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hello everyone, I have been reading on here that people want to get ride of their plastic cups etc. I have asked on this forum a few times on what the reasons were for getting ride of your plastic, but unfortunately didn’t get any replies… so I checked on the internet and found that there have been stories on cancer causing chem. leaching in your food or water. i also found this website below that says that this claim is a myth that started years ago on the internet and it has back up from a cancer research center....can you check out this link and let me know what you think and let me know what the reason is on why you would want to get ride of your plastic. I am just trying to educate my self as i am new at organic and natural living...thanks so much for your responses. Have a great day! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><a href="http://www.plasticsmythbuster.org/reusing.asp" target="_blank">http://www.plasticsmythbuster.org/reusing.asp</a>
 

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We still do plastics here, but I think if you go to Kleen Kanteen's website they have links on the health concerns with plastics. Particulary when heated up, like water bottles in the sun or contaniers in the microwave...hope this helps!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">hello everyone, I have been reading on here that people want to get ride of their plastic cups etc. I have asked on this forum a few times on what the reasons were for getting ride of your plastic, but unfortunately didn’t get any replies… so I checked on the internet and found that there have been stories on cancer causing chem. leaching in your food or water. i also found this website below that says that this claim is a myth that started years ago on the internet and it has back up from a cancer research center....can you check out this link and let me know what you think and let me know what the reason is on why you would want to get ride of your plastic. I am just trying to educate my self as i am new at organic and natural living...thanks so much for your responses. Have a great day! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><a href="http://www.plasticsmythbuster.org/reusing.asp" target="_blank">http://www.plasticsmythbuster.org/reusing.asp</a></div>
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Ok so I haven't read the link but here is another link that tells about the different types of plastics....Some are not good at all and others are said to be ok because they haven't found anything yet. The operative word being YET....I'm cutting it all out of my house, at least the best I can...I hope this helps you....<br><br><a href="http://www.agobservatory.org/library.cfm?refid=77083" target="_blank">http://www.agobservatory.org/library.cfm?refid=77083</a>
 

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Hi gottathink......<br><br>
I read the book <b>"Our Stolen Future,"</b> which you may want to check out. It is an intensely disturbing book that steers the conversation far beyond 'just' cancer---into the realm of reasearch into what plastics are already doing to animals, birds, fish populations....humans next.....<br>
the concerns are not just for cancer after primary exposure, but for the reproductive, hormonal, endocrine systems <i><b>generations</b></i> on down from the first exposed. It was some time ago that I read the book, so I would get details of the research and findings wrong if I tried to repeat them, but it was an ENORMOUSLY important book in opening my eyes to what I do not want to be doing to my children, and their children, etc.<br><br>
"in every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations" from The Great Law of The Iroquois Confederacy<br>
(taken off the seventh generation dish detergent!)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">hello everyone, I have been reading on here that people want to get ride of their plastic cups etc. I have asked on this forum a few times on what the reasons were for getting ride of your plastic, but unfortunately didn’t get any replies… so I checked on the internet and found that there have been stories on cancer causing chem. leaching in your food or water. i also found this website below that says that this claim is a myth that started years ago on the internet and it has back up from a cancer research center....can you check out this link and let me know what you think and let me know what the reason is on why you would want to get ride of your plastic. I am just trying to educate my self as i am new at organic and natural living...thanks so much for your responses. Have a great day! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><a href="http://www.plasticsmythbuster.org/reusing.asp" target="_blank">http://www.plasticsmythbuster.org/reusing.asp</a></div>
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This mythbuster article also only applies to the PET plastic water bottles (#1 recyclable)... a number of years ago, as pointed out in the article, there was an email circulating that indicated those bottles cause cancer. That HAS been busted. However, all plastics are not created equal! #1, #2, #4, and #5 are the not-so-bad plastics... #3, #6 and #7 are considered worse and #7 (think Nalgene bottles) have been linked to some cancers.
 

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just wanted to point out that the link in the original post is to a website of the plastics division of the american chemitry council (look at the very bottom of the page). <b>The Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents leading manufacturers of plastic resins.</b> (their description, not mine).<br>
so, that site apparently is not very objective.
 

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The sidebar on <a href="http://leerypolyp.blogs.com/the_leery_polyp/" target="_blank">this blog</a> has lots of links to information on plastics. There was also a <a href="http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20D12FE34550C748EDDAC0894DF404482" target="_blank">great story in th NYT magazine</a> May 27, but now you have to pay to read it online.
 

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Also, plastic is petroleum based, and oil is a non-renewable resource.
 

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Exactly.<br><br>
Not to mention, according to an article I just read (and posted about yesterday in my blog) plastic is NOT as easy to recycle and we think. It never breaks down.
 

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On top of the health concerns, the concerns for our planet are very real. <a href="http://www.bestlifeonline.com/cms/publish/health-fitness/Our_oceans_are_turning_into_plastic_are_we_2.shtml" target="_blank">This</a> article was enough for me. Very eye-opening.
 

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On top of all that, I just find wood, glass, steel and other more natural alternatives to be much more estheticaly apealing.
 

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Can I ask something? If plastic is dangerous - like those Nalgene bottles - what do I send my children to soccer practice and school with that is a safe alternative???
 

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Check out <a href="http://www.kleankanteen.com/" target="_blank">http://www.kleankanteen.com/</a> for alternatives to plastic bottles for your kids. Not only are they safer, but the water tastes better from them, even if they have gotten warm from sitting out on the soccer field sidelines.
 

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<a href="http://www.reusablebags.com" target="_blank">http://www.reusablebags.com</a><br><br>
check out this site for SIGG bottles, too. they also are great. the site contains fabulous info about plastic bags, a 'counter' that is currently tally-ing how many plastic bags we are using per second (VERY upsetting) and gives all kinds of info and alternative ideas.
 

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Thanks! I have looked into both and did you know that Kleen Kanteen are made in China? I am waiting for a reply from SIGG to see where they are made. Due to recent recalls, I am really trying to avoid buying products made in China - but it is hard to do! It seems EVERYTHING is made in China! I guess you have to weigh all the pros and cons of every purchase, right?
 

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I will be needing to get some type of cups for the babies soon. Any suggestions for 7 month old twins that will soon be drinking from a cup.<br>
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Appart from being concerned about chemicals leaching into our food and water. I'm concerned about the chemicls used to make the plastic and what happens when I'm done with the plastic. It's impossible to not use any plastic, but I'm trying to eliminate as much from our life as possible, more of a lessening my foot print kind of thing. Even now as I look around the house we still have tons of toys that are plastic (although we do not buy any, but will pick them up at the swap hut at the transfer station), but we are trying to change.<br>
Now we just try to choose things that are made of natural fibers.
 

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I have a relative that manages a water company and he says that we should never buy bottled water on sale as that is when the plastics in the water bottles start breaking down and leaching into the water. I have absolutely no hard data to back this up, but take his word for it.
 

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I assume you mean non-plastic cups, since you posted here. I think I saw some SS cups at EMS the other day, camping style mugs. Didn't really get a good look, but it might be a place to start.
 
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