Plastic: The Silent Killer of All Living

Maybe you have noticed how buyers of bottled water are advised to check the bottom or the label of the plastic bottles. This is because these bottles have marks on them such as PP, HDPE, HDP and other that tell us if the plastic used to make the bottles releases toxic chemicals in the water that you are supposed to drink. By checking these labels you can save yourself from drinking toxic water, so here is what you might find on them:

Plastic The Silent Killer
1 – PET or PETE
Bottles labeled PET or PETE are single-use bottles. These can possibly release heavy metals and chemicals that can affect your hormonal balance. PET plastics are the most commonly used for water bottles, beer bottles, oil bottles and other consumer product packaging. They should be used only one time and are not recommended for repeated use. They are difficult to decontaminate and may release carcinogens in the products.

2 – HDP or HDPE
This is the safest plastic that does not release chemicals. If you tend to buy bottled water, make sure to buy bottles marked HDP or HDPE. This kind of plastic is usually used for plastic bags, toys, oil bottles, detergents etc. It is the most commonly recycled plastic because it uses a cost-effective and simple process and is considered very safe.

3 – PVC or 3V
This plastic releases two chemicals that are toxic for our body and can affect our hormonal balance. It is one of the softest plastics and is usually used for clear plastic food wrappings, pet’s toys, children’s toys, cooking oil bottles teething rings, and lots of other products. It is also used for computer cables, plumbing, garden hoses, arbors, window frames etc.

4 – LDPE
A plastic used for production of various kinds of plastic bags (for bread, dry cleaner garment bags, shrink wraps etc), and not bottles, even though it doesn’t release chemicals.

5 – PP
A white colored and sometimes semi transparent plastic used for syrups and yoghurt cups. It is very lightweight but very tough, and protects the products from chemicals, grease and moisture. It is also used for the plastic liner in cereal boxes, for yoghurt containers, ropes, packing tapes, straws, chip bags, disposable diapers, plastic bottle tops and margarine containers.

6 – PS
PS plastics release carcinogenic substances in consumer products. They are commonly used in the production of fast food casings and coffee cups. PS is short for “polystyrene”, which is a very inexpensive plastic, very lightweight and one that is easily formed. It is most often used to make plastic picnic cutlery, egg cartons, take-out “clamshell” food containers, disposable styrofoam drinking cups, and various foam packaging.

7 – PC or non-labeled plastic
This is the most dangerous plastic in the industry. It is either labeled PC, or it is not labeled at all, which can be even worse. This plastic releases BPA chemicals and is used in the production of food containers and sports water bottles. Reuse and recycling protocols are not standardized for this category of plastic. The BPA chemicals that are released in foods or drinks packaged in PC plastic are known as endocrine disruptors.