This topic was pretty highly discussed a couple years ago when information first started surfacing about the possible negative effects of Bisphenol A (BPA).
BPA is used in many products including:
- Canned foods
- Water bottles
- Baby bottles
- Plastic containers labeled a 3 or 7 (I will explain this further down the post)
Due to questions in the 2008 about the effects of BPA on lab mice. This CNN video is from 2009 when the issue first became a more serious concern:
Since 2009 the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Food and Drug Administration have released more safety information on BPA. Both sites see a higher reason for alarm in fetuses and children exposed to higher levels of BPA.
Avoiding BPA products:
- Use *glass containers* when possible
- Look for the number 2 on plastic containers (considered the safest, reusable plastic)
- Throw out plastics containing BPA with scratches
- Avoid plastic numbers 3 & 7 or non-numbered plastics
This CNN video from 2011 explains the risks seen in high exposure to the fetus and children:
As the above video pointed out, within the recycling symbol on the bottom of plastic containers there is a number. This number explains which type of plastic is being used to create the container.
What the recycling number means:
Image via chandrawijaya.com
If this picture is too difficult to see or you want more information on the subject, EcoVillageGreen, does a good job of explaining the number system and what to avoid.