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This Is What You Need To Check Whenever You Buy Bottled Water!
Below are 7 common recycling symbols and their meanings:
Number 1 Plastics — PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate)
It is most commonly used plastic found in water bottles and soft drinks bottles. This type of plastic is intended for one time use. PETE plastic should not be reused because cleaning detergents and high temperatures can cause chemicals to leach out of the plastic into the water. These chemicals can have a significant effect on our health. Recycling rates of this plastic is relatively low (around 20 percent).
Number 2 Plastics — HDPE (high density polyethylene)
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a polyethylene thermoplastic made from petroleum. HDPE is hard, opaque and can remain unaffected by high temperatures. This plastic practically releases no chemicals, therefore no health concerns for consumers. These bottles are highly recommended by experts when buying bottled water. HDPE plastics also have one of the highest recycling rates.
Number 3 Plastics — V (Vinyl) or PVC
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a thermoplastic polymer. These type plastic is commonly found in window cleaner and detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles. Plastic bottles labeled with 3V or PVC is highly hazardous and should be avoided. It discharges 2 toxic chemicals that influence the hormones in body. These type of plastics are rarely recycled.