choosing alternative products.

Here are some suggestions:

— Use a Yoga mat free of PVC, Phthalates, and other potentially harmful plastics.  (Read Rethinking Yoga Mats)

— Check household items, such as shower curtains, children’s toys, and skin care products for the presence of estrogen mimickers such as BPA, Phthalates and Oxybenzone.

— Be sure to drink from stainless steel water bottles.  (Get one here, for a donation to Green Yoga)

Republished with permission from the Green Yoga Association