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Plastic: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Check the number on the plastic:

The BAD GuysAvoid containers with these numbers

#7 BPA (bisphenol-A): a chemical in polycarbonate plastic used in baby bottles, sports bottles, and metal can linings.

#3 PVC (polyvinyl chloride): a plastic containing phthalates, which can interfere with hormonal development. Some commercial plastic wraps (used by grocery meat departments) are made of PVC.

#6 Polystyrene: a carcinogen used in Styrofoam cups, meat trays, and clamsheel containers. Don't heat or store takeout food in its clamshell.

The GOOD Guys — Containers with these numbers are OK

#1 PET (polyethylene terephthalate): used in clear beverage bottles

#2 High-density polyethylene: used in milk jugs

#4 Low-density polyethylene: used for food storage bags and squeeze bottles

#5 Polypropylene: used in drinking straws and yogurt containers