Learning to avoid plastics that contain Bisphenol A or BPA seems like a daunting task. By taking a few seconds to read the label and finding out what recycling code it has labeled on it can make all the difference.
Why is BPA bad?
Bisphenol is an endocrine inhibitor.
OK let’s break this down a little further, in layman terms; it interrupts the processes of the endocrine system.
What is the Endocrine System?
The endocrine system is a series of gland and organs that produce hormones that control vital functions of your body.
Just to name a few glands and organs that are related to the endocrine functions are:
Every major function of the human body is tied to the endocrine system.
You will not be shocked when I tell you that BPA contamination has been linked to Diabetes which affects the Pancreas
Should this information be alarming and scare this piss out of you?
The Food and Drug Administration have you focused and worried about how many calories and grams of fat are in items rather than the raw ingredients and secondary contamination.
Now that you know a little bit more about toxic BPA let’s discuss the types of plastics that are manufactured.
There are 7 codes that are used in describing plastic types, which are numbers 1-7.
PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
Used for making single use containers for common items such as soda bottles, single use water bottles, electrolyte replacement drinks, food jars as well as cosmetic containers.
HDPE (High density Polyethylene)
HDPE is used to make many common items that are heavily used such as grocery bags, milk, and juice containers.
PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)
PVC is used to make items such as Garden Hoses, Rain Jackets, Window frames, meat wrapping, and water pipe.
LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene)
You will find this product to be used to package bread, heavy duty bags, squeezable plastic bottles and food wrap.
Medicine bottles, cereal liners, straws and chip bags are commonly used with PP.
They use this world wide and you find it all the time on the side of the road as foam food containers, egg cartons, and plastic cutlery. This stuff just doesn’t go away and isn’t’ recyclable.
Other PC (Polycarbonate)
This is the group where they label stuff they don’t have a category for but common items are Baby bottles, water coolers, car parts, etc.
Which Types should you avoid?
Limit your exposure to plastics types 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 whenever possible.
Avoid types 3 and 7 at all costs.
Join us in celebration of “Boycott BPA Week” in March.