The Quick Guide to Avoiding Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

The Quick Guide to Avoiding Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Let’s get right to it. 

The most important steps are bolded! They’re usually the easiest, too. 

Avoiding BPA

  1. Don’t microwave plastic. Ceramic or glass are both 100% safe.
  2. Toss out old plastic food containers. Get glass instead.
  3. Try to reduce how much food you eat out of cans. 
  4. Prefer “BPA free” cans, although those aren’t always honest. 
  5. Limit how much you handle paper receipts. Toss ‘em quickly or just don’t take them. 
  6. Some good news: BPA quickly leaves the body. If you stop exposure, BPA will leave your body in 48 hours. 

Avoiding Phthalates

  1. Avoid artificial fragrances. Botanical extracts, unscented, and “essential oils” are all safe. Products with “no phthalate” labels are mostly honest, so look for those. There are a lot of bathroom products with artificial fragrance so be careful. 
  2. Don’t microwave plastic. Don’t heat it either by doing things like sterilizing plastic baby bottles. Use glass.
  3. Store your food in glass or ceramic.
  4. Drink out of glass, ceramic, or stainless steel cups.
  5. Don’t use plastic silverware.
  6. Hand Wash plastic food containers instead of heating them in the dishwasher. If you don't have time for this, then put plastic in the top rack. 
  7. Limit how much takeout and fast food you eat
  8. Get wooden or natural toys for your kids, especially bath toys.
  9. Some good news: Phthalates quickly leave the body. If you stop exposure, phthalates will leave your body in 48 hours. 

Avoiding PFAS

  1. Toss out scratched non-stick pots and pans. Yes, I know this hurts because they’re expensive, but if they’re scratched then they’re leaking PFAS into your food. 
  2. Buy stainless steel or safe non-stick pots and pans. 
  3. Limit how much takeout and fast food you eat.
  4. Get an air purifier.
  5. Get a water purifier, preferably a reverse osmosis filter. Ask people on Nextdoor if they've had their water tested for PFAS. PFAS can pollute water and it varies a lot by region. 

Avoiding Brominated Flame Retardants

  1. Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter.
  2. Get an air purifier - this one is a good move if you have some money but you don't have the time to vacuum regularly. Plus, it protects you from other pollutants and wildfire smoke. 
  3. Buy furniture made of natural materials like cotton when you can. You don’t need to throw your current furniture out.

Avoiding Pesticides

  1. Buy organic, especially for things like strawberries, spinach, and apples.  

Bit of a pain? Yes, it is. It’s harder to live responsibly than it should be. But if you take the steps in bold you’ll make a big difference. 

You can message us on Facebook if you’d like to ask us follow up questions on how to stay safe. 

Thanks for reading. We wish you good luck and good health.

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