Plastics have become part of daily life. Plastics have been a lot made into a variety of household items or for other uses. The cause of much use of plastic is the cheap price and not broken. Plastics are also often used as food containers. This can endanger our health when we are not careful look at the materials we use plastic. But if we are a bit careful, we can know whether the plastic that we use is dangerous or not.
Thing we noticed was that normally look at the code contained in the bottom of plastic containers. The code indicates what type of plastic material it is made. The code in the form of a triangle that consists of 3 arrows or the letter which stands for a maker of plastic materials. By knowing the type of plastic raw materials, we can know whether these types of foods or not dangerous.
Here are the codes that are worth noting:
1: Polyethylene Terephalate (PET / PETE)
Usually a beverage container from the mineral with transparent colors. This container is especially intended disposable. Because the longer it is in the packaging, the chemical content of the more soluble.
2: High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Typically used as packaging materials of drugs or cosmetics.
3: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Is the most dangerous substances. Often used as a channel of water, building materials, sometimes used as toys for children. To the parents can pay attention to toys for children because children under the age of
4: Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Usually used to wrap vegetables and frozen meat.
5: Polypropylene (PP)
Used for packaging food, beverages, margarine, shampoo bottles or baby bottles.
6: Polystyrene (PS)
Polystyrene is a substance that is harmful to the body. If oily foods are heated in the container, styrene can migrate into food, then use this material as food containers are not recommended. Form of Styrofoam cups and plates of food that has long been considered as a cause of cancer, spoons and forks,
7: Other Categories
Included in this category is a plastic material that is not included in the 6 categories above. In this category, including Polycarbonate is also harmful to the body. However, there is also a good material for the environment because it can be parsed, called the plastic made from corn flour, potatoes, sugar cane.
Food that is safe to use is coded 2,4,5. For No.7 code because it does not clearly notified of what materials are made, it must be so noted and sought to know from what materials palstik was made. While for the other codes we should use as recommended in order not to endanger our health.