Your Plastic Bottle Is Killing You! Here’s What The Labels Mean
Most of us are buying bottled water on daily basis. We carry plastic bottles of water with us while we travel, go to work and even give bottle of water to the children for kindergarten and school. Sadly, consuming water from plastic bottles damages our health. The triangle with number in the middle at the bottom of each package indicates how dangerous the plastic actually is.
List of the things written on the plastic containers along with their properties:
1. PET or PETE.
These bottles are typically single-use bottles. It’s possible that they emit a heavy metal antimony which interferes with hormonal actions in the body. It can also be carcinogenic.
2. HDP or HDPE.
These one is the “good” plastic. It poses the least threat to human health.
3. PVC or V
PVC also emits toxic chemicals that can impact hormones in the human body.
This plastic is often used to make plastic bags and doesn’t pose a significant health risk.
This type of plastic also doesn’t pose much of a health risk. This is the plastic commonly used to package yogurt and syrup.
PS emits a carcinogen known as Stiren. This type of plastic is commonly used for food packaging and coffee cups.
7. PC or no label
This is the worst one for food products because it contains BPA, an endocrine disruptor. Often used as sports bottles and food containers.
So when looking for the least toxic plastic, look for HDPE and PP. Avoid packaging labeled PETE, PVC, PS and PC.