From carrying groceries home to drinking hot beverages in office, we use plastic in our everyday lives. This usage is to such an extent that any alternative seems futile when we consider the man-made gift (read, curse!).
But what happens when such plastic finds its way in our systems?
Do you know what’s the easiest way for such plastic elements to enter our bodies?
Drinking piping hot beverages from plastic cups.
First, let’s see what plastic cup consists of:
Plastic cups are made or stabilized by 2 kinds of chemicals, also called plasticizers.
1. Bisphenol-A (BPA) which is added to make clear, hard plastic
2. Phthalates, which makes plastic soft and flexible
Needless to say, BPA is used to make packaged bottles, food packaging containers and other items. As a heavily crossed-linked polymer, this plasticizer eventually breaks down when subjected to stresses like heat, chemicals, repeated washing, which releases chemicals which are toxic.
These chemicals then find a way into your body by way of such vessels.
These plastic utensils are dangerous because:
Plastic units, once entered, start accumulating in the body at the tissue level. The presence of BPA or Phthalates (depending upon the kind of plastic used; sometimes, tea/coffee is carried in loose plastic bags), causing several disorders like:
1. Neuronal Damage or Damage to the brain
2. Increased activity of the body
3. Improper Immune System
4. Disturbances in the hormone systems
5. Cancers of skin, breasts and reproductive areas
6. Loss of concentration, decreased libido and disorders of the kidneys & liver
7. Increase of absenteeism in companies, decreasing the overall productivity of the company
What should a Corporate / Hospital do?
If you own or work in the Facility team of a corporate company, or are associated with a hospital, you have to be cautious.
In case of a corporate company, people spend maximum time of their day at their workplace. Which is why, it is important that personnel of authority have certain stringent policies in mind:
1. Ban all plastic products that are currently in use for handling hot beverages
2. Emphasize the use of glass, clay or utensils made of clay/mud/steel
3. Make arrangements for all the above materials in the office premises.
4. Check all the water and food sources for the presence of toxic chemicals
5. Create awareness on the same with the help of Seminars and Webinars which can be arranged in-house or live by an accredited Testing Lab and/or Compliance Consultancy.
Hospitals are areas where people visiting can have either a low immunity, or can be suffering from a disease/disorder previously. In this case, it is highly important for the people of the administration to:
1. Ensure people are not served in plastic utensils
2. Barring the use of plastic by the patients and the visitors
3. Serving patients in utensils made of clay or glass
4. Use of metallic containers to store or heat water and other hot beverages
5. Creating awareness among the patients, hospital staff and medical practitioners by arranging interactive sessions, seminars and webinars, all conducted by an accredited testing lab and/or compliance training agency.
Want to know how your company is affected right now by the use of plastics? Want to make a change and enhance the health of your teammates?
Now is the time.
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