Health Risks

http://bestinpackaging.com/2015/08/17/health-risks-in-pizza-boxes/

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2008/06June/Pages/Pizzaboxesunderscrutiny.aspx

http://www.today.com/health/chemicals-pizza-boxes-may-be-health-risk-scientists-say-t18941

Links to pizza box packaging health risks and below is some of the information from the articles.

I need to not only consider the environmental issues that pizza boxes and other kinds of waste can have an effect on but all the health risks when choosing a material for the box to be made out of.

  1. PFASs (Poly- and perFluoroalkyl Acids), known also as PFCs (Perfluorinated Compounds) allow objects to resist moisture and high temperatures and were introduced to replace a chemical used in the production of Teflon, after health concerns came to light. This hazardous chemical, known as C8 or PFOA, is produced by chemical company DuPont. Today, PFCs are found in pizza boxes and a wide range of other food containers.
  2. DIBP is part of the phthalate group of chemicals, which according to the Food Standards Agency “may have a harmful affect on human reproductive development because they have been reported to be endocrine (hormone) disrupters.”
  3. “Research is needed to find safe alternatives for all current uses of PFASs,” explain Linda Birnbaum from the US Department of Health and Human Services and Phillippe Grandjean from the University of Southern Denmark and the Harvard School of Public Health.
    “The question is: Should these chemicals continue to be used in consumer products in the meantime, given their persistence in the environment?”
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