We certainly do have many different beverage choices when it comes to grabbing something on the go. Many people, however, make the decision to purchase bottled water. They feel as if it is a better choice, because it is a hydrating drink and does not contain all the sugar that is found in many other beverages. That doesn’t mean, however, that it is always the right choice to make.
When most of us purchase bottled water, we don’t give much thought to the type of plastic that is being used when making them. Most of us may have absolutely no idea what to look for when we do purchase them! Fortunately, every bottle comes with symbols that help you to avoid certain chemicals that could be bad for your health.
The symbols and their descriptions are listed below:
This is what they mean:
PET/PETE – PET is a common type of plastic use for consumer products, including packaging and drink bottles. Because of the possibility for bacterial growth, it is only to be used one time. They may release heavy metals and chemicals that could lead to hormone imbalances. It is difficult to decontaminate these plastics.
HDP/HDPE – This type of plastic tends to be stiffer and is commonly used in detergent bottles, milk jugs and some toys. Very few chemicals are released with this type of plastic so if you can get a water bottle made out of HDP/HDPE, it is the best choice.
PVC/3V – This flexible plastic is commonly used in pet toys, food wrappings, teething rings and cooking oil bottles. There are two toxic chemicals released by this type of plastic that can lead to hormonal imbalances. Don’t use it if you can avoid it.
LDPE – chemicals are released from this plastic into the water but is not typically used for water bottles. In most cases, it is used for packaging food and it does leak chemicals into the food. Avoided if possible.
PP – This semi transparent plastic is frequently used for syrups and yogurt packaging. It is lightweight and tough, so it it is possible to heat it without destroying it.
PS – This lightweight, cheap plastic is used in numerous ways. Styrofoam drinking cups, take-out containers, plastic utensils and egg cartons are typically made out of polystyrene. It should not be heated, because it could release carcinogenic substances. It is disposable and not to be reused.
PC/Unlabeled – Consider this to be the most dangerous category of plastics. They may leach many chemicals into both beverages and food and should be avoided.
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