Monday, January 10, 2011

What do those numbers on Plastic bottles mean?

You'll find these numbers on just about any plastic container you have.  Here is what they mean.


Poly(ethylene terephthalate):  Soda bottles, water bottles, vinegar bottles, medicine containers, backing for photography film.



High-density Polyethylene:  Containers for:  laundry/dish detergent, fabric softeners, bleach, milk, shampoo, conditioner, motor oil. Newer bullet proof vests, various toys.



Poly(vinyl cloride):  Pipes, shower curtains, meat wraps, cooking oil bottles, baby bottle nipples, shrink wrap, clear medical tubing, vinyl dashboards and seat covers, coffee containers.



Low-density Polyethylene:  Wrapping films, grocery bags, sandwich bags.



Polypropylene:  Tupperware®, syrup bottles, yogurt tubs, diapers, outdoor carpet.



Polystyrene:  Coffee cups, disposable cutlery and cups (clear and colored), bakery shells, meat trays, "cheap" hubcaps, packing peanuts, styrofoam insulation.



The hotdog of plastics!  Products labeled as "other" are made of any combination of 1-6 or another, less commonly used plastic.

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