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Plastic Bottles Avoid Re Using

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  • AVOID Re-using Plastic Bottles - a compilation of emails from caring friends
  • Be Aware
  • Seen this? Marked at the bottom of plastic bottles with numbers from 1 to 7. 7
  • What are the numbers about ? Polyethylene terephalate (PET) High density polyethylene (HDPE) Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) or Plasticised polyvinyl chloride (PPVC) Low density polyethylene LDPE Polypropylene (PP) IT TELLS YOU THE CHEMICAL MAKE UP OF THE CONTAINERS
  • Chemicals Can Leach into your food and drinks If you think your drink or food taste like plastic, it’s because it is plastic.
  • Most toxic numbers? Polystyrene (PS) or Expandable olystyrene (EPS) Other, including nylon and acrylic Unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (UPVC) or Plasticised polyvinyl chloride (PPVC) AVOID THESE NUMBERS
  • What are their applications based on the codes ? Source: Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/eindex.html Search “plastic coding”
  • Don’t serve in polystyrene containers. When it’s alcohol, oily, hot or sour.
  • Use glass or ceramic plates, bowls, mugs or cups. TIME TO CHANGE
  • Shopping? Check packaging! Remove food from all polystyrene packaging. SAFE? Store in non-plastic containers.
    • "When you microwave, it's a good idea not to have the plastic touch the food."
    • - Catherine Bailey
    • FDA Science Policy Analyst
    • “ I won't microwave plastic”.
    • Joel Tickner,
    • Researcher and doctoral candidate studying environmental hazards at the University of Massachusetts.
  • For More Information/Sources:
    • CHEC Health House: Plastics: What Do Those Numbers Mean?
    • http://www.checnet.org/HEALTHEHOUSE/education/quicklist-detail.asp?Main_ID=353
    • Californian Against Waste: Health effects of polystyrene on the human body
    • http://www.cawrecycles.org/issues/eps_health
    • Grinning Planet: CLOUDS IN YOUR COFFEE? TRY LESS STYRO, MORE FOAM
    • http://www.grinningplanet.com/2008/04-08/foam-cups-polystyrene-cups-article.htm
    • Wall Street Journal: Does Plastic in Microwave Pose Health Problems?
    • http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Microwave-Health-Problems.htm
    • WNBC Consumer Alert: How safe are plastic bottles?
    • http://video.wnbc.com/player/?id=238518
    • The Sun: Polystyrene can cause cancer: CAP
    • http://www.myhealth.gov.my/myhealth/bm/template.jsp?showMe=28&storyid=1222319596315
    • Urban Legend: Microwave Ovens, Plastic Wrap and Dioxin
    • http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl-microwave-dioxin.htm
  • What others said…
    • Malaysian Plastic Forum (MPF) defended polystyrene as both
    • environmentally sound and medically safe, and complies with US FDA (Food
    • and Drugs Act) standards.
    • Polystyrene is also confirmed by Japan Hygienic Olefin and Styrene Plastics
    • Association to be safe for its intended use in contact with food.
    • Polystyrene is Sirim-certified . Our M inistry of Health confirmed that no
    • regulatory health organisation has classified polystyrene as a carcinogen.
    • You Decide
    • AVOID re-using plastic bottles?
    • or stay on the safe side
    • STOPPED RE-USING RIGHT AWAY!!!
  • What motivates you?
    • Created with thanks to:
    • Friends who care enough to share
    • MS Clipart artists discovered
    • http://greenbeingnancy.blogspot.com/
    • http://www.slideshare.net/GreenBeingNancy
    • Spurred to act by email alerts.