Plastics are used because they are lightweight, do not break easily, and inexpensively. However, plastics are also risk to the environment and health of our families. Therefore, we must understand plastics are safe for our use.
What is the meaning of the symbols that we encounter on a variety of plastic products?
- PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) - soft drink and fruit juice bottles
- HDPE (High-density polyethylene) - milk bottles or shampoo containers
- PVC (Polyvinyl chloride or plasticised polyvinyl chloride) - cordial, juice or squeeze bottles
- LDPE (Low density polyethylene) – garbage bags and bins
- PP (Polypropylene) – ice cream containers, take-away food containers and lunch boxes
- PS (Polystyrene) – yoghurt containers, plastic cutlery, foam hot drink cups
- Other – all other plastics,including acrylic and nylon
|Bisphenol A List|
Hazards of chemical substances frequently used in plastic fabric, bishpenol-A (BPA) has long been subject to dispute. Although not prohibited, but some experts consider exposure to BPA is harmful to health, especially in children's behavior.
In the study conducted by researchers from Harvard researchers took urine samples from 244 pregnant women who live in Cincinnati, United States, twice during the period of pregnancy and once after they give birth.
Then the researchers measured levels of BPA in the bodies of their children every year. At the age of three years, the children's parents were asked to fill out a survey on children's behavior, such as anxiety, depression, aggression and hyperactivity, and other behavioral disturbances associated with the ability to control emotions.
Almost all respondents, both the mother and her child, has a concentration of 2 micrograms of BPA per liter in the urine. However, in women during pregnancy found increased concentrations of BPA, it turns out his son has a behavior disorder score higher.
Bishpenol-A itself is a chemical that is widely used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Plastics are commonly used to make food containers, toys, and consumer goods. While the resin is often used as a coating the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle caps, even the water pipes.
Although the dangers of BPA are still debated, but few studies that have linked BPA exposure to health hazards to the fetus or child should be a concern.
It's quite a lot of research that documents the effects of toxin exposure during pregnancy on the fetus. Even the U.S. health department and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) acknowledges that "there is special concern" for BPA and recommended to reduce exposure.
Avoiding the dangers of plastic
- Certainly it is difficult to determine, what kind of plastic containers or plastic containers your food. The best, minimize use of plastic. For example if you want to buy a meatball or other foods, use a hamper like the old days. May be less practical. But, for the sake of health, why not?
- Note the expiration dates of food. Do not be consumed if the expiry date has passed the limit. Similarly, if there is any discrepancy flavor or aroma, and appearance of the food (or drink) despite expiry limit has not been reached.
- If you want a microwave oven heats food premises, use of glass containers.
- If you want to choose a limp plastic (flexible) to cover food, choose a dilabelnya listed polyethylene.
- Container or packaging for food or cold drinks (eg for ice cream, and the like) should not be used for food or hot drinks. Because, the only suitable plastic containers for food or drinks cold (low temperature). Do not also warm the food (eg, steaming vegetables) by using this plastic container.