All of us, especially when it’s hot outside, when going out we fetch the first plastic bottle we can find and fill it with water. However, have you ever wondered how safe are the plastic bottles? After reading this article you will regularly check the labels on the packaging.
People generally use the same plastic bottle for water or juice, repeatedly, not knowing that it can be toxic. However, individual packaging is intended for single use only!
On the bottom of each plastic packaging there’s a triangle with a number in the middle, and below is the code that tells you how dangerous is the plastic you’re holding in your hand. If the bottle is intended for single use, you should not use it more than once.
What Each Label Means
Discard This Bottle After Using It
Most bottles of mineral water, plain water, carbonated and non-carbonated beverages are labeled PET (no. 1 in the triangle). It is important to know that they are intended for single use only. There is a possibility that each new filling of water can discharge the heavy metal antimony, the chemical compound EPA, which interferes with the action of hormones. These bottles can also be carcinogenic.
This Plastic Is Safe
You will recognize it by the tag HDP (or HDPE), LDPE and PP, or the numbers 2, 4 and 5. LDPE is a type of plastic that is, unfortunately, generally not used in making bottles, but only for packaging foods. HDP is a good choice, as is the PP, which is mainly used for cups of yogurt.
Avoid This Plastic
The plastics with the labels PVC (sometimes 3V), PS and PC (often without labels), or by numbers – 3, 6 and 7.
PVC emits two dangerous chemicals, which interfere with the production of hormones in the body. Nevertheless, this plastic is used for the production of bottles.
HP releases a carcinogenic substance – styrene. It’s most commonly used for plastic coffee cups, disposable packaging or fast food.
PC (or no label – no. 7) is the worst plastic for packaging food products because it releases the hazardous chemical BPA. Unfortunately, it is used for packaging baby bottles, bottles for athletes and pots for cooking.