Numbered Triangular Symbols
What do they mean?
If you've ever wondered what the numbers and symbols at the bottom of plastic bottles and containers mean, then continue reading! It's time to learn about the plastics you use daily and what impact they have on you and the environment.
Every plastic container includes a recycling symbol which includes a triangle with a number ranging from 1 to 7. These symbols can offer a lot of information on the item that you're using, including how bio-degradable it is and how safe it is in terms of toxicity.
#1 – PETE or PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
Plastic including the number '1' inside the triangle is often clear and used to make bottles. Although it's considered safe, bacteria are known to accumulate inside it.
When recycled, this plastic is turned into tote bags, furniture, carpeting, panelling, fiber and polar fleece.
#2 – HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)
This plastic, labelled as number '2', is opaque, is considered to be safe and has a low risk of leaching. It's found in household cleaning containers, shampoo bottles, detergent bottles, etc...
This plastic is recycled into pens, containers, benches and fencing amongst others.
#3 – PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
PVC is a soft, flexible plastic which is used in food wrapping, cooking oil bottles and children's toys. It's invulnerable to sunlight and weather so it's used to make window frames and garden hoses too.
#4 – LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene)
LDPE is found in squeezable bottles, the plastic used to package bread and plastic grocery bags..
#5 – PP (Polypropylene)
This plastic is tough, light and has heat-resistant qualities so it's often used as a barrier against moisture, grease and chemicals. It's used commonly to package cereal and other food items.
#6 – PS (Polystyrene)
This is an inexpensive, light and easily-produced plastic often used to make disposable styrofoam take-out food containers, picnic cutlery and the foam in shipping boxes.
By applying these codes to products, individuals can use plastic to their advantages whilst minimizing the damages on their health and the planet.
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