Drastic plastic

We recently discovered the science series Made By Destruction. I like Tony Hirst’s cheerful narration, and also, I must admit, the techno-influenced soundtrack. (Hunting for the album on CD but having no luck so far 🙂  )

Made by Destruction often features factories that process various types of plastic, and this appeals to my anorak-y nature. I just have to know the meaning of all those numbers inside the triangle of arrows on so many items in our home (everyone’s homes, that is) and whether they are all recyclable.

My research (ie, Shana’s trawling through endless web links) reveals that we had been using empty mineral water bottles totally wrongly. Water bottles are mostly made of PET (deep breath: Polyehtylene teraphthalate. There’s one for the spelling bee if you dare 🙂  ) PET bottles should not be reused because of concerns over hygiene and also the possible leaching of chemicals into the contents of the bottle. We had, for a brief time, reused our PET bottles by filling them with filtered tap water. Never again. (Actually, we stopped using filtered tap water a fair while ago.)

A quick guide to types of plastic  also highlights some other plastics villains, including the evil Bisphenol-A, more commonly known by his friendly nickname BPA. One to avoid at all costs. If you’re anything like me, after you read that page you’ll be looking at the plastic number triangles on everything in sight. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Meanwhile, we’re ditching all the plastic in the house. Chucking the biros and reverting to using pencils; braving the cold by discarding uPVC windows in favour of nice wooden frames; and of course, as all our computer gear has plastic casings, that must be the end of the blog 😦

Yeah, as if! 🙂


2 thoughts on “Drastic plastic

  1. Pingback: Plastics – to Use, or Not to Use . . . | The Night Owl

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