HDPE, or High Density Polyethylene, is a hard, durable plastic used in milk jugs and detergent bottles, and is marked by a number ‘2’ in the chasing arrows recycling emblem. HDPE is manufactured from petroleum, and causes damage to the environment in its production through the use of non-renewable resources and carbon emissions as well as the creation of other chemical pollutants. It is also not bio-degradeable, so HDPE litter damages the environment as well. HDPE plastics that are thrown out create toxic fumes when incinerated in landfills.
HDPE (High density Polyethylene) plastics often contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) which has been discussed at length here at GreenAnswers, if you use the search you can find a lot mroe information. But basically, BPA can leach into the food and drink that HDPE plastic containers hold, entering human systems. In high quantities BPA is linked to cancers and pregnancy/development issues, BPA-free products are now much more common as growing concern is provoked by the masses.
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