Guides to safe plastics

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:

  1. Avoid #7, labeled PC.
  2. Avoid using plastic containers in the microwave.
  3. Beware of cling wraps, especially for microwave use.
  4. Use alternatives to plastic packaging whenever possible.
  5. Avoid plastic bottled water (unless you’re traveling or live in an area where the quality of water is questionable).
  6. If you do use plastic water bottles, take precautions.
  7. Use alternatives to polycarbonate plastic baby bottles and “sippy” cups.
  8. Avoid buying any products made of PVC (#3)
  9. Choose bio-based plastic.
  10. 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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