Target: Gerber Products Company
Goal: Put an end to the production of baby food in plastic containers
The days of dangerous chemicals being found only in the chemistry lab are gone. Harmful chemicals linked to a plethora of diseases are now in everyday objects. A recent study found chemicals that act like the hormone estrogen, a chemical that when introduced to the body from an outside source may cause different types of cancer, leach out in 77 percent of everyday products, including plastic food containers and plastic baby bottles. This number jumps to 95 percent when these containers are exposed to a change in temperature.
Most of us know we’re risking our health when we eat food out of plastic not marked “BPA-free.” However, this new study found that there is reason to suspect that there are risks in using any plastic, with or without BPA. There is no way (without a proper lab) to know what chemicals are hidden in the pores of plastic containers waiting to find a way into our food and into our bodies.
Tell Gerber to help consumers avoid the ambiguous “which-plastic-do-I-buy” dance by opting for glass containers instead. Not only do babies have no choice in the matter of what they are fed, they are also very susceptible to estrogen-like chemicals building up in their bodies. According to the Natural Progesterone Advisory Network, estrogen is linked to premature sexual development, ovarian cysts, prostate cancer, endometriosis, breast cancer, uterine fibromas, and fibrocystic breast disease. Although estrogen-like chemicals in plastic are considered weak, when they act together they can create a strong response. Demand that Gerber stop introducing estrogen chemicals to babies and start using glass to contain their products instead.
Estrogen-like chemicals have been proven to exist in most plastics, even BPA-free plastics. Stop production of plastic contained baby food and save the next generations of babies from diseases like premature development and cancer.
Instead of using plastic containers that leach harmful chemicals into food, use glass containers that keep freshness and flavor without compromising the health of generations to come. Glass baby food containers are lossless recyclables, meaning a program of recycling used glass containers into new ones would be sustainable over time.
By switching to glass containers now, you could be at the forefront of a movement away from plastic for which future generations will commend you.
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