How the Healthiest Lunches are Wrapped with Danger

How the Healthiest Lunches are Wrapped with Danger


Liz Rice, Enviro-Health Speaker, is on a mission to educate children, parents and teachers about the dangers found in the containers and bottles that kids eat and drink from everyday.

TORONTO, ON (August 20, 2012)—According to an article in Chemical and Engineering News, all food packaging, no matter what kind, will leach some material into the food it contains and due to the substantial growth and high metabolism of children who consume more air, food, drinks and water than adults, this also means they absorb more toxins too. With back-to-school shopping on every parent’s mind, Liz Rice, Enviro-Health Speaker and Toronto‘s Eco Resource warns parents to choose wisely when selecting containers, bottles and packaging for their kid’s lunch.

“Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually worldwide,” says Rice. “Some plastics contain a chemical called Bisphenol A or BPA, which, according to The Environmental Working Group is a known hormone disruptor, with the potential for causing ailments like birth defects, infertility and breast cancer; and over 1 million pounds of BPA is released into the environment every year,” Rice adds.

Thankfully, there are many preventative measures that we can take to reduce our exposure to the toxins in plastic. Rice has made it her life’s mission to educate people on the environment and its effects on our health. She does this primarily by making presentations to students in elementary and high schools, as well as adults in the workplace.

Presentation topics include Recycling, The Dangers of Plastics, Green Energy & Conservation, The Benefits of Organic & Local Food, No Scents Makes Sense, and more. Rice is aiming to put the interaction between the environment and people’s health at the forefront of everyone’s mind.  “Concerning children, it’s important that we teach them proper environmental and personal care while they’re young so they will carry those habits into adulthood,” says Rice.

Rice is gearing up for back-to-school to deliver her presentation on: The Dangers of Plastics. Rice demonstrates which containers are safe to eat and drink from and the proper use of plastic containers, bags and wraps—an even bigger concern when microwaving. She also shows how to evaluate the containers parents already have at home and those on their shopping list.

“I advise that parents steer clear of plastic wrap and plastics numbered 3, 6 and 7 when choosing containers.  Stainless steel water bottles are great, but they must only be used for water.  In addition to avoiding specific plastics, I would like to see more people using reusable everything (cups, cutlery, bags).  Lastly, look for minimally packaged products and avoid plastic whenever possible.”

“My goal is to show both the children and their parents, how to protect themselves from the unseen dangers of plastics on their health and the health of the planet.”

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About Liz Rice

Liz Rice, Speaker and Founder of Enviro-Health Presentations (@EHspeakers) is an Eco Resource, long-time environmentalist and organic food advocate.  Liz started the Toronto calendar of eco events in 2009, to encourage others to get passionate about the planet.

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