Types of plastics and issues:
- Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE or polyester)
- High density polyethylene (HDPE)
- Polyvinyl chloride (V or Vinyl or PVC)
- Low density polyethylene (LDPE)
- Polypropylene (PP)
- Polystyrene (PS)
- Acetaldehyde which has been linked to:
- DNA damage
- Abnormal muscle development
- Alzheimer's and is listed as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer
Danger from plastic type 2: HDPE is one of the types of plastics that does NOT contain BPA (bisphenol A) or other commonly found toxic Research on Cancer
- Endocrines disruption
- Fetal development
- Breast or testicular cancers
Vinyl chloride, linked to:
- Liver, lung, and kidney damage
- Decrease in normal reproduction function
- Brain, lung, and blood cancers
- Ground and water pollution
Dioxins, which have been linked to:
- Reproductive issues
- Developmental problems
- Hormone disruption
- Immune impairment
- And is a known human carcinogen
The #3 types of plastics often contain BPA. BPA has been linked to developmental issues during pregnancy and childhood, linking it to birth defects and neurological disorders.
Type 4: LDPE is sourced for fossil fuels and therefore not renewable, as well as not being biodegradable and poses a large issue for the environment since most LDPE (such as plastic bags) do don’t get to recycle.
Type 5: Scientists have found that PP can leach two chemical compounds (quaternary ammonium biocides and oleamide) that interrupt human enzymes and brain receptors.
Type 6: Polystyrene contains both styrene and benzene, two dangerous chemical compounds linked to human health risks. Styrene has been shown to be toxic to the nervous system, hematological, cytogenetic, carcinogenic, and disruptive to menstrual cycles. Benzene is a known carcinogen, particularly leukemia (cancer of the blood), and linked to anemia, excessive bleeding, and other blood disorders, irregular menstrual cycles, low birth weight, bone marrow damage, and more.
Type 7: plastics can be a variety of plastics, making it hard to determine their safety. And according to the Environmental Working Group, it often consist of polycarbonate, the plastic most likely to contain BPA (bisphenol A), which impacts development during pregnancy and childhood,12 BPA has been linked to neurological disorders, is an endocrine disruptor, and also tied to asthma, breast cancer, heart disease, leukemia, prostate cancer and other issues, obesity, testicular cancer, thyroid issues, and more.
Recycling metals and Paper: