Tuesday, September 15, 2009

How to Buy BPA-Free Anything

Since my husband's conversion to my BPA-free philosophy last Friday, we've been checking most of the plastics at home. I saw an episode of The Doctors last week (though I think it was an old episode) discussing BPA and they mentioned that one way to check if the plastic you are using is safe is to check the recycle number. I only remembered them mentioning that you should avoid products with recycle number 7.

More research yielded more information. To make sure you are buying BPA-free plastic products:

1. Check the recycle number. Avoid getting anything with recycle numbers 3, 6 or 7. Items with recycle numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 are said to be safer.
(source: http://www.ehow.com/how_2106730_buy-bpa-free-baby-bottles.html?ref=fuel)

Recycle numbers can be found inside the recycle symbol (3 arrows in the shape of a triangle) usually molded at the bottom of plastic bottles. They look like this:

For more technical information on the meaning of recycle numbers, you can check out this site that I found: http://www.earthodyssey.com/symbols.html

2. Check the label. Most BPA-free products indicate they are BPA-free in the labels.

I've been checking recycle numbers of the plastics at home and though I have 5's... most are 6's and 7's. The Starbucks water bottle I've been using for a couple of years has recycle number 7. Good thing I don't really put anything hot in it, just cold water.


stephen said...

Good post. there are a lot of concerned mothers out there.don't get too hung up on recycling code 7. this simply means 'other' ie anything not covered by codes 1 to 6. For instance copolyester, the plastic that most manufacturers are moving to from polycarbon, is completely BPA free, and is itself code 7. quiverblog on twitter gives a link to a more detailed discussion.

nicquee said...

Upon seeing the recycle numbers, I checked my tumbler right away. It has 5 in it. Hahaha!

Will check the other plastics I have at home. ;)

Thanks for sharing.

Janelle said...

@ stephen: thanks for the info regarding code number 7 :)