Plastic Types and Classifications

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After reading the above article on plastic types, it has become apparent that the issue of plastic causing destruction is not quite so simple. There are numerous types and variations, and each has its own unique characteristics.

1: Plastic labeled with this number can often take on the scent of what was stored inside of it, and is common to recycle. Some of your favorite household items may use this kind of plastic, such as a peanut butter jar or comb.

2: This type of plastic is considered to be very safe and very common. It may be used of soap bottles or even a water bottle, and can be recycled.

3: A plastic labeled with a 3 is often used for plumbing pipes and is not frequently recycled. It is considered very harmful if it is injected.

4: In some areas, this kind of plastic is recyclable. It is frequently used for products to store food such as a sandwich bag or plastic wrap, and is not known to release dangerous chemicals into the items inside of it.

5: This is a more durable kind of plastic, yeti so not as commonly accepted for recycling. It is commonly found in Tupperware or tools like ice scrapers that greatly vary in temperature.

6: It is highly innefient to recycle this kind of plastic. Items such as plastic cutlery and styrofoam are made using this plastic.

7: The plastic items that fall into this category differ greatly from the othe six types. They are difficult to recycle and make items such as baby bottles and large water bottles.

It is important to know the different types of plastic in order to consider the difficulty in how it is recycled. Each can be thought of when making simple purchases.

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