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If you at least once drank hot tea or coffee, pouring them into a disposable glass , then we sympathize with you, you used poison. Scientists conducted a special experiment, poured vodka into one plastic glass and hot tea into another. After a while, we checked the drinks and found that in both glasses there was no longer tea and vodka, but an unhealthy chemical solution. 

In many developed countries, they have long abandoned the use of plastic dishes , having successfully replaced them with paper, and in our country the market for plastic dishes is growing at an incredible pace, despite the fact that doctors and environmentalists warn that disposable tableware can cause serious harm to health and the environment. 

Indeed, in our country there are no collection points for plastic utensils, and once in the ground, it does not decompose there until 100 years.

Manufacturers of plastic utensils claim that their products are absolutely safe, you just need to use it strictly for its intended purpose. They insist that disposable tableware should never be washed and reused, as it is intended for serving cold dishes in fast food restaurants, snack bars and summer cafes. When reused in plastic dishes, the protective outer layer is damaged and carcinogenic substances get into the food, which are added to the plastic to make it strong and strong. Among these substances there are many toxic ones, for example, formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, phenol and other chemical decomposition products. 

Of course, all these toxic substances do not cause instant poisoning, but they gradually accumulate in the body and cause allergies, cancers and other life-threatening diseases.  

Low cost, ease and a prostate in operation do plastic ware convenient and practical. Therefore, it is used wherever there is no possibility or desire to wash the dishes. However, you can’t store food and warm food in disposable dishes, and you should also not eat foods packed in plastic and buy baby food in plastic packaging without a special need.   

It is not recommended to keep water in jug filters for a long time. In the evening and in the morning it is necessary to replace it with fresh. If the walls of the water jug ​​become cloudy, it must be thrown away immediately. A special danger to health is the dishes made of melamine, which looks very similar to porcelain.  

Many housewives still store butter in beautiful brightly colored melamine nipples, not even suspecting that formaldehyde is released when it comes into contact with fats from melamine utensils and the oil becomes hazardous to health. Melamine is a plastic that contains a lot of formaldehyde resins, so you can’t use such dishes even for serving cold soups and main dishes.  

Of course, these days we can no longer completely abandon the use of plastic . Given this circumstance, scientists have developed a special international labeling of plastic, paying attention to which, when buying food and drinks in plastic packaging, you can protect your health from the harmful effects of substances in its composition. Marking plastic is a triangle formed by arrows. A number is written inside this triangle, and under it are letters indicating the type of plastic. Remember, if you see:  

– the number 1 inside the triangle and the letters “PETE” under it, this means that the plastic dishes are made of polyethylene terephthalate. Usually bottles of soda water, milk, dairy products, cosmetics and vegetable fat are made from this type of plastic. Reheating and using this dishware again (for example, pouring milk or jam into bottles from carbonated drinks, as many villages do).  

– the number 5 inside the triangle and the letters “PP” under it, then you have the safest polypropylene dishes. Caps for bottles, packaging film, dishes for the microwave and dishes for hot dishes are made from it. You can drink hot tea and coffee from polypropylene glasses, but vodka is not allowed. In contact with alcohol, polypropylene releases formaldehyde. For the same reason, you cannot heat food in plastic bags in microwave ovens, as many do.  

– the number 6 inside the triangle and the letters “PS” under it – marking disposable polystyrene dishes. In addition to disposable tableware, cups for yoghurts, food trays and electrical insulation tape are made from this type of plastic. Use plastic dishes of this marking only for serving cold drinks and food. Put hot foods, pour hot drinks and alcohol into them. Often instant products are sold in plastic polystyrene packaging; do not try to pour them with a hot drink directly in this packaging. First transfer the products to a ceramic or porcelain plate and only then fill them with boiling water.  

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