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Knowing which toxic lunchboxes to avoid helps prevent heavy metal and chemical illnesses in adults and kids. When food comes in contact with lunch box toxicity, these toxins can be literally passed onto the food that we eat. Food safety should include lunch box safety. Once you know what the lunch box dangers are, you can make better choices on which toxic lunch boxes to avoid. Below are a list of known poisons that should be avoided when selecting safe lunchboxes.

Phthalates

Purpose
Phthalates are used in plastic manufacture as a softening agent to make it flexible and more durable. Phthalates are also often used as a fragrance carrier in personal care products such as lotions and shampoos.

Dangers
Can disturb normal hormonal processes. Has been linked to altered levels of reproductive hormones in baby boys.

Lead

Purpose
Lead is often used as a stabilizer in PVC and vinyl products and for pigmentation purposes in paint, rubber, plastics, and ceramics. The lead in the material can literally be wiped off onto food and onto children’s hands.

Dangers
Affects brain development, causing learning and developmental problems, nausea, fatigue, headache, coma.

Example of known Lunch Box High in Lead
Vinyl Lunch box High In Lead Example

Cadmium

Purpose
Cadmium is used as a stabilizer in PVC/vinyl products and in coatings and also provides a stable red pigment used in plastics and paint.

Dangers
Cadmium is a known carcinogen. It is also associated with developmental deficiencies, including hormonal effects, altered behavior and delayed sensory-motor development. It can cause nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, kidney damage, fragile bones and death.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

PVC is a type of plastic that often contains chlorine and sometimes phthalates and lead so for these reasons, it is might not be considered a good material to be in contact with food. HOWEVER, the main danger with PVC is when it is burned or recycled because it THEN can emit chlorine and dioxin. So, to be fair to the industry, we would rather not rule out this material completely. (Most store “clamshell” packaging for food and other retail products is PVC!)

BPA (Bisphenol-A)

Purpose
BPA is a chemical compound that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic.

Dangers
The newest information on BPA is that it is only a danger (released) when exposed to boiling water. So even plastics made with this compound could actually be safe for normal use. The reason that it has such a bad name is because people tend to follow the “it’s better to be safe than sorry” mentality. There is little evidence that this compound is released into food without the introduction of extreme heat.

Melamine

Purpose
Melamine is a chemical compound of a very durable form of plastic used in formica and melamine resin. This resin is what is used in many kitchen items.

Dangers
Recently, we heard about pet food and baby formula that had powedered melamine which caused kidney failure. So we all over-reacted about toxic melamine. Of course, we should not eat melamine. But when used as a non-food item, such as plastic containers, it does appear to be safe and inert. The warning is that you should not COOK or MICROWAVE your food in melamine containers because it is the heating process that will unleash the toxic

Chlorine

Purpose
Chlorine is required in the manufacture of PVC and is released when PVC is heated or burned.

Dangers
Lung damage, asthma, cancer

Dioxin

Purpose
Dioxin is a byproduct of the incineration and the manufacture of PVC. So in this regard, emissions of dioxin is not a toxicity concern in regard to lunch boxes, unless you are cooking your lunch box!

Dangers
liver damage, lung damage, nerve damage, cancer, birth defects, miscarriage.