Most personal care or cosmetics rarely use glass. On the other hand, plastic is ubiquitous in the products we use every day, including food, cleaning products, and even newborn care. Most plastic containers are identified by symbols and numbers on the bottom. This blog will help you understand the meaning of these symbols, which ones are safe and which ones are not so safe.
Types of safety in plastic emergencies
1 PETE-Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is commonly used in most bottled water, sodas, edible oils, fruit juices and other foods. This type of plastic is the safest, as long as it is not exposed to high temperatures, such as being left in the sun or being reused. When reused, heated or left in the sun, this type of plastic can leach chemical phthalates. Phthalates are considered harmful to health. As long as they are not exposed to high temperatures, they are safe and easily recycled for use in various products. -PETE recycling: Recycling through most roadside recycling programs. -Recycling: fleece, fibers, handbags, furniture, carpets, paneling, shoulder straps
2 HDPE-High-density polyethylene is used for milk, larger water bottles, detergent bottles, oils, personal care product bottles and toy plastic bags. This type of plastic is generally considered safe. It is recycled for various products. -HDPE Recycling: Recycling through most roadside recycling programs, although some only allow those containers with bottlenecks. -Recycling purposes: washing powder bottles, oil bottles, pens, recycling containers, floor tiles, drain pipes, wood, benches, kennels, picnic tables, fences
3 V or PVC-Vinyl/polyvinyl chloride is used in vegetable oil bottles, Appalachian spring water and some plastic squeeze bottles. Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), a chemical that destroys hormones, may be leached. It is not recyclable
4 LDPE-Low-density polyethylene is used for extrudable pipes and other uses. I don't know that any harmful chemicals will be leached. Not as extensively recycled as . -Recycling of low-density polyethylene: Low-density polyethylene is usually not recycled through roadside programs, but some communities will accept it. Plastic shopping bags can be returned to many stores for recycling. -Recycling: trash can linings and jars, compost bins, shipping envelopes, paneling, wood, landscape strips, floor tiles
5 PP-Polypropylene is used in cooked soup containers, yogurt containers, straws, baby diapers, Rubbermaid containers, some plastic baby bottles, hot liquids, ketchup bottles and other turbid plastic bottles. No. 5 plastic can be recycled through some roadside projects.
6 PS-Polystyrene is used in most opaque plastic tableware, plastic plates, cups, styrofoam and meat packaging. Styrene may be leached, which may cause cancer. Not recyclable.
7 Others-Polycarbonate contains bisphenol A (BPA), which is mainly used in plastic baby bottles, five-gallon water bottles, teething rings, pacifiers, reusable sports bottles, transparent "straw" cups, some transparent plastic tableware and interior The lining of food cans. BPA is related to the growth of human breast cancer cells because it mimics estrogen. Not recyclable.