Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Plastic Coding

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

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Do you know what the number stands for?

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 aka Saran wrap / Cling wrap


5 -Polypropylene (PP)


6 -Polystyrene (PS) or Expandable polystyrene (EPS) aka Styrofoam


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



No wonder there's a lot of people crossing the streets doesn't fear being knock down.They're made of plastic-recyclable. *ROFLMAO
xOxo,
Eve


3 comments:

T-MO-T said...

so de gen-geh-les ler....
but wad to do...use wad...

i think we all must buy the alluminium bottle liaw...

cost a bomb but....no more codings on it kua....

sharon (^.^) said...

thanks for the info my highness :)

Joe Xavier said...

nice... you did the research. save my time... lol...