October 23, 2008

Plastic....The Truth

Did you ever drink from a plastic bottle and see a triangle symbol on the bottom with a number inside?

Do you know what the number stands for?

Did you guess that it's just for recycling?
Then you are WRONG!!!!!!


THE NUMBER TELLS YOU THE CHEMICAL MAKE UP OF THE PLASTIC .....

1 Polyethylene terephalate (PET)

2 High density polyethylene (HDPE)

3 Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) or Plasticised polyvinyl chloride (PPVC)

4 Low density polyethylene LDPE

5 Polypropylene (PP)

6 Polystyrene (PS) or Expandable polystyrene (EPS)

7 Other, including nylon and acrylic

What you aren't told is that many of the plastics used are toxic and the chemicals used to create a plastic can leach out of the plastic and into the food / drink.

Think about it, how many times have you or a friend said 'I don't like this, it taste like the plastic bottle ..... '

THAT'S BECAUSE YOU ARE TASTING THE PLASTIC

The WORST ONES are #s: 3, 6, and 7

Check out this chart that breaks down the plastic, its uses and chemical makeup

(I find #7 a little scary)

http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/waste/guide_ref/guide_plascod3.html

Reusing plastic bottles by refilling them is NOT a good idea. WATCH THE VIDEO:

http://video.wnbc.com/player/?id=238518

Microwaving plastic containers affects the chemical make up of the plastic, allowing the chemical substances to destabilize and leach out more quickly into the food you are reheating. You can check out this article that ran in the Wall Street Journal:

http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Microwave-Health-Problems.htm

EVEN one of my favorite 'RUMOR DEBUNKING' websites, URBANLEGENDS.ABOUT.COM

Lists the information as: overblown with a grain of TRUTH

READ the FULL 3 pages of the article!

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl-microwave-dioxin.htm

Try to avoid re-using plastic bottles.

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