The Health Benefits of Zero Waste Lifestyle



Plastic is essential in our everyday lives, but what do we really know about its impacts?  Most people are familiar with the negative impacts that single-use plastic has on the environment. Plastic pollutes our air, water and land throughout its lifecycle, from the resource-intensive process used to extract fossil fuels that are then turned into plastic, to the plastic waste that litters our communities and parks, chokes our wildlife, and poisons our oceans. 


However, plastic is not just a nightmare for our wildlife and ecosystems. It also contains toxic chemicals that harm our health. Over a hundred different chemical additives are in the plastic products that we use every day, and we still don’t know the health effects of all of them.   


Two chemicals are most concerning: phthalates and bisphenols.  Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors meaning they interfere with the body’s natural hormonal regulation process and can interfere with reproductive development and cause infertility. Some phthalates have been linked to cancer.  Like phthalates, bisphenols are also endocrine disruptors. 


The best way to reduce your exposure is to avoid plastic. Phasing out plastic or just being mindful of how much plastic you use, especially plastic that meets your food and beverages, and eliminating exposure whenever possible. It will benefit you in the long run and have major benefits for the environment, too.  



At The EcoFairy, our goal is to help you build a more sustainable life by offering you a line of reusable products. We offer products that last and that will help you reduce the amount of plastic you use.    


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