Breast cancer is something that has directly affected my family on more than one occasion.
In fact, it attacked two of my Mom's sisters at the exact same time.
How dare it.
Since it has directly affected my two aunts, and the rest of us within the family for that matter, I've had a special place in my heart to shed light on the subject, and help others take steps to prevent it.
In honor of creating awareness, I wanted to chat with you guys about the types of plastics we are exposed to and use on a daily basis. Breast Cancer - plastics, huh? Just keep reading.
Who would have thought something so simple may affect our health and breast cancer risk.
When you're using a plastic product there is always a little recycle symbol with a number in the middle, like so:
Here's the deal on those little symbols, the numbers actually mean something.
And what those numbers mean could directly affect your health.
Use plastics with the recycling code 1, 2, 4, or 5
And avoid those with the number 3, 6, or 7
Why? Because those bearing a 3, 6, or 7 use BPA - which is a harsh industrial chemical used in plastics that seeps from the plastic into the food and/or beverage you are consuming.
You know that hard, reusable, plastic water bottle you refill everyday and carry around?
It probably has a number 7 on it - meaning it contains BPA.
You know what number Starbucks' plastic coffee lids have?
A number 7.
The tupperware you store your leftovers in?
Probably a number 7.
As a general rule of thumb - the harder the plastic, the more likely it has a number 3, 6, or 7.
It may take some adjustments to not use those products - like drinking your Starbucks without a lid, or buying a new water bottle and/or tupperware.
But those adjustments could be the difference between healthy and not-healthy.
Moral of the story - check out that little, hard-to-see, plastic recycling code on the products you're using. There's a reason they make that symbol blend in almost flawlessly with plastic.