Science

The science of safer products

Many studies have reported that significant health problems can occur when synthetic chemicals are ingested that mimic or block actions of hormones that occur naturally in the body. Published scientific papers have reported that chemicals that exhibit EA are the most prevalent and are particularly hazardous. While BPA is the most publicized chemical with EA, thousands of others are suspected to exist.

Problems associated with endocrine disruption include higher rates of some cancers, altered reproductive functions, early puberty, obesity, learning disabilities, and behavioral changes. Current attempts to solve the EA problem by removing chemicals one at a time, such as BPA, do not remove or replace the many other chemicals that may also have EA. Plastic-avoidance options are not likely to be effective because many other materials can have EA, such as paper, melamine, wood, silicone, metal coatings, and many more. Furthermore, wholesale replacement of plastics is neither feasible nor advisable because of the many advantages of the material. Plastics are highly customizable, easy to process, lightweight, low cost, with clarity, strength, and recyclability.

Plastics are not bad. They, and their replacement materials, just need to be made consistently safer. Improved material and product safety is what PlastiPure does with its program to design and certify PlastiPure-Safe™ EA-Free materials, manufacturing processes, and products. PlastiPure-Safe™ EA-Free can be used today to make safer consumer products, medical devices, food and drink packaging, cosmetics, and other highly desirable manufactured goods. The following scientific publications show the need for making safer materials and products and the PlastiPure-Safe™ EA-Free solution that goes far beyond BPA-free.

 

Selected publications

Migration of Xenoestrogens from Plastic Food Containers During Cooking,” David Vigren, Örebro University, Sweden, in DiVA, Digitala Vetenskapliga Arkivet

Effect-directed identification of endocrine disruptors in plastic baby teethers,” Elisabeth Berger, Theodoros Potouridis, Astrid Haeger, Wilhelm Püttmann, and Martin Wagner, in Journal of Applied Toxicology

More than Cosmetic Changes: Taking Stock of Personal Care Product Safety,” Rebecca Kessler, in Environmental Health Perspectives

Viewpoint: Why Disclosure Matters,” Naomi Oreskes, Daniel Carlat, Michael E. Mann, Paul D. Thacker, Frederick S. vom Saal, in Environmental Science & Technology

Endocrine Disrupters: A Review of Some Sources, Effects, and Mechanisms of Actions on Behaviour and Neuroendocrine Systems,” C. Frye, E. Bo, G. Calamandrei, L. Calzà, F. Dessì-Fulgheri, M. Fernández, L. Fusani, O. Kah, M. Kajta, Y. Le Page, H. B. Patisaul, A. Venerosi, A. K. Wojtowicz, and G. C. Panzica, in Journal of Neuroendocrinology

 

Featured publications from our scientists

Chemicals having estrogenic activity can be released from some bisphenol a-free, hard and clear, thermoplastic resins in Environmental Health, November 2014.

Estrogenic chemicals often leach from BPA-free plastic products that are replacements for BPA-containing polycarbonate products” in Environmental Health, May 2014.

A robotic BG1Luc reporter assay to detect estrogen receptor agonists” in Toxicology in Vitro, April 2014.

Estrogenic and anti-estrogenic activity of off-the-shelf hair and skin care products” in Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, March 2014.

A robotic MCF-7:WS8 Cell Proliferation Assay to Detect Agonist and Antagonist Estrogenic Activity” in Toxicological Sciences, November 2013.

Most Plastic Products Release Estrogenic Chemicals: A Potential Health Problem That Can Be Solved” in Environmental Health Perspectives, July 2011.

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