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vlad

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Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« on: September 08, 2011, 06:43:44 am »

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Which plastic water bottles don't leach chemicals?
by Vreni Gurd | Thu, 03/29/2007 

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Choose your water bottles very carefully in order to prevent
 chemicals in the plastic from leaching into your water.

Plastic water bottles are very convenient for carting water around when we are on the go, as they don't break if we drop them. However, it is worth paying attention to the type of
plastic your water bottle is made of, to ensure that the chemicals in the plastic do not leach into the water. If you taste plastic, you are drinking it, so get yourself another bottle.

To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle. If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine. The type of plastic bottle in which water is usually sold is usually a #1, and is only recommended for one time use. Do not refill it. Better to use a reusable water bottle, and fill it with your own filtered water from home and keep these single-use bottles out of the landfill.

Unfortunately, those fabulous colourful hard plastic lexan bottles made with polycarbonate plastics and identified by the #7 recycling symbol, may leach BPA. Bisphenol A is a xenoestrogen, a known endocrine disruptor, meaning it disturbs the hormonal messaging in our bodies. Synthetic xenoestrogens are linked to breast cancer and uterine cancer in women, decreased testosterone levels in men, and are particularly devastating to babies and young children. BPA has even been linked to insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes. For more of the science on the effects of BPA on our endocrine system etc. see these studies: Environmental Health Perspectives Journal. Nalgene, the company that manufactures the lexan water bottles also makes #2 HDPE bottles in the same sizes and shapes, so we have a viable alternative. Order one at Nalgene.

Unfortunately, most plastic baby bottles and drinking cups are made with plastics containing Bisphenol A. In 2006 Europe banned all products made for children under age 3 containing BPA, and as of Dec. 2006 the city of San Franscisco followed suit. In March 2007 a billion-dollar class action suit was commenced against Gerber, Playtex, Evenflo, Avent, and Dr. Brown's in Los Angeles superior court for harm done to babies caused by drinking out of baby bottles and sippy cups containing BPA. So, to be certain that your baby is not exposed, use glass bottles.
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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 12:04:24 pm »

Thanks for the info.
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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011, 12:43:22 pm »

There's only the little recycle symbol on the bottles I have, no code that I can see. Water tastes fine.
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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011, 01:29:36 pm »


 

To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle. If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine.
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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2011, 01:54:41 pm »


 

To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle. If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine.

What if there is no code with the symbol?
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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011, 02:25:28 pm »


 

To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle. If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine.

What if there is no code with the symbol?

:dontknow: Usually there is a # inside of the "symbol".
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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011, 03:03:37 pm »



http://domesticgoddesses.tribe.net/thread/243d1968-ce4d-4345-9a60-286eb3705e62


. On the bottom of plastic containers used for packaging,
you'll see a number inside a triangle. It's a code developed
by the plastics industry to make sorting plastics easier for
 recycling centers; it also indicates what type of plastic

the container is made of.
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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2011, 03:13:06 pm »

:dontknow: Usually there is a # inside of the "symbol".

Nope. Just the circle with the pine tree in it. Says after that, "Please recycle."
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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2011, 04:27:29 pm »

:dontknow: Usually there is a # inside of the "symbol".

Nope. Just the circle with the pine tree in it. Says after that, "Please recycle."

The only circular recycling symbols I've ever seen are all foreign... Korea and Japan mostly.

The ones in the US are triangular.
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2011, 04:28:47 pm »

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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2011, 01:53:42 pm »

The symbol on my bottles looks nothing like that. It is a broken circle with a pine tree shape in the center.
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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2011, 02:44:34 pm »

The symbol on my bottles looks nothing like that. It is a broken circle with a pine tree shape in the center.

Like this but with a tree?

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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2011, 03:43:10 pm »

No, not even close. I looked for a long time on line and could find nothing that resembles it.  The outer edge of the circle is unbroken. There is a six sided shading just inside the circle. The little "tree" stands in the center, with lines to three parts of the shading. I don't know how else to describe it. Just wonder why it doesn't have one of the others, that's all.
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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2011, 01:57:32 am »

Thanks for the information, does long term stored water which is in safe bottles are also harmful?
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Re: Which plastic bottles are unsafe for water??
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2011, 11:47:39 am »

The Planters Peanut jars I stored ground dried meat in for three
years now are Type 1 plastic.
Does dried meat absorb bad things are readily as does water?
I don't know either.. Sigh
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