One of the questions I get very often is about plastics and how to know which are safe and which are leaching toxins, how to choose them. This is a great question. So here is the answer: look for the number of the plastic – usually on the bottom of the item made out of it. The number is written in a triangle – and the numbers are from 1 through 7; sometimes there could be letters.
Under the triangle usually you see some letters that abbreviate the name of the plastic. Number 1 is PETE which stands for polyethylene terephthalate. Number 2 is HDPE which stands for high density polyethylene. Number 4 is LDPE which is low density polyethylene. Number 5 is polypropylene. Numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 are safe. Numbers 3, 6, 7 and PC are toxic and to be avoided. Numbers 3, 6, 7 and the letters PC are leaching toxins and especially BPA. BPA is an abbreviation of Bisphenol A. BPA is a toxic substance that interferes with the proper functioning of our cells.
And to remind you – you are made of over 100 trillion cells, yes, 100,000,000,000,000! and every one of your 100 trillion cells performs 6 trillion, yes, 6,000,000,000,000 functions per second every second!!! This means that every second your body performs over 600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 functions – yes, 6 with 26 zeros! This is such a gigantic number that we don't even have a name for it. I will call it 600 square trillions. This type of plastic containing BPA is hidden also behind the names of Lexan or PolyCarbonate abbreviated PC. Avoid anything made of these plastics because they leach.
It is important also to know that if a recycled plastic is used, it is not safe to believe it is only made out of a particular kind because a mix of all things goes in the separations and it is not sure that leaching plastic is not in the mix. Sometimes there is no number for the plastic – in this case, don't buy it or use it because it mostl likely is made of BPA and other toxic substances.
Let me know if you have any questions about plastics or anythindg else and I will happily provide you with more information so you can make an informed decision that is safe for you so you are happy and healthy! You are always welcome to submit any questions that you have to me through the 'Contact Me' section of the blog and I will get you the answers. Namaste, Venus 🙂