Most of us know that bottled water is better than tap water. But many of us buy bottled water without any idea what kind of plastic is used to make them.
There are risks of buying different kinds of plastic water bottles. So, the next time you consume bottled water, make sure you check what kind of plastic is the bottle made of.
Every bottle does actually indicate what it is made of and with a little know-how, you can learn what to look out for so that you can avoid certain chemicals.
What do the numbers and letters on plastic bottles and containers mean?
- PET OR PETE
It is probably one of the most commonly used plastic for water and soft drink bottles. It is intended for a single use only, as repeated use can cause bacterial growth. Moreover, these bottles can also release heavy metals and chemicals, which can have a negative impact on the hormonal balance.
- HDP OR HDPE
This type of plastic is usually used in milk jugs, detergent and oil bottles, toys, and some plastic bags. It is considered to be the safest plastic because it doesn’t release harmful chemicals.
- PVC OR 3V
It is a soft and flexible plastic used to make clear plastic food wrapping, cooking oil bottles, teething rings, blister packaging for myriad products, and toys for pets and children’s. Moreover, it releases two toxic chemicals, which can potentially affect the hormones in your body. Thus, if you can, avoid this kind of plastic.
This kind of plastic doesn’t release chemicals, but it cannot be used for bottles. You should know that you should not buy food which is packed in this plastic.
- PC OR NON-LABELED PLASTIC
This kind of plastic is usually used in the production of sports water bottles and food containers. Furthermore, it is considered to be the most dangerous kind of plastic because the chemicals it contains can leak into food and beverages.