Check the triangle on Plastic Containers
…Check the bottom of the bottle for a triangle with a number in the middle. This tells you what type of plastic used to make the bottle. Check our handy chart to find the healthiest plastic.
2,4,5 = safe
1,3,6,7 = unsafe.
- #2… is the most resistant to chemical leaching. Most commonly found in milk jugs, detergent and shampoo bottles.
- #4…Although resistant to leaching, it’s almost never used in water bottles but is found in sandwich bags, cling wrap and grocery bags.
- #5…This semi-transparent or white plastic is also resistant to chemical leaching. More used in syrup bottles and yogurt containers.
Avoid when possible
Try your best to turn your back on these plastics:
- #1 …Made for one time use, these bottles should be avoided since they more than likely leach the heavy metal antimony and the hormone disrupting chemical BPA. Don’t reuse these bottles and don’t buy if they are over six months old.
- #3 …A that are both known endocrine and hormone disruptors, this is the most common plastic used in water bottles, baby bottles and cooking oil.
- #6 …Known to leach styrene, a carcinogen that causes headaches, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, this plastic is most commonly used in disposable coffee cups and take out containers.
- …#7… Polycarbonate: Since this plastic is made with BPA, it’s going to leach and is probably the worst plastic to use. Unfortunately it’s found in baby bottles, reusable water bottles, 5-gallon jugs (used for the office water cooler) and food-storage containers.
Tips for bottled water
- If your water smells like plastic, even just a hint, don’t drink it. Dump it or return it.
- Keep your bottled water away from heat or sunlight. Hot plastic leaches chemicals more easily.
- Don’t buy water that has been on the shelf longer than six months. Ask the store how long it’s been on the shelf. Dust is usually not a good sign.
- Don’t reuse bottles made for single use. They are breeding grounds for bacteria and will also start to break down quickly, easily releasing chemicals
- Go with stainless steel or glass when possible.
- Buy in bulk and stay away from the individual bottles.
- Drink tap water. Buy a home water filter and start carrying tap in your stainless steel bottle. Save money and the planet.
***Don’t reuse disposal utensils, plates, and cups. Even if you wash it bacteria lingers under the rim.
There are companies that pack food in BPA-free cans (from human to pet food). Read the label or google it.
The Container Store sells containers (American made and other countries) that design glass/plastic food grade storage containers free of BPA. Click Eco-friendly, BPA-free, and or American made… The glass containers have silicon lids. When you buy food in glass containers save the containers to store food. Last, Pyrex corning ware made before 1990s can be found in thrift-shops. They’re free of lead and other dangerous components. Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Israel…and a few other countries don’t allow the use of BPA, lead or other unsafe components in their food-grade dish ware. If you find dish ware from these countries its okay to buy.