Do plastics become more dangerous over time?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Michael Schade, PVC Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice explains if plastics become more dangerous overtime.

    Host: Do plastics become more dangerous overtime?

    Michael Schade: Yes, as plastics are used, they still can leach chemicals overtime. We conducted a study a couple of months ago called Baby's Toxic Bottle and we tested baby bottles sold at major retailers across the country. We purchased bottles at Walmart, Target, Toysrus, CVS, Walgreens and other major retailers. Baby bottles manufactured by companies like Playtex and Doctor Browns, even flow in other measure baby bottle companies and what we found is that as baby bottles were not only heated, but as are used overtime, greater levels of Bisphenol A will leach out overtime.

    So as they are cleaned in a dishwasher or whether they are scrubbed, that will actually precipitate greater leaching of this harmful chemical, out of the baby bottle into the milk and into the baby. So as plastics are used, they can continue to leach chemicals overtime and particularly as they are used greater and greater, elevated levels of these chemicals may leach out because they are basically becoming looser within the plastic. To watch the other segments in this video series or for How to videos on almost any other topic, visit monkeysee.