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You may have replaced your plastic water bottles with BPA-free versions, and switched to cans with BPA-free linings, but don't think you're safe just yet. Increasingly, Bisphenol-A is looking like just the tip of a toxic iceberg.

A recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, described in the New York Times, listed a wide range of chemicals that appear to disrupt the body's hormones: the aforementioned Bisphenols, but also Phthalates, PFCs and Perchlorates – all very common chemicals associated with food packaging. 

As fatigue from avoiding an ever-growing list of chemicals and plastic types sets in, more consumers can be expected to begin assuming that all plastics are the enemy – and manufacturers will need to find wholly new solutions if they want to stay ahead. Sourcing and designing new plastic-free packaging will be a major challenge, but as the scientific evidence mounts, it's one that manufacturers will need to face head-on.

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