Picking Plastic? The Green Guide Cracks the Codes

January 2005
Ascribe Newswire: Health;1/27/2005, p9
The article informs that in a perfect world, the ideal plastic container would be non-petroleum-based, non-leaching, reusable and recyclable or biodegradable. But for the moment, most consumer plastics are made from a variety of petroleum-based resins, which are classified in the seven recycling codes seen in the triangle on the bottom of containers. A new generation of polyactide (PLA) plastics made from corn rather than petroleum may improve the situation. PLA is biodegradable, and, commercially, PLA single-use food containers and plastic wraps are now available.


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