Know Your Recycling Codes

1 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, PETE)

Uses:

in soft drink bottles, water, beer,
mouthwash, catsup, salad dressing bottles, peanut butter, pickle, jelly, & jam jars, as well as oven-safe plastic trays.
Recycled PET flakes are used for carpet yarns and the fabric known as polyester, polyester fleece, and micro fleece.

Dangers:

PET/PETE degrades with use & can host germs in its wrinkled surfaces, two reasons why re-using old bottles & containers is dangerous. It ontains trace amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA) Click to learn more about this.
The danger increases through use & heating but should be avoided initially as well.

2 High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Uses:

Bottles of milk, juice, water, yogurt & margerine tubs (click for info on margarine), & cereal box liners.
Costmetics, shampoo, dish & landry products
grocery, trash & retail bags.
Has a good chemical resistance.
Can be translucent or pigmented, pigmented bottles have better stress crack resistance.

Dangers:

No known problems for heath; however there is a caustic heating process used to process plastic from petroleum which can not be good for the environment or likely us.

3 Vinyl (Poly Chloride or PVC)

Uses:

Used in clear food & non-food packaging, & bottles.
in contruction pipes, insulation, write, coatings, medical tubing, etc.
Childrens toys & teethers, costemtics & shower curtains are all used with dangerous plastic softeners, such as phthalates.

Dangers:

Has strong chemical resitance, good weather ability, & stable electrical properties. However it contains chamicals, phthalates.
Chemicals can leach into food & get into peoples bodies by mouthing things, such as babies with their teethers.
Toxic chemicals called adipates & phthalates are used to soften PVC.
Vinyl chloride in PVC is a known human carcinogen.
The European Union (and NOT the U.S.) has banned the use of di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), most widely used plasticizer (softener) in childrens toys.

4 Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

Uses:

In film applications, flexible lids, & bottles.
Dry cleaning products, bread & brozen food bags, squeezable bottles (ex. Honey, mustard).

Dangers:

Unknown

5 Polypropylene (PP)

Uses:

Catsup bottles, yogurt containers, margarine tubs margerine tubs (click for info on margarine), & medicine bottles
Good for hot-fill liquids as it has good chemical resistance & a high melting point.

Dangers:

No known dangers

6 Polystyrene (PS)

Uses:

Has a low melting point.
Used in protecting packaging, containers, lids, cups, bottles, & trays.
Compact disc jackets, grocery store meat trays, egg cartons, asprin bottles, & plates.

Dangers:

No known dangers

7 Other

Uses:

3 & 5 Gallon reusable water bottles, some citrus juice & ketchup bottles.
Other uses… check your plastic products.

Dangers:

The most dangerous plastic variation, as it is a multi-layer combination which includes polycarbonate & anything else.
Polycarbonates leach the synthetic hormone BPA (click for more info on BPA).
Problems increase when container is filled with hot liquid or heated up.
However, the dangers are still high even when not heated or used with something hot.

Overview

Avoid:
codes 1 (PET/Polyethylene terephthalate)
3 (PVC/Vinyl/Polyvinyl chlorine)
6 (Polystyrene)
7 (Polycarbonate/BPA)

Use minimally:
codes 2 (HDPE/Polyethylene)
4 (LDPE)
5 (Polypropylene)

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Often times doing the right thing for ourselves is the same as doing the right thing for our environment, I think God made it that way. He knew we needed an Earth to live, & knew that we’d want to live. I’m a believer that my HP wants the best for me & that nature also is ruled by him, we are equal to it, not above it. The symbiotic relationship of nature & humanity runs deep. One of my favorite controversial books on the subject is The Secret in the Soil, check it out if you’re interested in the science of nature (it’s explained in pretty lay terms so don’t be intimidated, it’s meant to be enjoyable reading that also educates, or at least I find it as such). I hope you enjoy these pictures I’m re-blogging, they’re educational & also simply & poignantly beautiful.

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Why do Natural Cosmetics Matter?

Being a business that sells diapers who then moves to sell perfumes may seem like A to Z, not ABC, but actually I got involved in natural cosmetics (& perfumes included) when I was pregnant, when Daughter of the Moon began.

The smells of the chemical fragrances made me nauseous & I learned that they were mostly manufactured fragrances made from caustic chemicals. So I avoided all perfumes & fragrances in everything from shampoo to candles to laundry detergent, etc.

I became an avid learner & began reading & collecting books on cosmetics written by doctors & researchers who documented distinct chemical compositions of cosmetics & case studies which talked about the dangers of the unregulated cosmetics industry & what they get away with putting in our cosmetics…products we use in the shower, where are pores are open & absorb these toxins at high concentrated levels, & those that we inhale, which enter & effect our entire body through our olfactory system (our sense of smell). I began learning more of the scientific side of the argument, & began to see that my own personal preference for natural smells was relative to my body’s desire to heal itself from the chemical world. 

Natural fragrances & essential oils in particular are like safe havens for our body to enjoy, for our spirit to dance & rejoice in. I then began to explore my passions in creating my own recipes for Aromatherapy-grade cosmetics, beginning with Perfumes & Colognes in fragrant, natural oil blends.