It's important to know that not all plastics are the same. Of the 7 different types of plastics some or more dangerous than others and should be avoided. Of the others, it might be a good idea to limit or avoid those as well. Below we'll look at each type individually to see where you might find it and how you might replace it.

Important: Although some plastics are considered "relatively safe" they still contain chemicals that can leach into your food, or environment, especially as plastic begins to age. It's a much more sustainable route to choose long-lasting, renewable, and natural materials instead. Not only will you decrease the likelihood of off-gassing in your home, you'll also reduce resources and save money over the long-run by investing well upfront.

Plastic #1 - Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
This plastic is commonly found in:

Plastic bottles (water, soft drinks, etc)
Polyester clothing
In all the types of plastics, #1 is probably most common. It's also one of the easiest to recycle, as most curbside recycling source pick up type 1. This also means it is the type often used in polyester clothing, recycled fiber carpets, etc.

Dangers of Type 1 Plastics
PET contains two main components:

Acetaldehyde which has been linked to:
DNA damage
Abnormal muscle development
and is listed as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Antimony has been linked to:
Soil pollution
Digestive issues
Lung, heart, liver, and kidney damage
Unknown whether it is a carcinogen

Plastic #2 - Vinyl or Polyvinyl Chloride (V or PVC)
This plastic is commonly found in:

Shower curtains
Plastic food wrap
Children's toys
Pool toys, rafts, etc
Dangers of Type 2 Plastics
Of all types of plastics #3 is one of the most detrimental to human health. It includes:

Phthalates, which are linked to:
Endocrines disruption
Fetal development
Breast or testicular cancers
Vinyl chloride, linked to:
Liver, lung, and kidney damage
Decrease in normal reproduction function
Brain, lung, and blood cancers
Ground and water pollution5
Dioxins, which have been linked to:
Reproductive issues
Developmental problems
Hormone disruption
Immune impairment
And is a known human carcinogen
The #2 types of plastics often contain BPA (or its replacement BPS, which is proving just as dangerous). BPA has been linked to developmental issues during pregnancy and childhood, linking it to birth defects and neurological disorders. It's an endocrine disruptor, and also tied to asthma, breast cancer, heart disease, leukemia, prostate cancer and other issues, obesity, testicular cancer, thyroid issues, and more.

Plastic #3 - Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
This plastic is commonly found in:

Plastic bags
6 pack rings
Milk cartons
Soap containers
Dangers of Type 3 Plastics
Although there are no known human health concerns, LDPE is sourced for fossil fuels and therefore not renewable, as well as not being biodegradable and poses a large issue for the environment since most LDPE (such as plastic bags) do not get recycled. Some LDPE, however, is actually made from a renewable resource (sugar beet), but while this decreases the reliance on finite resources it doesn't solve the waste problem.

Plastic #4 - Polypropylene (PP)
This plastic is commonly found in:

Auto parts
Dispoable diapers
Disposable food containers
Industrial fibers
Kitchen items (cups, bottles, etc)
Sanitary/menstrual pads
Dangers of Type 4 Plastics
Scientists have found that PP can leach two chemical compounds (quaternary ammonium biocides and oleamide) that interrupt human enzymes and brain receptors.8 This is one of the types of plastics formerly thought to be safe, and so much more research is needed on polypropylene.

Plastic #5 - Polystyrene (PS)
This plastic "styrofoam" is commonly found in:

Disposable knives, forks, spoons
Egg cartons
Foam cups/food packaging (clamshell)
Media cases
Office supplies
Packing peanuts
Dangers of Type 5 Plastics
Polystyrene contains both styrene and benzene, two dangerous chemical compounds linked to human health risks9. Styrene has been shown to be toxic to the nervous system, hematological, cytogenetic, carcinogenic, and disruptive to menstrual cycles10. Benzene is a known carcinogen, particularly leukemia (cancer of the blood), and linked to anemia, excessive bleeding, and other blood disorders, irregular menstrual cycles, low birth weight, bone marrow damage, and more.11

Plastic #6 - Other (Often Polcycarbonate)
This plastic is commonly found in:

5 gallon reusable bottles
Bottles, misc
Electrical wiring
Safety glasses
Dangers of Type 6 Plastics
The #6 types of plastics can be a variety of plastics, making it hard to determine their safety. And according to the Environmental Working Group, it often consist of polycarbonate, the plastic most likely to contain BPA (bisphenol A), which impacts development during pregnancy and childhood,12 BPA has been linked to neurological disorders, is an endocrine disruptor, and also tied to asthma, breast cancer, heart disease, leukemia, prostate cancer and other issues, obesity, testicular cancer, thyroid issues, and more.

Source: sustainablebabysteps.com

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