2 thoughts on “The Trash Trap: The misconception of the recycling symbol

  1. This is a really good reading! I do have one question, though. It may be slightly irrelevant…

    I work at Target and I always see these bottles that claim to be “BPA-free.” Like you said, the universal recycling logo is only a marketing logo, which is a great wake-up call, by the way. What about the “BPA-free” bottles? How do I know it’s not really a lure for gullible customers (unfortunately, like me?)

    Ya know, there are so many products out there that are really misleading, like 99% fat free food.

    Anyway, looks like I’m going to have to buy glass containers later on. :)

    • While the recycling logo is often misrepresented, the dangers associated with BPA (Bisphenol A) are very real and need to be acknowledged. The organic chemical has the ability to exert weak, but detectable hormone-like properties that potentially could be hazardous to human health.

      Futhermore, in 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported a variety of concerns in regard to the relationship between BPA and the potential harms it can cause to fetuses, infants, and young children.

      BPA has since been listed as a toxic substance in Canada and the European Union, both of which banned its usage it in the production of baby bottles.

      It is critical, especially when shopping for young children and infants, to identify and avoid products that contain this chemical. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services “plastics that are marked with recycle codes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.”

      I hope this helps! We appreciate your readership.

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