Have you noticed the symbols and numbers on the plastic bottles and containers? And did you know that even though using plastic should be limited, some types of it are safer than others? We will show you the effects of eating food and drinking beverages kept in plastic not only on your health but on the environment too.
Every bottle and container made of plastic has a recycling symbol, usually at the bottom. The symbol is a triangle with a number in it ranging from 1 to 7. These numbers may not mean anything to you, however they are very important because they provide information about the chemicals in the plastic, how bio-degradable it is and how safe is using it.
PET or PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
Bottles that have this symbol on them are single-use .They can emit heavy metals that interfere with hormonal activity in the body and can also cause cancer.
HDP or HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)
This type of plastic is the least dangerous for your health.
V or PVC (Vinyl)
This type of plastic also emits chemicals that interfere with the hormonal activity. One study has concluded that because PVC’ s contain too much chlorine, during the manufacturing process as well as during burning or landfilling of PVC, dioxins are released. The negative effects caused by exposure to dioxins include reproductive and development issues as well as other health problems including cancer.
LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene)
This is also a safe type of plastic and is usually used to make plastic bags.
Another type of plastic that is rather safe which is used to pack syrups and yogurt.
Polystyrene is used for packaging food and for making coffee cups. It emits Stiren, which is a carcinogenic toxin.
PC or no label
This type of plastic is the most dangerous because it contains BPA which disrupts the function of the endocrine system. It is usually used to make food containers of sports bottles.
So, make sure you avoid packaging with the labels PETE, PVC, PS and PC. The ones who are safer are labeled HDPE and PP. However, the best way to protect your health is to completely avoid using plastic, or at least:
-Avoid the containers with symbols 3, 6 and 7. Even though number 1 is considered rather safe, it is advised to avoid using that type.
– The safest types of plastic for both human and animals are those with the numbers 2, 4 and 5.