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POISON! check yer plastic for the #7or #2

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:56 pm    Post subject: POISON! check yer plastic for the #7or #2 Reply with quote
apparently if you look on the bottom of something made of plastic
and see the number 7 in the little tri-angle
it's particularly carcinogenic
I've been looking at anything I have that's plastic
and I find a lot of 1s and 6s
but this one huge coffee mug that i got at a convenience store, years ago
that i always used for coffee
has a 7 on it
so i threw it away
but that's not good

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canada's proposed ban on a hormone-like chemical in baby bottles has spurred U.S. retailers and legislators to try to phase out use of the ingredient, called bisphenol A, or BPA.
Canada's announcement Friday came just days after the National Toxicology Program, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found "some concern" that low levels of BPA cause changes in behavior and the brain, prostate gland, mammary gland and the age at which girls enter puberty.

Toys 'R' Us announced Monday that it will phase out bottles and other "baby feeding products" containing BPA by the end of the year. Wal-Mart last week said that it will stop selling baby bottles made with BPA by early next year.

Nalgene, which makes plastic water bottles popular with hikers, and Playtex, which makes a variety of baby products, also say they'll stop using BPA, an ingredient in polycarbonate plastic.

Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says the senator plans to introduce legislation today to ban BPA from all baby bottles.

The American Chemistry Council, an industry group, notes that BPA has been used safely for decades and is an important ingredient that makes plastics flexible and shatter-resistant.

Rick Locker, an attorney for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, says parents can be confident that products made with BPA are safe. Locker notes that the Food and Drug Administration has not found that BPA poses a risk to children. Neither have regulatory agencies in Japan or Europe, he says.

"Consumers shouldn't have choices made for them by rash actions by Canada or retailers," Locker says.

But a growing number of consumers are concerned about the chemical, which has been found in the urine of 95% of Americans tested.

A group of 38 scientists last year issued a joint statement warning that even very low doses of BPA which acts like the hormone estrogen cause profound effects on laboratory animals, particularly during pregnancy and infancy. They found that BPA can permanently rewire genetic programming before birth. The research was published in Reproductive Toxicology.

Stanford University pediatrician Alan Greene, author of Raising Baby Green, encourages parents to reduce their children's exposure to BPA. "I wouldn't use it for my children," says Greene, a father of four.

Greene says parents can avoid BPA by choosing glass bottles or shunning plastics labeled with a number 7 recycling code. Some bottles, such as BornFree, Medela and Adiri, are now marketed as BPA-free. Greene notes that BPA is found in a number of products, including the linings of formula cans. Because BPA may be less likely to leach into dry products, powdered formula could be a safer choice than liquid, he says

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fortunately, plastic bottles, and other storage containers, are assigned a resin identification code (that's fancy talk for the triangle circling a number on the bottom of plastic bottles). This system has been in place for nearly 20 years to help with recycling, but it can also help with consumption. How so? What do the numbers mean?

For answers, Mainstreet asked Elizabeth Royte, the author of Bottlemania, to reveal the hidden meaning of the numbers on your bottle, and to explain what's lurking behind the labels:

Most soft drinks, including Poland Spring, Dasani and even Snapple bottles carry this number to reflect that they are bottles made of polyethylene terphthalate (PET), which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for consumer use. The narrow-necked bottles are not made for repeated use. The design of the bottle means they're difficult to clean. And, that means bacteria, from your hands and mouth, can grow in the bottle over time, says Royte.
MainStreet's Take: Always wash out with soap and water before reusing.

At the grocery store, when you come across one gallon plastic containers and 2.5 gallon jugs of water, you'll see this number on the plastic. This means the bottle contains phthalates that have been shown to leach into water over time, says Royte. Phthalates have been linked to health problems, including inducing early puberty, and are banned for toys in California and in 14 countries.
MainStreet's Take: Wash with soap and water, do not reuse too many times.

Polyvinyl Chloride (or PVC) and are environmentally hazardous and not recyclable. Not many bottles carry this label.
MainStreet's Take: NOT safe to use in the first place.

Bottles with the number are considered safe, and are made using low density polyethylene. In addition to being used for some water bottles, it's a common oil-based plastic that's used for containers that are squeezable.
MainStreet's Take: OK to reuse when properly cleaned.

When you pop plastic in the microwave, it's usually has this number because it's made with polypropylene.
MainStreet's Take: OK to reuse when properly cleaned.

This is usually used for egg cartons, and styrofoam cups.
MainStreet's Take: Not a great container, if you are environmentally friendly.

Polycarbonate bottles with this number can have many "other" materials. In other words, the bottle may have been used with phthalates, or bisphenol A, or not. It's a catchall. And, since bisphenol A is restricted in Canada, and has been linked to disruption in lab animals, it may be a number you want to avoid if you don't know the content. You'll see this number commonly at the water cooler. And, even Nalgene bottles carry this identification, while being bisphenol free.
MainStreet's Take: May not be safe to reuse.

All these products are approved by the FDA for food, which is what bottled water is considered. "The agency says all the bottles are safe under normal conditions (don't ever microwave food in them), but there have been enough questions raised about migration of chemicals for me to steer clear of certain types," says Ryote.

However, Royte says not everyone need panic: "I wouldn't go crazy over it -- I'm done reproducing and I'm not a fetus, infant, or young child, who are more susceptible to hormone mimics." Still, if you're using any of these bottles more than once, make sure to clean the bottle thoroughly with soap and hot water.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good to know
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