Check the recycling number on the bottom of all plastics

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Avoid any plastics with recycling numbers 3, 6 or 7

7 may contain BPA (bis-phenol A)
3 may contain phthalates and
6 may contain styrene

Use only containers coded "4, 5, 1 and 2, all the rest are bad for you!"

Bisphenol-A(BPA), a chemical used in the production of polycarbonate plastics, showed changes in their mammary and prostate tissue—a potential cancer risk—as well as early puberty. And BPA exposure could also potentially have negative effects on fertility, birth weight, and the development of certain areas of the brain.

Plastics made with BPA usually have the number 7 on the bottom. The bummer, though, is that the number 7 category of plastics also includes some without BPA, and not everything containing BPA is marked.

It turns out that BPA isn’t the only chemical in plastic giving experts pause. Compounds called pthalates are also in many plastic formulas and may have effects on hormones. So look at recycling codes: Where you can, avoid products marked by a 3 or a 6 on the bottom. (Phthalates are also “everywhere”—in vinyl flooring, children’s toys, adhesives, food packaging, car parts, clothing, and health and beauty products like shampoo, nail polish, and deodorants.)

These are generally considered safe:

1. PETE, or polyethylene terepthalate, is found in soda and water bottles, and peanut butter containers. (Marked with a 1 on the bottom of the container.)

2. HDPE, or high-density polyethylene, makes up milk containers, water jugs, and shampoo bottles. (Marked with a 2 on the bottom of the container.)
4. LDPE, or low-density polyethylene, is found in grocery bags and some plastic wrap. (Marked with a 4.)

5. PP, or polypropylene, is used in food containers—such as Rubbermaid and GladWare containers—as well as yogurt tubs and drinking straws. (Marked with a 5.)

# So
Avoid recycling symbols 3, 6, and 7. While Number 1 is considered safe, it is also best to avoid this plastic.

# Look for symbols 2, 4, and 5, as these plastics are considered to be safest. These are the plastics to look for in terms of human and animal consumption.

In the end, plastics will still be used, but you can certainly limit your use of the product. Instead of buying plastic water bottles or other plastic containers, choose glass or invest in a high quality water filtration system to obtain your water from. (This is best for your health anyway).

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