Whenever possible, do not buy anything in plastic. But if you must get something in a plastic container (water, yogurt, milk, vegetables, meat etc), remember this little mantra: ''4,5,1,2, all the rest is bad for you.''
  • 3: contains phthalates, lead, BPA, dioxins, mercury, cadmium. Associated with carcinogens, hormone disruptors and adverse health effects
  • 6: contains styrene (nervous system toxicant, associated with adverse effects on red blood cells, liver, kidneys and stomach in animal studies.
  • 7: contains polycarbonates, which are made with BPA (bisphenol A)- a hormone disruptor linked to early onset of puberty, obesity, recurrent miscarriages, decreased sperm count, and associated with breast and prostate cancers.
4,5,1,2 are considered to be relatively safe. But since polycarbonate bottles were considered great just a few years ago, and I drank from them, and gave them to my kids to take to school... maybe I'll just stay on the safe side and try to use anything but plastic, in case one of these days they find something wrong with the other numbers. It's just a matter of studies, since they are done after the products are put on the market, instead of before.

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