How plastic pollution affects your menopause
If you’ve listened to any news recently you can’t have missed the big plastic pollution problem facing our planet at the moment. Miles and miles of plastic in various forms are littering the oceans and causing death and destruction to sea life. That is to say nothing of the quantities of plastic in landfill which will not break down in our life times.
Plastic is also bad news for hormone balance and consequently the menopause. Toxins, both in the plastic and the manufacture of it are a major contributor to oestrogen dominance which you can read more about in one of our previous blogs – 10 signs of oestrogen dominance and what you can do about it
So, eliminating plastic, where possible from your life and that of your family can only be a good thing, for your health and the environment. We have long been champions of natural products which avoid toxins. Of course, plastic is everywhere so getting rid of it entirely will be a challenge. But, even halving you’re your plastic use will make a huge contribution. We aim to reduce our own use of plastic at home as far as we possibly can and it would be great if you could do the same.
Here are 8 ways you can be not so plastic fantastic
- Become aware of the amount of plastic you use in your household. Do you really need to use cling film and plastic bags when you could store leftovers in a lidded container for example? Simply by raising awareness of the plastic you get through will help you to reduce it.
- Check out the packaging when you go shopping. Choose retailers who pledge to reduce plastic use. When other retailers see the effect on sales they will follow suit. Shops like your local greengrocer will have unpackaged produce. It’s great for the local economy too.
- Invest in a set of durable shopping bags. That way you will always have a bag handy and won’t need to buy carrier bags which will eventually end up clogging up the ocean floor for hundreds of years.
- Many household cleaners come in plastic containers. Both container and contents are highly toxic. Try natural alternatives, or you could make your own using lemon juice, vinegar, bicarbonate of soda etc. Check out these suggestions for natural cleaning and a few recipes from Wellness Mama
- Ditch the plastic water bottles. A BPA free, biodegradeable water bottle will be far less toxic for you and your environment. Even better use glass.
- The same goes for disposable coffee and tea cups. Some coffee shops will reward you if you provide your own cup. There is a lidded coffee/tea cup to suit all tastes, and they keep your drink warmer for longer too.
- Straws – do you really need one? If you can’t drink your cocktail or soft drink without one, switch to paper or stainless steel.
- Bamboo toothbrushes have natural bristles and are biodegradeable. Try these from Amazon
There are lots of ways you can reduce your plastic usage. Feel free to share your suggestions either as a comment here or on our Facebook page