There’s no question that our polluted world exposes you and your family to all sorts of toxins that can damage your body, as this terrific National Geographic piece I posted last year described in excruciating detail.
Plastic, for example, can contain bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogenic compound that, among many other dangers, increases your unborn female baby’s future risk of adult breast cancer. If you use baby bottles, you will most certainly want to consider using glass bottles in place of plastic ones for similar reasons.
The Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) present in many forms of food packaging, and the phthalates present in many products, including plastic bags, are also hazardous to your health. The dangers they present are the inevitable result of flooding our environment and your body with synthetic chemicals with unknown effects.
One of the other major reasons I like to avoid using plastic bags is that some of them can eventually find their way into waterways or the ocean where they wreak havoc on fish and other marine wildlife.
There’s nothing better for your health than to make simple lifestyle changes, and using cloth bags instead of plastic bags is among the easiest.