I am so excited to see that the media has finally stepped into the debate on toxic plastics in our babies' bottles and toys. Until now, the growing uproar over the “Everywhere Chemical” has been raging quietly in research labs and in living rooms across America. Thanks to an eye-opening article released by USA Today, this important issue has been laid out for everyone to see. The authors said it in a wonderfully plain way:
Whether these chemicals should be banned or curtailed pits scientists against chemical companies, consumers against manufacturers, the EU against the United States and the state of California against toy makers around the globe.
The article also points out that parents are beginning to take action on their own, choosing to err on the side of caution to protect their children.
Though the government hasn't made up its mind, parents increasingly have. Marina Borrone of Menlo Park, Calif., aims to protect her home from chemicals that she fears could harm her family or the planet. The restaurant owner and mother shuns most plastic in favor of old-fashioned glass baby bottles and wooden toys.
“Europe took it (phthalates) out of toys years ago,” Borrone says. “Why are we so behind?”
Her home state is catching up with her. This month, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the country's first ban on the use of phthalates in toys and other children's products. Under the law, any product made for young children that contains more than one-tenth of 1% of phthalates cannot be sold or distributed in California beginning in 2009.
The chemical industry disagrees with that approach.
Born Free and Adiri baby bottle companies were named as great safer alternatives to polycarbonate baby bottles.
P.S. Take time to read and listen to the excellent information presented at the top of the USA Today article in a section labeled “Toxic Legacy: Can a Plastic ‘Alter Human Cells'?” Dr. Fred Vom Saal has been an inspiration to my own personal research in the area of endocrine disruptors.