We know that plastics aren’t so healthy for us, but going without plastic in the home, particularly in the kitchen, is a bit impractical for most of us.
The Environmental Working Group has released its latest tip sheet helping us choose safer plastics for use around the home. If you’re wondering what I’m on about (plastics are safe, right?) the EWG briefly explains why plastics may be hazardous to our health.
Most plastic products are numbered (usually near the recycle symbol or on the bottom somewhere nondescript). As a quick guide, the EWG recommend staying away from plastics numbered 3 or 7 or labelled PVC or PC.
Plastics labelled 1, 2, 4 or 5 don’t contain the chemical bisphenol-A and are better choices than the ones above.
The tip sheet also include safe handling ideas like not microwaving plastic (even ‘microwave safe’ plastic) and not to let babies chew plastic products like the remote control.
Of course, the safest alternative is to use as little plastic as possible, and the tip sheet gives some alternatives to common plastic products around the home.
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.