Anthony and Stork would like to remind parents of which plastic containers are safe to use. When purchasing or reusing plastic containers, be mindful of the numbers located next to the broken triangle made of arrows. Here you will find a number between 1 and 7. These numbers are codes to tell you what the plastic is made from.
Items made of PVC and PS are coded with numbers 3 and 6; these have the highest likelihood of leaking hazardous chemicals. Containers made from Polycarbonate have the number 7. You can typically tell when a plastic is polycarbonate because it is a softer plastic.
Plastics with the numbers 1, 2, and 4 are made from polyethylene; those with a number 5 are made from polypropylene. These are safe alternatives for plastic containers. If you chooses to use plastic, remember that they should not be used in the dishwasher or microwave. Any exposure to heat will likely cause it to leak chemicals. Even if it the package reads “microwave safe,” it simply means that the plastic will not melt under extreme conditions.
As always, we would encourage you to stay away from plastic and use glass or lead-free ceramic. As a rule of thumb, remember to only use baby bottles free of Bispehnol-A.
Tip: If you like to package lettuce or salads in the fridge for the next day or later use; the lettuce will not wilt and hold up better in a mason jar.
It’s a go!
Plastics 1, 2, 4 and 5.
It’s a no-go.
Plastics 3, 6, and 7.