Toxic PVC May be Lurking in These 10 Everyday Household Items

Watch out! Your everyday household items may contain the "Plastic Poison" of today, called Polyvinyl Chloride (or PVC). PVC outgasses over 100 toxic chemicals into the air throughout the life of the product in which its contained. It's often labeled as "vinyl" on packaging.

So where might these toxins be lurking? Here are 10 surprising places that you might find them in your home:

1) Plastic grocery bags

Note: organic hemp grocery bags are 100% biodegradable, 100% natural, and plastic-free! Try these:
Stonebridge Organic Hemp Burlap Shopping Bag

2) Bottle caps

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Three-ring binders

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Medical gloves

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Garden hose 

Ouch! This is a tough one, as water comes through the hose and goes directly on the vegetable and fruits in the garden. On a sunny day, the off gassing is even worse. Try to look for a more eco-friendly alternative material that doesn't offgas as much. And always use cold water to water the garden and try not to water in full sun. These two actions will significantly reduce your exposure to PVC compounds that will go on your food supply.
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Inflatable pools

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Telephone cables

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9) Thermal blankets

Note: Hemp and linen are naturally insulating due to the hollow cores of the hemp fiber! They are also 100% natural and biodegradable and plastic-free. Try these:

Provence Organic Hemp-Linen Knit Blanket

Children's toys

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While these may seem like essential items for any traditional home, it's important to remember that non-plastic and organic versions of all of these items make perfectly good substitutions. To start, buy a couple organic hemp reusable grocery bags or organic linen totes or organic cotton shopping bags and keep them in the car. Next, say no to bottled water! Carry a BPA-free bottle around with you instead (check that the lid, if made of plastic, is also BPA-free). You'll save money in the long run, and avoid exposure to toxic chemicals released into your food and beverages.

These are two easy, inexpensive changes you can make to reduce your exposure to toxins in PVC and other plastic materials. Plus, you'll be contributing to a plastic-free environment and reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in our waterways and oceans. It's a win-win. Keep making these small adjustments for plastic products in your home, and someday soon you'll be living in a completely chemical-free environment.

It's clear that we are all in this together. After all, we share the same air, water, and soil. Stories of plastic islands and plastic bits in drinking water have us concerned, and we must all do something about it.

Do you have tricks and secrets you use to help avoid toxins like PVC and plastic compounds in your life?

If so, please share! 

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