Post-consumer metals and plastics that are headed for the landfill release toxic chemical in the environment. Plastic release a chemical — bisphenol A, which is toxic enough to modify female mice’s developing brains! This harmful chemical is also found in humans. The study has found that even low doses of bisphenol A make female mice behave more like males!
Long back in 1936, researchers discovered that the bisphenol A acts much like the hormone estrogen. But, nothing much seems to have been found on its negative effects, as a large amount of it is found in contaminated forms in nature.
Products such as polycarbonate plastic now use more than 6 billion pounds of the chemical, as it is manufactured for use in such commercial scale! Scientists estimating it, fears it after-effects as are used widely in resin lining food cans and also dental sealants.
As precautionary measures, San Francisco’s city supervisors have recently banned the chemical from using in various products — especially baby bottles to save the little ones who are more vulnerable.