Plastic manufacturers beware! I’ve been seeing a lot of these “Guides on safe plastics” in the tweeting world…
Here’s one from the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. They place HDPE (#2), LDPE (#4) and PP (#5) as safe plastics, while the rest — PET (#1), PVC (#3), PS (#6), and others including polycarbonate (#7), not safe.
About Physicians for Social Responsibility: “A medical and public health voice working to prevent the use or spread of nuclear weapons and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment”
Here’s a Healthier Food Uses of Plastics advice from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy: “With your food, use #4, #5, #1 and #2. #3 and #6 are not good for you!”
Also their 10 tips for safer, more sustainable food use of plastics:
- Avoid #7, labeled PC.
- Avoid using plastic containers in the microwave.
- Beware of cling wraps, especially for microwave use.
- Use alternatives to plastic packaging whenever possible.
- Avoid plastic bottled water (unless you’re traveling or live in an area where the quality of water is questionable).
- If you do use plastic water bottles, take precautions.
- Use alternatives to polycarbonate plastic baby bottles and “sippy” cups.
- Avoid buying any products made of PVC (#3)
- Choose bio-based plastic.
- Take action.
Finally, from National Geographic’s Green Guide: Plastic Containers 101:
Best Buy are #2 HDPE, #4 LDPE and #5 PP. #1 PET is fine for single use. You can’t recycle PLA plastics but you can compost them. Plastics to Avoid are #3 PVC, #6 PS and #7 PC (because of Bisphenol A).
Here’s a video of Green Guide correspondent Patty Kim on plastics.
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