START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

Which Plastics to Never Use with Food

  • 2 of 5

As might be expected, given the strength of the plastic industry, there is controversy. Although there have been more than 100 studies showing BPA to be a concern, the plastics industry says it is harmless. The FDA admits that “substances used to make plastics can leach into food,” but they maintain that the levels are safe. Safe?! Yes, leaching petroleum by-products and toxic chemicals in your food are safe–don’t worry! Now why doesn’t that sound right? If, like me, you find the FDA a rather lackadaisical regulator, why not follow these tips for safer plastic use? (There is also that little environmental issue with plastic to keep in mind.) And while some may want to skip the plastic-food relationship altogether, it is a hard habit to break. Many of these tips don’t exclude the use of plastic, but rather offer the safest options.

1. Know your plastics. Plastic items are marked with a resin identification coding system (the number surrounded by arrows), which stand for:

1 polyethyelene terephthalate (PETE)
2 high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
3 vinyl, polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
4 low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
5 polypropylene (PP)
6 polystyrene (PS)
7 other (includes polycarbonate, acrylic, polylactic acid, fiberglass)

2. When you need to use plastic, these are the safer choices to use with food: 1, 2, 4 and 5.

3. Learn to recognize, and then avoid, polycarbonate (number 7) for food usage. Polycarbonate plastics are hard and clear. Common items made from this BPA-containing plastic are food storage containers, baby bottles, water bottles, bowls and tableware. (And the lining inside food and drink cans, by the way.)

  • 2 of 5

Read more: Children, Diet & Nutrition, General Health, Green Kitchen Tips, Health, Health & Safety, , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

233 comments

+ add your own
4:43AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

You don't need plastics for ants!

11:38AM PDT on May 24, 2014

Don't use any of them at all around food. They bind with whatever they're touched by. Why do you think that trash bags made out of "recycled" plastic stink to high heaven? Save your glass jars and re-use them. Easily and completely sterilized, and much safer.

6:38AM PDT on May 3, 2014

Very useful thank you.I use glass whenever possible.

8:15AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

Thanks for this information

8:01AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

I used Tupperware for years in fact still have some floating around. But darn it if you don't use it for someone to take food home with them and it's gone forever never to be seen again. Tupperware is not cheap and I haven't heard of Tupperware in a long time.

7:42AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

I miss glass bottles ...

7:28AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Thanks for the good info a lot of my kid plastics are #5 and glass isn't always practical for little kids.

7:44AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Good to know,Thanks for sharing

3:54AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Little wisdom for life

8:20PM PST on Feb 14, 2014

Thanks.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

thank you diane maceachern..............this are good tips......i shared them on facebook

All very good tips and do most of them. Bulk items in bins become a problem for those with gluten is…

I've had my Casper for a few weeks now. Really loving it! Did a lot of reserach to decide between…

So being on a vegetarian diet is being on the road to slower aging.

CONTACT THE EDITORS



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.