It seems we have been lead by empty promises, coming from the mouth of those who run the chemical companies. It’s about plastics and the way they use it in almost everything. So how do we know which ones are detrimental to our health and which ones are okay to use?
In 1988, The Society of Plastics Industry created a system to differentiate commonly used plastics.
Here are the 7 common plastics used in various containers.
- PETE or PET (polyethylene terephthalate)
They use this material for storing drinks and should only be used once because it can leach metals into fluids. Too much exposure to these containers can lead to an increased risk of Cancer.
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
This material also poses a high risk of individuals developing Cancer. They use PVC to make toys, food containers and other related things.
- HDPE (high-density polyethylene)
- PS (polystyrene, or Styrofoam)
This material is also notorious for causing Cancer. New York banned all Styrofoam containers in 2015. I think we all should follow suit.
- LDPE (low-density polyethylene
- PP (polypropylene)
Your best option for being safe is to stick with LDPE and HDPE, which is a material used in milk cartons and detergent bottles. The jury is still out on PP material, considering its rumored to still leach BPA materials which are also hazardous. Take care and continue to do your research on Cancer risks and fighting this terrible disease.