Your Plastic Bottle Is Killing You! Here’s What The Labels Mean
Unfortunately, science has proven that companies earn on bottling up tap water from unfortunate drought-riddled areas. Ready for some numbers? Their profit rises up to 1900%! Yes, that is how popular brands attract money, and all you get is tap water. Gross, right? If you cannot get used to the taste of tap water, filtering is your best option.
It may cost you money, but you will at least sip some high-quality water. Opt for the best system, and get your life in the right direction.
However, sometimes you have no other option than get a bottle of water, because you have been walking for hours and you are thirsty! Simple as that. But, bottled water should not be your only concern. What about all the plastic containers you get the food in? And even worse, most of the food we get is packed in plastic.
Since when did eating from a plastic dish become such ‘a fancy thing?’ Research has shown that manufacturers use different kinds of plastics, and each of these gets inside your home every day! Feeling devastated? You will be even more after you finish reading this article.
Here is a brief list of the most common plastic types, and the health risks they bring.
1. PET or PETE
It is the plastic used for single-use bottles. There is a huge possibility that these emit heavy metal antimony. You do not need this in your body, as it affects your hormonal balance. It is also believed to be carcinogenic.
2. HDP or HDPE
These are referred to as the ‘good guys’ in the world of plastics, because they pose less threat to overall health than other types.
3. PVC or 3V
PVC is related to the emission of toxic chemicals that disturb hormones in the human body. PVC is high in chlorine, which results in excessive release of dioxins during the manufacturing, burning, or landfilling process of this type of plastic, as shown in a recent study. Dioxins are known to trigger reproductive, developmental and other health issues. Scientists have confirmed at least one dioxin to be carcinogen.
It is a major component of plastic bags, and has not been found to pose any threat to overall health.
PP is not associated with higher health risks. It is the plastic you get in your yoghurt and syrup packages.
Stiren is a dangerous carcinogen that is released from PS containers. Manufacturers use this type of plastic in the production of food packaging and coffee cups.
7. PC or no label
This is the last type of plastic you need in your food container. It consists of BPA, a known disruptor of the endocrine system. PC is commonly used in sport bottles and food containers.
Next time you pick your products in the local supermarket, always aim for HPDE and PP. Stay away from PETE, PVC, PS and PC.
Source: Simple Organic Life