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Ever wonder what the numbers on plastics mean? PDF Print E-mail
Written by sonia stephens   
Saturday, December 13 2008
1 - Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) - soda bottles, cosmetic packages
2 - High-Density polyethylene (HDPE) - milk & water jugs, shampoo & detergent bottles
3 - Polyvinyl chloride (PVC or V) - shampoo, cooking oil, liquor & mouthwash bottles
4 - Low-Density polyethylene (LDPE) - squeezable bottles (i.e., cosmetics & toiletries)
5 - Polypropylene (PP) - used for foods that must be packaged hot (i.e., pancake syrup)
6 - Polystyrene (PS) - used to package products not sensitive to oxygen (i.e., tablets, ointments)
7 - Other plastics - includes mixed plastics which can not be recycled

Source - "The Green Consumer", Joel Makower, Penguin Books 1993
Last Updated ( Saturday, December 13 2008 )
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