I use my microwave for EVERYTHING. I don't even have a stove. JUST a microwave. Anyone have any other articles.
I put together a list of plastics and what their used for and which ones are the worst etc. I'm going to cut and paste here, hope it helps.
#1: PETE or PET (Polyethylene terephtalate)
Used in: soda bottleswater bottlesvinegar bottles
Film canistersmedicine containersclear plastic ketchup bottles
Plastic egg cartonsclear mustard bottlesmost clear beverage bottles
Recycled into: fibre fill in coats & sleeping bagsrope
Polyester life jacketsbean bags
Auto body partscar bumpers
Tennis ball feltcombs
Cautions: Safer type of plastic, but recommended against reusing because reuse could cause bacteria build-up and because reuse could cause leaching due to wear & tear.
#2: HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)
Used in:laundry detergent bottlesdish detergent bottles
Fabric softener bottles“cloudy” milk/water jugs
Motor oil bottlesbleach bottles
Vitamin containerssome toys
Shampoo bottlesopaque food containers
Recycled into: drain pipetoyspallets
Cautions: Did not find info on safety of #2
#3: PVC or V (Polyvinyl Chloride)
Used in: pipesshower curtainsvinyl dashboards & car seats
Meat wrapsbaby bottle nipplescling wraps (esp. commercial)
Shrink wrapsome “soft” bottlescooking oil bottles
Coffee containersclear medical tubing
Recycled into: n/a
Cautions: one of the worst types of plastic, banned in some countries,
Known endocrine disruptor, known carcinogen, can leach pthalates,
DO NOT USE TO STORE OR FREEZE BREASTMILK!
#4: LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene)
Used in: wrapping filmgrocery bagssandwich bags
Mustard containerssome “soft” bottlesfood storage bags
Recycled into: n/a
Cautions: one of the worst plastics
#5: PP (Polypropylene)
Used in: food storage containerssyrup bottlesdiapers
Some cups & bowlsyogurt tubsrigid containers
Some baby bottlesoutdoor carpet
Recycled into: most recyclable plastic
Cautions: Safer type of plastic, but don’t microwave.
Has not been found to leach potentially harmful hormone disruptors.
#6: PS (Polystyrene)
Used in: coffee cupsdisposable cutlery & cupsmeat trays
Packing peanutsStyrofoam insulationbakery shells
Foam “clam-shell” containersclear take-out containers
Recycled into: polystyrene beads used in beanbags, etc.video cassettes
Rigid foam instertstrays
Cautions: one of the worst plastics, may leach styrene into the food it contacts,
WHO considers styrene a possible human carcinogen, some styrene compounds
estrogenic and may therefore cause hormone disruption according to
Environmental Health Perspectives.
#7: Usually Polycarbonate, classified as other, can be a combination of other types of plastics
Used in: clear, hard plastic containers made to look like glass
5-gallon water bottlessome baby bottles
some metal can liningsdental sealants
Recycled into: generally cannot be recycled
Cautions: one of the worst plastics, PC can release bisphenol-A into liquids and foods, bisphenol-A is a suspected hormone disruptor, children’s PC cutlery was recalled in Japan due to excessive levels of bisphenol-A
NOTE: These notes were compiled from information from The Green Guide, CHECNet, and Alternative Medicine Magazine.
Mommy to Chacha