Plastic offers consumers the benefit is phenomenal – lightweight and durable – which have resulted in minimal costs for transportation and foodstuffs can be stored hygienically for longer than most other means.
The very nature of how plastics are produced periodically may cause concerns about any cross contamination into food and drinks consumed by humans. The Centre for Food Safety, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has produced a simple guide on how plastics can be used safely and hygienically, including how to make the most of plastic in the home that offers durable use.
Good news for the industry that Tritan, the latest plastic material technology, is another your option. Specifically developed for the Infant Care market, Tritan becomes a hit in the market. Today we will go through what is Tritan? What is number stand for by 7 code of plastic? Which category should Tritan be? Then we will also introduce what other plastic canister suggested to use in long-term food storage.
What is Tritan Material?
Tritan was originally developed by Eastman to serve the infant care market. Intensive research and development produced a unique material that outperformed the competition in durability, aesthetics and most importantly safety. The product has been formed into robust products with the ability to deal with physical stresses applied by young children, shatterproof and has the transparency and outward look of glass.
What Is BPA and Is Tritan BPA-Free?
BPA, which is Bisphenol A, a chemical that has been in use for producing plastics since the 1960s. BPA has the ability to replicate and produce human hormones and there have been links to impotence, heart disease and problems with fertility. To be sure that your plastic products are free from BPA, look out for the “7” stamp for peace of mind.
Tritan is free from BPA, and also free of other Bisphenol compounds and does not include any chemicals that could stimulate health complaints.
So What Is Tritan Made of and the Advantage?
Eastman Tritan is a trademark copolyester. It sounds technical, and it is. Tritan developers found that just through an additional process this copolyester produced incredible results.
The Eastman Tritan offers consumers durable, robust and malleable material products that can be shaped to serve a range of needs such as a water dispenser to small ketchup and juice bottle, airtight containers that are great for storing dry produce with minimal weight.
As consumers, you are increasingly aware of sustainability and reducing waste. Titan is robust enough to cope with a large range of stresses, can be dropped many times and will not shatter.
Visibility and clarity are important for food. Using kitchen canisters made of Tritan can provide order and ease of use.
Eastman’s Tritan offers good chemical and heat resistant properties and has been independently tested for safety by a number of leading university researchers, including in the field of medicine and dentistry, ensuring that there is no presence of any hormones or anything that could stimulate hormone activity. The company continues on its quest to go beyond international standards, FDA for example, set in the food and hygiene sector.
Can Tritan Material Be Recycled?
The 1-7 numbers signify the recycling number in the plain language. Tritan belongs to number 7, where is generally the classification of new plastics. All categories are recyclable although you will need to check with your local community recycling center about to what extent.
What about the other categories of 1 – 6? Here is a simple guide:
Category #1: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET/ PETE)
PET is mostly used for beverage packing, such as water, sports drinks, vegetable oil bottle. While not harmful at low levels there have been numerous reports that found bottles exposed to sunlight, warm temperatures and have been stored for long periods of time can contain unhealthy levels of Antimony. This material is disposable. Heat resistance beyond 80C.
Category #2: High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) commonly used for milk, household cleaning products, shampoos package and grocery bags. It tends to be less translucent but considered to be relatively safe because bacteria accumulate rate is relatively low, and are proper to applying at the product with short life such as milk.
Category #3: Polyvinyl Chloride(PVC)
PVC is the most commonly known plastic. Its use is wide including toys, table cloths, shrink wrap, meat containers, padded play mats found in homes and childcare facilities and medical packs.
PVC plastic is potentially harmful to human health like PCV flooring has been linked to asthma. PVC is also easy to distort when used for hot foods or exposure to high temperatures.
Category #4: Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Typically used for bags of fresh produce, bread and frozen food and also paper cups and cartons used for takeaway drinks’ cups. There are reduced health risks with this compound like HDPE but there are still estrogen stimulating properties present should be noted.
Category #5: Polypropylene (PP)
PP can be found in the supermarkets containing yogurts and takeaway food. It has good properties to cope with warmer temperatures which makes it perfect for carrying and protecting hot food and therefore aren’t as prone to chemical leaching.
Category #6: Polystyrene (PS)
PS is hard plastic, and colorless, widely used outside of the food and drinks sector. It is no doubt a versatile material and used in plastic cups, plates, containers, bowls, and meat trays that can be found on supermarket shelves. The kitchenware made of PS can give fine detail in the shape like fork and spoon.
However, not all recycling center is able to recycle these categories, since PS manufacture process involves toxic chemical.
Category #7: Other
The plastics that don’t fit in 1-6 category will be separate in number 7, including bio-based plastics, acrylic, AS and Tritan. Number 7 category used for a variety of products like infant food canister, baby bottle, plastic tableware as well as sports water bottle.
Short Plastic Summary:
- #3 PVC, #6 PS should be avoided
- #1 PET can be recycled but shouldn’t be reused
- #07’s is quite complex. Materials such as acrylic, MS and AS are in this category, are known as BPA-free
What Other BPA-Free Plastics People Use in Food Canister?
Acrylic maintains its clear feature and doesn’t turn yellow with age, remaining its clarity and highly transparent. Acrylic is also famous as shape sculpture, which fine the kitchenware or tableware with details. Therefore, acrylic is 50% lighter than glass, easy to carry and safer more young kids to handle.
- AS (Acrylonitrile-Styrene Copolymer)
Also known as high-quality plastics, however AS is not as tough and as clear as acrylic. Therefore, AS is the cheapest material in the top popular plastic list. AS have good temperature and chemical resistance. Alternative ‘green’ plastics, AS is going to be high quality and even under heat the least likely to have any toxic release.
Plastics are offering consumers affordable solutions to packing and storage of food and drinks, and lighter materials compared to glass. There are the safety aspects that plastics offer in reduced likelihood of damage compared to cardboard, paper and glass.
From now on, all the plastic kitchenware Holar made, you can request to do Tritan material as well. Contact our sales to know more about Tritan material.
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