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Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Plastic numbers guide on 02/02/2014 08:49:16 MST Print View

Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you - just one word.
Ben: Yes sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Ben: Yes I am.
Mr. McGuire: 'Plastics.'
Ben: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?
Ben: Yes I will.
Mr. McGuire: Shh! Enough said. That's a deal.



http://www.babygreenthumb.com/p-122-safe-plastic-numbers-guide.aspx
I found this page useful for quickly identifying the plastic numbers, known risks.

Edited by RogerDodger on 02/02/2014 08:53:34 MST.

Ian Van Halen
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Plastic numbers guide on 02/13/2014 15:59:06 MST Print View

Thanks Rodger this was really helpful. In true UL style, I've been reusing packaging for food which would normally be a one use item to the average Joe/Jill; the fruit containers I buy my berries in work great for repackaging bulk fruit purchased from Costco. It's #5 so I'll keep those.

Didn't know about the plastic cutlery so I'll pass on those from now on.

Edit:

If I understand it correctly, Lexan is a polycarbonate.


OTHER (Varies)Plastic #7 can be a little tricky as it stands for “Other” which may or may not contain BPA. It is commonly used to label Polycarbonate (PC). The letters PC may be present with the recycling symbol, which would indicate that the product is made with polycarbonate.

Polycarbonate is derived from BPA. Read more about the harm of BPA here.

Where is Polycarbonate found?
•Electrical wiring
•CD/DVD cases
•Baby bottles
•3 and 5 gallon reusable bottles
Health Concerns
BPA has been found to be an endocrine disruptor. Choose bottles made with the #1, #2, #4, or #5 recycling codes.

Edited by IDBLOOM on 02/13/2014 16:01:28 MST.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Plastic numbers guide on 02/13/2014 16:11:56 MST Print View

So did Mrs. Robinson and Ben use plastic?

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Re: Plastic numbers guide on 02/13/2014 16:39:33 MST Print View

> So did Mrs. Robinson and Ben use plastic?


Good catch Nick :)
I suppose they used Latex ;)
may be Latex is plastic number 7 (other?)

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Re: Plastic numbers guide on 02/13/2014 16:51:31 MST Print View

Ian,

I hoard many of the yogurt & margarine tubs. I run them through the dishwasher and they don't warp. They are good containers, tight lids, especially nice for seeing inside are the transparent ones. I use them for trail (cold food) bowls, and dog kibble tupperware.

Plastic #5 - Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic polymer. It is strong, tough, has a high resistance to heat and acts as a barrier to moisture.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Plastic numbers guide on 02/13/2014 16:54:50 MST Print View

Go ahead Nick, use BPA, show us how harmless it is : )

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Plastic numbers guide on 02/26/2014 10:44:06 MST Print View

http://www.babygreenthumb.com/p-122-safe-plastic-numbers-guide.aspx

Just went through my sports bottles that I've collected through out the past decades.
Surprisingly they were all Plastic #2HDPE except for the one bicycle bottle. It has no number. It's black. It's tactical. It's tacticool. It's a tactical assault water container. :)

Good enough. I'm donating to the recycle bin.

Michael Driscoll
(Hillhikerz) - M

Locale: Monterey Bay
BPA is back... on 03/05/2014 14:54:48 MST Print View

Recent mother jones article...?

spelt the enigmatic
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: BPA is back... on 03/05/2014 15:47:38 MST Print View

Link: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/03/tritan-certichem-eastman-bpa-free-plastic-safe

So does this mean holding onto my old Nalgenes wasn't the most terrible idea in the world after all...?

(note: above is tongue in cheek. I did not track down and read the study discussed in the article.)