Monday, April 14, 2008

Plastic & Reproduction?


I read a VERY interesting article on Caroline Chronicles this morning about toxic plastics (i.e. bottled water) and think everyone should read and research, not to mention avoid purchasing bottled drinks anyway for environmental reasons....

Small Clip from THIS site:

Here's a quick breakdown of plastic resin types:

#1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE)
Product examples: Disposable soft drink and water bottles, cough-syrup bottles

#2 high density polyethylene (HDPE)/
Product examples: Milk jugs, toys, liquid detergent bottles, shampoo bottles

#3 polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC)
Product examples: Meat wrap, cooking oil bottles, plumbing pipes

#4 low density polyethylene (LDPE)
Product examples: Cling wrap, grocery bags, sandwich bags

#5 polypropylene (PP)
Product examples: Syrup bottles, yogurt cups/tubs, diapers

#6 polystyrene (PS)
Product examples: Disposable coffee cups, clam-shell take-out containers

#7 other (misc.; usually polycarbonate, or PC, but also polylactide, or PLA, plastics made from renewable resources)
Product examples: Baby bottles, some reusable water bottles, stain-resistant food-storage containers, medical storage containers

Now that you know what each of the numbers represents, here are the kinds you should look for at the store:

Safer Plastics

#2HDPE, #4LDPE and #5PP

These three types of plastic are the healthiest. They transmit no known chemicals into your food and they're generally recyclable; #2 is very commonly accepted by municipal recycling programs, but you may have a more difficult time finding someone to recycle your #4 and #5 containers.


4 comments:

Caroline said...

I saw that on the today show also. I found this link that describes more about the kinds of plastics.

http://www.thegreenguide.com/products/Kitchen/Plastic_Containers

Scary, I am gonna pay more attention.

Kyle said...

I just looked on the bottom of the plastic cups I drink out of at work and it was a six.

Also, the Today Show is completely liberal and supports the Democratic party that wants to control our every move. Should we really believe this?

Lindsey said...

Scary, scary. I am glad Nikki brought this to our attention!

Caroline's Mom said...

I'm so glad that I am making an impact! I have completely checked out all of my plastics and have now switched from Gerber (plastic #7...yes, I know this is HORRIBLE...Gerber MUST do something) to Earth's Best foods. These organic foods come in glass bottles. Thanks for getting the word out. We have got to stop plastic makers from making these horrible things!

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