Plastics Labelled #7
FOUND IN many reusable “sport” water bottles, metal-lined containers (such as those used for some baby formulas and cocoa powder), 1.9-litre/ five-gallon water bottles, and most plastic baby bottles.
WHAT IT CONTAINS polycarbonate, which may contain bisphenol A.
CONCERNS Bisphenol A is a suspected hormone disrupter and has been found to stimulate prostate cancer cells. Health Canada is proposing a ban on baby bottles containing BPA.
NEXT STEPS Replace plastic baby bottles with glass, and water bottles with stainless steel or those made of high-density polyethylene— labelled #2 in the recycling symbol. (Plastics labelled #1, #2, #4 and #5 are safer than those labelled #3, #6 and #7.) Avoid putting plastics into the microwave or dishwasher.
WHAT IT MAY CONTAIN
Perfluorinated chemicals (PFC). As of February 2008, Environment Canada had no plans to ban PFC.
CONCERNS Non-stick pans may give off fumes containing TFE, a suspected carcinogen, when they get hotter than 650°F (350°C). How hot is that? Olive oil, for example, starts smoking at 410ºF (210°C), well below that level.
NEXT STEPS Don’t allow empty pans to smoulder on a hot burner.
Worn Or Pitted Pots & Pans
WHAT THEY MAY CONTAIN Aluminum.
CONCERNS Aluminum has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease. However, no definite link has been proven, and Health Canada says most Canadians do not need to worry about how much aluminum they take in.
NEXT STEPS Consider getting rid of older pots and pans, which leach the most aluminum into your food. Leafy vegetables and acidic foods, such as tomatoes, absorb the most. Anodized aluminum pots, with a hard non-stick surface, are a better choice.