When they’re buying bottled water consumers are now advised to take a moment to make sure they’re not poisoning themselves. It is very simple. All you need to do is to check the bottom of the bottle to make sure that you are not buying water packaged in an outdated substance which is now known to be harmful.
Here is what you need to know about the most common symbols that are used to indicated the type of the plastic used:
#1 PET or PETE
This stands for single-use bottles. The bottles can possibly release chemicals and heavy metals that affect the hormonal balance.
“PET is among the most commonly used plastics in consumer products, which can be found in most water and pop bottles, and in some packaging. It‘s intended for single use applications; repeated use increases the risk of leaching and bacterial growth. The PET plastic is very difficult to decontaminate, and its proper cleaning requires harmful chemicals. Polyethylene terephthalates may leach carcinogens.”
#2 PVC or 3V
It releases 2 toxic chemicals which affect the hormones in your body.
“PVC is a soft and flexible plastic used to make clear plastic cooking oil bottles, food wrapping, teething rings, children’s and pets’ toys, and blister packaging forinnumerable consumer products. It is commonly used as the sheathing material for the computer cables, and for making plastic pipes and parts for plumbing. Because the PVC is relatively impervious to weatherandsunlight, it’s used to make window frames, arbors, garden hoses, raised beds and trellises.”
#3 HDP or HDPE
This is plastic that practically releases no chemicals. The experts recommend choosing these bottles, when you buy bottled water, because it’s probably the healthiest water that you can find on the market.
“HDPE plastic is stiff plastic used to make milk jugs, oil bottlesanddetergent, toys, and some plastic bags. HDPE is the most commonly recycled plastic and is considered one of the safest forms of plastic. It’s a relatively simple and cost-effective process to recycle the HDPE plastic for secondary use.”
This plastic cannot be used in the production of bottles, but for plastic bags, although it does not release any chemicals into the water.
“LDPE is often found in dry cleaner garment bags, shrink wraps, squeezable bottles, and the type of plastic bags that are used to package bread. The plastic grocery bags that are used in most stores today are made of LDPE plastic. Some clothing and furniture also uses this type of plastic.”
This is another white colored or semitransparent plastic, which is used as a packing for syrups and yoghurt cups.
“PP (Polypropylene) plastic is lightweightandtough, and has excellent heat-resistance qualities. It serves as a barrier against moisture, chemicalsandgrease. When you try to open the thin plastic liner in a cereal box, it’s polypropylene. This keeps the cereals dry and fresh. PP is also used for disposable diapers, plastic bottle tops, pails, margarine and yogurt containers, straws, potato chip bags, packing tape and rope.”
It releases some carcinogenic substances and it’s commonly used in the production of fast food casingsandcoffee cups.
“Polystyrene is acheap, lightweight and easily-formed plastic with a wide range of uses. Most often it is used to make disposable Styrofoam drinking cups, egg cartons, take-out “clamshell” food containers, plastic picnic cutlery, foam packaging and the ubiquitous “peanut” foam chips that are used to fill shipping boxes to protect the contents. Polystyrene is also used to make rigid foam insulation and underlay sheeting for laminate flooring that is used in home construction.”
#7 PC or non-labeled plastic
It is the most dangerous plastic in the food production that releases BPA chemicals and it’s often used in the production of food containersandsports water bottles.
This category is designed as a catch-all for polycarbonate (PC) and “other” plastics, so reuse and recycling protocols are not standardized in this category. However, the primary concern with these plastics, is the potential for chemical leaching into food or drink products that are packaged in polycarbonate containers made using BPA (Bisphenol A). BPA is a xenoestrogen, the known endocrine disruptor.
Therefore, check the bottom of the bottle twice!