It turns out the ocean, with all its healing powers, is also a place where the nasty chemicals in hard plastics break down very rapidly, releasing a myriad of toxins, including BPA. In the past, scientists believed that the decomposition of plastics took hundreds of years and high temperatures. We now know that some plastics break down in the cold, cold sea in about a year, creating a “plastic soup”. This not only puts us in jeopardy, but also places the bounty of sea life, large and small, at risk.
The biggest contributors are sea garbage, (maybe you’ve heard of the plastic islands floating around out seas) and the boats and ships that roam the seas with their hulls painted in BPA-rich epoxy resins.