Toxic Plastic Numbers #3,4,5,6,7

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Toxic Plastic Numbers #3,4,5,6,7

“Resin ID Codes.”

Each number (1 through 6) signifies a specific type
of plastic and usually appears inside a small triangle (often formed by
three adjoining arrows) imprinted on the bottom of a plastic item.  The
number “7” is used to represent a group of other plastics or
combinations of plastics.

Lax regulations

“The use of these chemicals is totally
unregulated internationally,” Cooper said. “So even if there is a
voluntary agreement in domestic markets, the cheap stuff from
developing countries or export processing zones makes it on to our
shelves and into our homes.”

Among the more worrying materials
for contaminate leaching is PVC (polyvinyl chloride), commonly referred
to as vinyl. The chemicals leached during the PVC lifecycle include
mercury, dioxins and phthalates. PVC is used in numerous consumer
products, including adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, solvents,
automotive plastics, plastic clothing, personal-care products (such as

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