Plastic

  • Author:
    Betty Kovacs, MS, RD

    Betty is a Registered Dietitian who earned her B.S. degree in Food and Nutrition from Marymount College of Fordham University and her M.S. degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She is the Co-Director and Director of nutrition for the New York Obesity Research Center Weight Loss Program.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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What should I do when using plastics?

Plastic is a part of our lives and will not be leaving anytime soon. Professor Fredrick S. vom Saal, a professor of biology at the University of Missouri, recommends using plastic items made with number 2 (high-density polyethylene) or 5 (polypropylene). When using the other plastics, follow these guidelines:

  • Recycle, do not reuse: Use the product only for what it was intended for. Do not reuse bottles or microwave trays if they were not made to be reused.
  • Keep the heat away from BPA: Do not warm bottles made with BPA in the stove or microwave, don't put boiling water in them, and do not place them in the dishwasher.

The key to using plastic safely is to use it as it is recommended.

Where can I find more information on plastics?

Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/NCEA/iris/subst/0356.htm

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/releases/2007/bisphenol.cfm

American Chemistry Council
http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_plastics/index.asp

Plastic Alternative Links:

http://www.reusablebags.com/

BPA free bottles and sippy cups
http://www.newbornfree.com/

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/3/2015

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