Know about the Plastic Containers that we use!!!

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Imagine you've just finished eating a delicious, healthy and eco-friendly meal made from free range, organic, and hormone-free foods...now what do you do with the leftovers? You put them in a plastic storage container and stick them in your fridge, right? Well there are some things you might want to know about those plastic containers before you put your tasty treat in that Tupperware. Plastic food containers are associated with health issues and environmental concerns.


Plastics are categorized into 7 different groups by the chemicals used to produce them. The seven types of plastic are:


 

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Plastics to Avoid




Number 3


Completely avoid bottles and packs that have the 3 as the recycling number. These containers have vinyl or PVC . Such plastics release high toxic substances into the food and drink. These are commonly found in food packaging and cooking oil bottles. You are at high risk especially when you heat these containers – such as in microwave, and dishwasher.


Number 6


Number 6 plastics are found in cartons, disposable cups, trays and containers. You may be sipping or eating poison since they release toxic substances into the food or drink. Never heat such plastic containers for your safe health.


Number 7


Even though plastics containing this number are considered safe, there is no study to prove that no level of exposure to BPA is truly safe. Baby bottles, water bottles and food containers often have this number. You must worry especially if the bottles are rigid since they consist hard polycarbonate variety. Research studies show that presence of polycarbonate in human body can cause hormonal disruptions. It is no wonder why we come across behavioral and early onset of puberty in children!


So which numbers are safe for human use?




Number 1
You can notice this number on soft drink bottles, water bottles, food trays, vegetable and food containers. These plastics contain PET or PETE substance, which is a low risk for the release of toxic substances.


Number 2:
Number 2 plastics have HDPE (High density polyethylene) which is again safe for human use as it carries lower risk of draining of toxic substances into food or drink. You can find them on cleaner bottles, trash cans, shopping bags, milk jugs, juice bottles and yogurt tubs. Such plastics are easily recycled into other goods.


Number 5



Number 5 group of plastics contain PP (polypropylene) that are easily recycle and have high melting point. These are often used in containers such as medicine, syrup bottles, straws and yogurt containers.


So, do keep an eye on the recycling symbol on the plastic container before you use or purchase a plastic container. Make your life BPA-free by switching to high-grade stainless steel, wood, glass and ceramic containers.
 
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Bad news is Tupperware Items Made From #7 Plastic also:

Most Tupperware containers are made from #4 or #5 plastics. However, some of their products are made from polycarbonate, #7, which has been shown to leak the harmful, hormone-disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) into food items after repeated use.


Bisphenol A (BPA).

So what is BPA really, and how harmful is it? Bisphenol A is a key industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate, which is a hard, clear plastic. Studies made by governments in the US, Europe and Japan, as well as studies conducted by academic researchers and by industry, show that under typical use conditions, the migration of BPA into food is extremely low. The more I read about this topic the more sources I find that tell me there’s no reason to worry about migration of harmful amounts of BPA into food when using #7 plastic food containers.


There is more reason to worry about some of those other categories, like #1, #6 and #3.


#3 PVC plastics. PVC can leak cancer-causing dioxins, which is one of the most toxic environmental pollutant there is. PVC is found in a wide range of consumer products, such as packaging, credit cards, bottles and imitation leather, as well as in construction material, such as window frames, cables, pipes, window blinds, wallpaper and flooring.


#6 plastics (polystyrene, also known as styrofoam). Containers made of polystyrene can also be dangerous, as its base component, styrene, has been associated with skin, eye and respiratory irritation, depression, fatigue, compromised kidney function, and central nervous system damage. Take-out restaurant orders often come in polystyrene containers, which also should be emptied into safer containers once you get them home.


So, do keep an eye on the recycling symbol on the plastic container before you use or purchase a plastic container. Make your life BPA-free by switching to high-grade stainless steel, wood, glass and ceramic containers.
 
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Dear Deepa, the plastic container is being used in various domestic applications without knowing about their safe to use for food article storing characteristics. your post is an eye opener and has given very important and useful information about the safety of these plastics. thank you very much Deepa
 

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Dear Deepa, the plastic container is being used in various domestic applications without knowing about their safe to use for food article storing characteristics. your post is an eye opener and has given very important and useful information about the safety of these plastics. thank you very much Deepa

Welcome Sumi sis and thanks for your lovely comments:)
 

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Dear Deepa , thanks for sharing valuable info.... All children stuff should be bpa free... And most importantly with increased microwave usage we should better avoid even takeaway plastic containers that r marked micro safe.... Better to use Pyrex or micro safe glass ware......
 

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Dear Deepa , thanks for sharing valuable info.... All children stuff should be bpa free... And most importantly with increased microwave usage we should better avoid even takeaway plastic containers that r marked micro safe.... Better to use Pyrex or micro safe glass ware......

Thanks for that info Priya! Yes, we should try to use glass containers more hereafter!
 

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