When was the last time you checked the bottom of the bottled water that you bought? Checking the writings on the plastic bottles that you purchase every day in stores is more important than you might think it is.
Namely, there is plastic that is good if used on an everyday basis, plastic that can be reused and plastic that is harmful for human health. Knowing the meaning of the writings at the bottom of plastic bottles can protect you and your family’s health. Read and check how you can easily check which type of plastic you are buying.This best insulated water bottle.
1. PET or PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
This plastic is tough and shatterproof. Single-use bottles are usually made from it, and it can release heavy metals and chemicals that affect hormonal balance. They present moderate hazard and should be avoided.
Narrow-neck containers are also made from this type of plastic, such as for detergents, mouth wash, salad dressing, vitamins, soda and water bottles. This plastic gets recycled mostly into bottles, carpeting, tennis balls, insulation for jackets, T-shirts, paint brushes and so on.
2. HDP or HDPE (High-density Polyethylene)
This type of plastic is flexible and often translucent. It practically releases no chemicals. Bottles made from this type of plastic present small hazard and it is recommended to opt for these bottles when buying water, as the healthiest water that you can buy is probably in them.
It is used for milk and water jugs, juice bottles, dairy tubs such as sour cream or whipped topping, kitty litter jugs, plastic grocery bags, medicine bottles and so on.
3. PVC or 3v (Polyvinyl Chloride)
This plastic is highly hazardous and should be avoided at all times, as it releases 2 toxins that affect hormones in human body. It is usually tough and chemicals resistant. It is mostly used for making bottles for shampoo, cooking oil, salad dressings and so on.
4. LDPE (Low-density Polyethylene)
This plastic is low hazard as it releases no chemicals into the water, but it can not be used for bottle production. It is flexible and tough and is mostly used for making food storage containers, dairy container lids, dry cleaning bags and so on.
5. PP (Polypropylene)
PP plastic is transparent, chemicals-and-heat resistant and is low hazard. It is mostly used for medicine bottles, dell containers, yoghurt containers, nursery plant packs and pots, and it is known and used as a good barrier against moisture, grease and chemicals.
6. PS (Polystyrene)
It is usually brittle and see-through or soft opaque foam. It is very hazardous and is mostly used for production of fast food casings, dairy containers, flower pots, medicine and vitamin bottles, coffee cups and the like. It is widely used as it is inexpensive, but should be avoided at all times.
7. PC (other, non-labeled plastic)
It is very hazardous and should be steered clear of. It releases BPA chemicals which are absorbed by the body when eating or drinking from plastic containers where food or beverages have been stored. It is mostly used for ketchup, window-cleaners, syrup, 5-gallon water coolers and water bottles.
So, watch out when you buy your next bottle of water and remember that the next step to better self care is reading those important letters on the bottom, as your health depends on that.