Apologies to your favorite delivery joint, however, you should never eat a meal from the black plastic food containers again—as a result of, as researchers recently revealed, black plastic can include all kinds of dangerous chemicals.
Last year, researchers at the University of Plymouth revealed research in Environment International reporting on the toxic material’s life cycle—the first time that a lot of the public had ever heard about the risks of black plastic. The issue stems from the technology utilized in recycling centers. These systems have hassle seeing and sorting black plastics out from other plastics, which implies a majority of black plastic that arrives at recycling centers goes into the trash instead of being turned into new products. “Most individuals assume black plastics get recycled like other plastics. However, in reality, black materials aren’t picked up at recycling centers by the conventional infrared technology,” University of Plymouth’s Dr. Andrew Turner advised me at the time. “Because we don’t recycle black plastic in general, we seem to be turning to black e-waste as a supply for black consumer products.”
The issue with reusing that plastic is that it’s often filled with lead and flame-retardant chemicals like bromine—the kind of stuff that’s never meant to go in your skin or in your mouth. Ultimately, the plastic utilized in old electronics ends up mixed with old food-grade plastic. Immediately, there are toxic additives that exceed legal limits in our jewelry, coffee stirrers, Christmas decor, and backyard hoses. Ongoing bromine exposure can provide you systematic poisoning to the mind and kidneys. Lead can permanently hinder bodily and mental improvement.