This year the theme for Earth Day is Planet vs. Plastics, and we are encouraged to commit to achieving a 60% reduction in the production of all plastics by 2040. The plastic waste choking our waterways and piling up on land is unsightly and harmful to wildlife.

Plastics are known to be a danger to human health. The chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is considered an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can both decrease or increase endocrine activity in humans and cause adverse health effects. It is found in plastic beverage containers, dinnerware, protective linings of food cans and toys. It is associated with an increased incidence of breast cancer, and is a risk to fetuses and babies.

Phthalates, chemicals the make plastic flexible have been linked to weight gain and insulin resistance, decreased levels of sex hormones, and other disruptions of the human reproductive system both for females and males. These chemicals can migrate into food that has been wrapped in plastic.

Tomorrow is Earth Day 2024. As we celebrate our wonderful Earth, we are challenged to find ways to transition away from plastics – for the sake of the planet, and our better health.