The Basics About Plastics – Avoid 3 & 7 And More
Consider these tips about plastic use:
- Avoid plastics marked with a “3” or “PVC” and a “7” or “PC”. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, commonly called vinyl and is often mixed with phthalates, a toxic chemical. Containers marked “PC” or “7” contain polycarbonate which should be avoided especially for children’s food and drinks. These plastics are rigid and transparent, like plastic food storage containers and water bottles. Trace amounts of BPA can migrate from these containers, particularly if used for hot food or liquids. Soft or cloudy-colored plastic does not contain BPA. BPA and phthalates are both potent hormone disruptors that are increasingly linked to health effects like brain and behavior changes, cancer and reproductive system damages. So remember, avoid #3/PVC & #7/PC plastics.
- Discard (recycle) any plastic container that is scratched or cloudy because the plastics chemicals can leach into your food and drinks.
- Consider purchasing glass dishes rather than using the plastic refrigerator containers. They are stackable, more durable, clean up more easily and glass is easier to see through than the plastic containers.
- Re-wrap any cheeses or other foods in the really lightweight plastic wrap with your own plastic wrap. The lighter weight plastic is more likely to leach into your foods or better yet, place these foods in glass containers.
- Never heat your food in the microwave using plastic containers or use plastic wrap to cover. Instead, use glass containers and paper towels as a cover. (Also, never stand directly in front of the microwave while in use.)
- Do not reuse single-use water bottles. Instead, use glass or stainless steel water bottles without an epoxy lining.
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