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Saturday, September 13, 2008

PlasticNation.

Did you ever drink from a plastic bottle and see a triangle symbol on the
bottom with a number inside?



Do you know what the number stands for? Did you guess that it's just for
recycling? Then you are WRONG !!!!!! THE NUMBER TELLS YOU THE CHEMICAL MAKE UP
OF THE PLASTIC.....

1) Polyethylene terephalate (PET)

2) High density polyethylene (HDPE)

3) Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) or Plasticised polyvinyl
chloride (PPVC)

4) Low density polyethylene LDPE

5) Polypropylene (PP)

6) Polystyrene (PS) or Expandable polystyrene (EPS)

7) Other, including nylon and acrylic



What you aren't told is that many of the plastics used are toxic and the
chemicals used to make a plastic can leach out of the plastic and into the food
/ drink. Think about it, how many times have you or a friend said 'I don't like
this, it tastes like the plastic bottle ..... ' THAT'S BECAUSE YOU ARE TASTING
THE PLASTIC



The WORST ONES are Nos: 3, 6, and 7 !!!
DO NOT USE THESE NUMBERS if
stated at the bottom of the bottle) !!!


Check out this chart that breaks down the plastic, its uses and chemical
makeup (I find #7 a little scary) http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/waste/guide_ref/guide_plascod3.html






Reusing plastic bottles by refilling them is NOT a good idea. WATCH THIS
VIDEO: http://video.wnbc.com/player/?id=238518


Microwaving plastic containers affects the chemical make up of the
plastic, allowing the chemical substances to destabilize and leach out more
quickly into the food you are reheating. You can check out this article that ran
in the Wall Street Journal: http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Microwave-Health-Problems.htm



EVEN one of my favorite 'RUMOR DEBUNKING' websites, URBANLEGENDS.ABOUT.COM



Lists the information as: overblown with a grain of TRUTH READ the FULL 3
pages of the article! http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl-microwave-dioxin.htm



AVOID re-using plastic bottles RIGHT AWAY !!!

Received this email from Jemmy. Is this true? Any chemical engineers or anyone with any knowledge about plastic bottles confirm this?

6 Comment(s):

Greynovember said...

now this is a very tricky question.
1)tastes like plastic. how do you define how a plastic tastes? IMHO, its most probably is more likely the taste of RO water.

2)reuse plastic bottles a few times, not till they change to yellowish colour. no matter how degradable they are, it takes time to degrade. IF you dont reuse bottles, guna apa? IF you are too scared, go for reputable brands like tupperware.

3)siapa ajar manusia pergi microwave plastic? its like who ask you Mwave ceramic plates with gold lining.
there are some Mwave plastics available like those in the Tupperware range.

its a very subjective matter. macam contoh dont go in the sun so much, you might/will get skin cancer. our grandparents did it and nothing happened to them.

Vincent said...

Thank you Kev for clearing it up. What about those plastic container which they give you when you buy spaghetti? The rectangular transparent one with a lid. I think those are microwave-able.

Greynovember said...

can gua. but normally i dont practice microwaving them.

ambik keluar and put on a ceramic plate to micro.

Vincent said...

Ahhh ic.. Sometimes I just chuck the whole thing in it. Should stop doing it.

tokmoh said...

I normally use ceramic or pyrex to microwave stuffs. That, is 1000% safe.

As for boiled water, I store them inside polycarbonate bottles. But I wouldn't put it straight in, I'd let the water to cool down first.

But my, I seriously thought all the while, those numbers in the middle indicate how many times the plastic used to make the bottle hv been recycled!!

Vincent said...

Yep both ceramic and pyrex is pretty safe. Pyrex is still quite expensive..

I had that in mind too before I got this email.