Plastic bottles or packaging with labels HDP or HDPE, LDPE and PP does not release hazardous substances into the water. Other plastic packaging where there is no such marks are dangerous to the organism because the drink in them is under the influence of harmful substances.
Probably twenty or more years ago no one has ever thought that we will drink water from plastic bottles. Today it’s more out of habit than necessity, since tap water in more places is still drinkable.
Plastic, in short term has improved our standard of living and facilitate our lives in many ways, but in the long run, has become a major threat both for us, for our health and for the health of the entire planet. Not all types of plastics are recommended for human consumption or for recycling. At the bottom of each plastic packaging, there is triangle with the number in the middle, which indicates from which plastic packaging is made.
Read and find out what the code on the bottom of the bottles mean.
1.PET (PETE) Polyethylene Terephthalate – These bottles are in most cases intended for single use. There is a possibility that they emit heavy metals and EPA chemical substance, which interferes with the action of hormones.
2.HDP (sometimes HDPE) High Density Polyethylene – It is considered to be a “good” plastic, for which there are no indications that releases chemicals into the water.
3.PVC (sometimes 3V) Polyvinyl Chloride – This two plastic releases toxic chemicals, and both interfere with the functioning of hormones in the human body. Nevertheless, it is still the most commonly used plastic for bottles.
4.LDPE Low Density Polyethylene – Plastic, which does not release chemicals into the water. Nevertheless it is not used for making plastic bottles, but mainly is used into production of plastic bags for groceries.
5.PP – Another, so called, “good” plastic, usually white or translucent color. It is used for the bottles for syrups or yoghurt.
6.PS – Plastic that released carcinogenic substance styrene. Most often is used for coffee cups for single use or for fast food packaging.
7.PC (or no label) – This is the worst plastic for food products, because it secretes a chemical BPA (Bisphenol A). Unfortunately, it is used in bottles for infants, for sports bottles and containers for food storage.
To sum up, plastics, which do not release chemicals into the water are 2, 4 and 5, or labeled HDP, HDPE, LDPE, PP. For all other rather consider their use. It’s always best to keep water in glass bottles for example or simply instal filtration system and use your tap water.
When you need water to go the worst way to take your water to go is into plastic containers, especially in those with labels 1,3,6 or 7, water in these bottles is susceptible to chemical or temperature effect. Consider buying a BPA-free reusable water bottle that you can fill with your home’s filtered tap water and take with you to go or for your office.
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.