This is some very good information for you to know if you are concerned about health and wellness. Quoted to below.
- Avoid placing hot food or liquids in plastic containers. Use glass, ceramic or stainless-steel containers instead. Heating plastics to high temperatures promotes the leaching of chemicals out of containers and into the food or liquid they hold. (Freezing liquids in plastic bottles, incidentally, poses no such risk. Contrary to recent online reports that claimed freezing water releases carcinogenic materials into water, freezing actually retards the release of chemicals.)
- When heating food in a microwave oven, use only cookware that is labeled “microwave safe.”
- Remove food from plastic wrapping before thawing or reheating in a microwave.
- Buy products in cardboard cartons instead of plastic containers.
- Check recycling codes on the bottom of store packages for clues about plastics components you may want to avoid: Recycling code 3 may indicate the product contains a type of phthalate known as DEHA. Recycling code 7 may mean the product contains BPA.
- Look for toys, baby bottles and containers claiming to be BPA-free. There’s been a recent explosion of such products, many of them priced higher than standard products. There is also a growing industry of third-party certifiers to test such claims. Gerber’s Clearview Bottles are BPA-free; a three-pack costs about $3 at Target.
- Reduce your use of canned food; eat fresh or frozen foods instead. Bisphenol A has been found in the lining of canned food tins.
- Reduce your use of polycarbonate and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, both of which contain BPA. Choose alternatives such as polyethylene plastic (also labeled PETE) and containers marked with recycling code 1, 2 (HDPE) and 4 (LDPE). Polypropylene (recycling code 5, or PP) is also considered a safe choice.
- If you use hard polycarbonate plastics (Nalgene bottles, baby bottles, sippy cups), do not heat them or use them for warm or hot liquids.
- Do not wash polycarbonate plastic containers in the dishwasher with harsh detergents.
- Look for phthalate-free toys or those approved by the European Union.
- Do not microwave or heat plastic wraps. Those that are labeled “microwave safe” should be placed loosely over containers. Make sure they do not touch the food.
- Choose personal-care products that do not contain synthetic fragrance. While the Food and Drug Administration requires the listing of ingredients on cosmetic products sold in retail stores, it does not require the listing of individual fragrance ingredients.
- Check the labels of nail polish. The FDA requires that phthalates be listed unless they are a fragrance ingredient. Phthalates are used in some nail polishes to reduce cracking.
Sources: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy, National Geographic Green Guide
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