Monday, 24 October 2016

Know about the plastics you use, especially for kids

Types of plastics for safe use
Plastics, it’s everywhere in today’s World. We use plastic bottles, utensils, and lunch boxes in our day to day use. The plastic bottles are common among children to carry water. As it’s useful in many ways, it has side effects if we don’t use the right kind of plastics for carrying consumable items. It is must to know about the type of plastics and the number code mentioned in plastic bottles. I would suggest to avoid plastic container to carry foods or drinks for children, if it’s unavoidable use the approved one to carry the eatables.

There are seven categories of plastic bottles, PETE(1), HDPE(2), PVC(3),LDPE(4), PP(5), PS(6), This classification is based on its usage and impact. 

PETE (1): This is known as Polyethylene Terephtalate . This type of plastic bottle looks thin and clear and has #1 at the bottom. Studies have found that PETE (1) plastic is safe for one time usage, best suitable for disposable water bottles. As a safety measure, these bottles should not be heated, it contains porous surface which allows flavour of the drink and bacteria to get accumulated, so it is best advised not to reuse these types of bottles. 

HDPE (2): HDPE is known as High Density Polyethylene. This type of plastic looks thick and opaque. The bottles made up of using this plastic will have #2 at the bottom. These types of bottles are safe when they are reused one time, juice bottles, shampoo and milk jugs use these types of plastic bottles.

PVC (3): PVC is known as Polyvinyl Chloride. This type of plastic looks rigid or flexible, PVC bottles has #3 at the bottom. Food wraps, cooking oil uses these types of plastic bottles. This type of plastics is not safe to use as it contains phthalates which is used as a softening agent. This type of plastic should not be recycled; continuous usage may affect the hormone development in human.

LDPE(4): LDPE is known as Low Density Polyethylene. It looks soft and flexible, mainly used in making bread bags, grocery bags, and food wraps. This type of plastic is considered to be safe for usage.

PP(5): PP is known as Polypropylene. It looks hard but flexible. Yogurt containers, drinking straw, syrup bottles are made using this type of plastics. These plastics are very safe and can be recycled when needed.

PS(6): PS is known as Polystyrene Styrofoam. It looks rigid and solid. Disposable cups and plates are made using this type of plastics. It’s been found that this type of plastic gives potentially toxic chemicals when it is heated, so it is advisable not to use this type of plastics.

Others(7): This means rest of all plastics which includes Polycarbonate, a  harmful Synthetic Estrogen made from BPA. Plastic items such as computer case, five gallon water bottles are made using this type of plastics. The usage of this type of plastics is at our own risk since no one knows the side effect yet. Things made of BPA plastic need to be disposed since it is very harmful.

The Plastics #2, #4 and #5 are considered to be safe. But we need to be careful while using them particularly when heating it and using in microwaves. It is better to avoid using plastics and use glass bottles or any silver container especially for kids. It is the responsibility of the Parents to choose right containers to ensure the safety of their children.
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32 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Very interesting and important information - thanks! Valerie

Debbie said...

so many interesting things!! i thought plastic was plastic, i must say i never really payed much attention to the details!!

JoJo said...

I reheat on a plate or bowl, if I'm using the microwave unless it's a frozen meal that has it's own tray. But in the time it takes to nuke food, which always comes out nuclear hot on the edges and ice cold in the middle, I could do it in a pot on the stove and have it heat evenly!

Beauty Unearthly said...

Really interesting post...thx for sharing! xx

Lowcarb team member said...

A most interesting read - thank you.

All the best Jan

Theresa Mahoney said...

We try to use glass whenever possible, and never heat our food in plastic containers or use plastic utensils when cooking. I don't want the harmful chemicals seeping into our consumables.

Rose World said...

Thanks for the sharing. We could not go without plastics in our daily life. It is good to know what is good and what is not.

Nancy Chan said...

Interesting post and very important information too. We too have been cautioned not to place plastic with drinking water in the car under the hot sun. The heat will cause the chemical to get into the water and it is toxic to health.

baili said...

thank you for such informative post .
i wonder we think and avoid the Others

Christine said...

Thanks for this great info!

bj said...

thanks for these tips...what about the plastic used in containers we buy to store food in? We warm food up in them so now I am wondering if this is safe

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Good article. The plastics industry is a huge one and we all own things made with it. It's good to know the facts about what is or isn't safe for food items.

Olga Hebert said...

Very excellent information. Thanks so much.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, thank for sharing this info. It is nice to know which plastics are safe, especially in the microwave.

Enjoy your day!

Lady Fi said...

Plastics - especially in the oceans - can do so much damage.

Denise inVA said...

Very informative post. I have read other articles over the years on plastic and the health issues, not to mention how they don't break down and are a problem when disposed off. I won't buy any plastic bottles any more and avoid it in other areas too.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

All great - and very important - points!

Robert Bennett said...

Wow. I had no idea that they separated plastics into these categories. Cool info. Thank you!

Buckeroomama said...

Thanks for pulling this together --very helpful and useful information!

TexWisGirl said...

i try not to use too much plastics - especially in the microwave.

Pam said...

This is exactly why I like glass. Good post! Everyone should read this!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I also, like Theresa, try not to use plastics in the microwave, but I do use them for food storage. Interesting post!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Very interesting...I only use plastic water bottles from the store and then they're off to the recycle bin. All the rest is ceramic or stainless steel. I may use Styrofoam plates for a quick dessert so I won't have to dirty the ceramic saucers...but they're used once and recycled.

sheila 77 said...

Yes, we use glass for carrying water although it is heavier. Thanks for all this information on plastics, most interesting.

Ela said...

Thank you for the very interesting information !!
Greetings

Mo said...

Very interesting article

Debby said...

Good information. I only knew about the PVC and the ones that water bottles had, but no longer do.

The Spooky Whisk said...

I dislike plastic and have gotten rid of much of it in our home. Hate the stuff.

Hate it!

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Optimistic Existentialist said...

Very educational post. I have become anti-plastic in the past few years as I have become more environmentally conscious.

Lux G. said...

Oh, this is valuable information. We need to be aware as plastics are part of our every day life.

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