Usage of plastic items could pose health risks for some

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Americans use 100 billion plastic bags every year, 1 million plastic cups on flights every six hours and 2 million plastic water bottles every five minutes.

The question remains: is the usage of those items harming people’s health?

Two women are so convinced that America’s obsession with plastic is hurting the environment that they made a documentary.

The film, which is called “Bag It”, highlights the dangers of chemicals used in plastic products.

Some, like BPA, are linked to cancer, obesity, low sperm counts, asthma, ADHD and more.

The women recommend not using or limiting the use of things such as plastic bottles, plastic bags, canned foods, soda, juice and beer.

They advise using glass when possible and encourage people not to heat plastic.

Lastly, the women say to look for items that are phthalate free when looking for beauty products.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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