Understanding the Plastic Numbering System & Choosing Safely: Diva Guide:
By Tania Reuben
The first step towards safer plastics: Eliminate them wherever you can.
This is can be hard, so small changes, one step at a time. Check Out – Diva Guide: Use Less Plastic in Your Home.
Like it or not – plastics are a big part of our lives. How can we navigate their use in the safest manner possible.
Learn to “read” your plastics. Look on the plastic for the little triangle – inside that triange you will see a number.
Avoid plastics numbered: 3 & 6
Know your polycarbonates or number 7 plastics- when in doubt skip it:
The 7 category is the one that all the BPA fuss is about.
There are safe 7′s – they will be labeled “PLA” or “compostable”. In learning more about the number system I was surprised to find that my “tried and true”, nice quality rubbermaid containters are all 3′s – and therefore unsafe!
So now that you know how to pick your plastic – learn the safest way to use them. The manufacturing of plastics involves a variety of petroleum based chemicals. The primary concern with plastics is leaching of toxins into our food and beverages. This risk is increases with heat.
All of the above information does not mean that the number 1,2 & 4 plastics are completely safe. They are manufactured using petroleum products and limiting their use is likely a good idea… which brings us back to the beginning. Eliminate plastic wherever possible!