Disadvantages Of Plastic Essay

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As you are reading this article, you may find several plastic items within your reach, your computer or phone, a pen, maybe an old food container in your kitchen. Today, plastic is everywhere in our lives. It has become an icon of convenience culture.


Before we take a call whether plastic we are using is safe or not, it is important to understand different type of plastics. Society of plastic industry has grouped plastics into 7 different categories & separate code called “SPI” is given to each plastic, which is marked in triangle symbol at the bottom of each plastic bottle.

SPI Code #1:

Plastic marked with an SPI code of 1 is made with polyethylene terephthalate, which is also known as PETE or PET. PETE-based containers
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HDPE products are very safe and are not known to leach any chemicals into foods or drinks. (However, due to the risk of contamination from previously held substances, please note: it is NEVER safe to reuse an HDPE bottle as a food or drink container if it didn’t originally contain food or drink!) HDPE products are commonly…show more content…
Many personalized toys are made from this plastic as well.

Recycled HDPE is used to make plastic crates, plastic lumber, fencing, and more.

Impression: Good to use. Not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones.


SPI Code #3:

Plastic labeled with an SPI code of 3 is made with polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. PVC is not often recycled and can be harmful if ingested.

Common Use:

PVC is used for all kinds of pipes and tiles, but it 's most commonly found in plumbing pipes. This kind of plastic should not come in contact with food items.

Recycled PVC is used to make flooring, mobile home skirting, and other industrial-grade items.

Impression: Avoid using it as it contains plasticisers such as DEHA or phthalates that can leach into food.


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