Recycling Code #6

Recycling Code #6 PS (polystyrene)


Most Common Uses:

PS is commonly used in disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles, compact disc cases toys, flower pots, video cassettes, ashtrays, trunks, beverage/food coolers, beer cups, wine and champagne cups, carry-out food containers, Styrofoam.

Health Risks:

The risks are high. Evidence suggests polystyrene can leach potential toxins into foods. Styrene oligomers in polystyrene containers used for food packaging have been found to migrate into the food. Another Japanese study conducted on wild-type and AhR-null mice found that the styrene trimer, which the authors detected in cooked polystyrene container-packed instant foods, may increase thyroid hormone levels.

Microwaving food in polystyrene is controversial. although some containers may claim to be safely used in a microwave, (if labelled as such) some sources suggest that foods containing carotene (Vitamin A) or cooking oils be avoided.

Never, Never, NEVER HEAT FOOD IN Polystyrene (Styrofoam) !!!!! highly recommends that you store food and water in glass or stainless-steel containers whenever possible.

 Do your best to limit exposure to plastics with codes 1, 3, 6, or 7

 Never Use Products with 3 or 7

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