Plastic Leaching

@Modestah (11192)
United States
May 13, 2007 6:16pm CST
You probably already know that plastics will leach out cancer causing properties into foods when they are heated. But, did you also know that freezing foods in plastic has the same problem?I used to love to put my water jugs into the freezer and as the hot summer day wore on my nice icy cold water would be on the ready for me. Can't do that anymore!I think the plastics with a low reduce/reuse/recycle number are more dangerous (more likely to leach) than those with a higher number of say 7. of course milks and most of our drinks come in 1's! and the recycle promoters promoted the low numbers to be made and purchased more often due to the ease for recycling them.
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@ladyljs (1303)
• United States
13 May 07
I had heard of this, but didn't know the numbers! I wish that we would go back to cardboard milk containers, they were so much easier to use and store, and better for our environment too!
• Philippines
17 May 07
yes, i agree with you that the cardboard containers are friendly enough for all of us. it is bad that the world has turned to plastics too much for containing almost all sorts of food.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
14 May 07
I have heard this too and then I heard that it was not true. You just dont know what to believe and what now to believe any more. The intenet is great but it can also pass on false information too. Wonder how one would go about finding out if this were true or not? Do you have the source of the information? I really do want to know if it is true or not. If it is, then my plastic is going to the local thrift store.
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• United States
14 May 07
I did not mean to be rude. I just like to have facts. Now you mentioned John Hopkins and I do trust them. Thanks for taking the time to share this with me. I am just so leary of things posted online. I always check them out to verify that it is for real. I really do appreciate you takint the time to tell where the info came from. I hope I did not offend you. That was not my intention.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
14 May 07
oh no, on the contrary - thank you for asking, I did not find the other website again but was able to get the other perspective from the John Hopkins spokes person. That is a good thing. Thank you for asking, I did not get offended in the least nor did I see anything rude in your post. (((hug)))
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• United States
14 May 07
Please pardon my interruption, but you have it backwards. The LEAST harmful plastics are the LOWEST numbers. The HIGHER the number, the MORE toxic. ****However!!!!***** #3 is an exception! Read on... Here's some info: Least toxic: 1 - soda and soft drink containers. The most popular, and the least harmful. 2 - milk and water jugs, shampoo bottles, detergent and grocery produce bags 4 - plastic wrap, heavy weight plastic bags 5 - clouded plastic product, like yogurt contains and baby bottles Most Toxic: 3 - PVC. Used in shower curtains, some plumbing pipes, shower curtains, vinyl toys and squeeze bottles. 6 - Styrofoam -used in egg cartons and disposable coffee cups, carry-out containers, and opaque plastic cutlery 7 - an old plastic that was used for baby bottles, sippy cups, clear plastic cutlery, etc. A good reason not to use old plastics that might have been stored for a long time. For more info go to: http://grassrootsinfo.org/plastics.html I hope this has cleared up any misinformation.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
14 May 07
thank you for the clarification. I appreciate it.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
14 May 07
I guess most of those we would not be heating up or freezing in - except of course for the to go coffee cups - good reason to bring along a thermos and a metal mug. I wonder about the plastic or foam to go soda fountain cups.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
14 May 07
Does this include those plastic baggies (like ziploc?) I'm in SERIOUS trouble if that's the case. My freezer is full of ziploc storage bags! LOL!
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
14 May 07
that is what I am wondering, I am hoping that someone would know the answer.
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@Lucille7 (509)
• South Africa
14 May 07
Yes I have heard of this... and here in South Africa we are trying to promote not to re-use your plastic containers, however, plastic is so convenient as glass breaks easily, and is very expensive as well... It is rather sad what is happening to our environment. We can get milk in Cardboard containers for example, but then the milk tastes like cardboard... and now milk is getting more expensive and we have a shortage of it... Ja, well! We just have to do the best we can with the resources and knowledge we have... Great posting!
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
14 May 07
I have never heard this..can you sent me to a site to learn more about it?
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
14 May 07
Wonderful. I freeze in ziplocs, plastic containers and anything else that will freeze without allowing air or bursting. I guess I am doomed to get cancer. According to all the things that cause it, I don't stand a snowman's chance!
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
13 May 07
I would like to store things in glass, but it is more expensive and it breaks.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I recently heard on the Today show that the numbers most harmful is the 3,6,7 numbered ones and whats worse alot of things aren't even numbered and just as harmful. I totally cleaned out those numbered bottles from my house. I didn't know about the freezing thing or the heating thing really I freeze water and pop(to make it slushy) all the time guess now I will try to use something different. Aluminum cans aren't any better they are linked to memory loss and Altimers(OOps! excuse spelling) disease. Is there anyhting safe anymore?
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
19 Apr 08
oh thanks for letting us know which numbers to be leary of the most!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Glad to be of some help. I went to my moms yesterday and cleared hers out to that were 3,6,7 better safe then sorry and all we lose are a few bottles and bowls. I am going to try to slowly replace with all glass things before long it will take awhile but if it is healthier then it must be done eventually. We work so hard at keeping helathy in other ways be a shame to find out that your plastic is what is causing a few health problems.
@grayangel (274)
• United States
13 May 07
It seems like everything will give you cancer now A days!; I ate from a plastic container, I got cancer! I ate too many big mac's and got cancer, I smoked and I got cancer! Oy! I have been eating from plastics a long time. I guess I am going to die. God soon everyone will be living in plastic bubbles. Oh, wait that might cause cancer...
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
14 May 07
especially on a very sunny and hot day, huh?
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• United States
14 May 07
or a very cold day, because freezing does the same.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Wow--just noticed this discussion even though it's a year old. I've been just really learning about the dangers of plastics especially those used for beverages, like milk, water, soda, you name it, and you're right, the #1 are "supposed" to be safe but only for one time usage. I have to admit I've been guilty of reusing the small water bottles, thinking I was doing my little part to not constantly buy small water bottles and just reuse/refill them not realizing in the process I've been practically poisoning myself in the process. And yes, been reading how dangerous it is to heat anything up in these plastics, but wow, didn't know about the freezing thing as I've done that myself...freeze water in the bottles so have a iced cold beverage on those hot summer days---I hope to get one of those legit refillable bottles like Brita, but yikes they're expensive!
• Philippines
17 May 07
this is such bad news. i have been using plastic containers to house the food items that i keep in the refrigerator and freezer. perhaps i will buy more tupperwares again. these are plastics which have been made from edible sources. the disadvantage with tupperware items involves their being eatable for pests and some insects. the stainless steel ones become difficult to open when frozen. thank you for having shared this information with us, modestah.
@mahmah (436)
• United States
14 May 07
here is a link for you to check out: http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/petbottles.asp and at the very bottom of the page there is another link that might help: http://www.jhsph.edu/PublicHealthNews/articles/Halden_dioxins.html Really all should read this information to end any unnecessary worry. Enjoy.