Plastic #3 (PVC)

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Avoid PVC Plastic

Several harmful chemicals are produced in the manufacturing or disposal of plastic #3, such as lead, DEHA and vinyl chloride. These can lead to various health risks, such as birth defects, hormone disorders and cancer. We can also consume these chemicals after they work their way into the environment. Learn more from this PDF from PBS. It is best for your health to avoid plastic #3.


Don't Cook With Plastic #3

Due to its adverse health effects, plastic #3 should be kept away from heat and not used to store food. Common objects made with plastic #3 include crystal or cling wrap, cooking oil bottles and some clear food packaging.

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What Items Are Made From Plastic #3?

Items made from plastic #3 include PVC or vinyl items such as kids’ toys, crystal or cling wrap, plastic squeeze bottles, window cleaner bottles, vegetable oil bottles, shower curtains, plastic pipes, flooring, siding, and window and door frames.

Toxic Toys

Many toys are made from PVC plastic and so could pose a serious health risk to children. While industry groups claim that their toys are safe, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice has found the opposite is true. It is always safer to avoid plastic #3 because of its toxicity.