Certain plastics can emit harmful chemicals inside our homes. Because we have so much plastic material at home, we need to make sure we know all about them.

One of the more obvious issues, which has resulted in restrictive measures by the European Union, is that of the emission of bisphenol A from baby bottles which are made from polycarbonated plastics. However, other plastics found throughout the home can also cause problems through the emission of chemicals such as phthalates or fire retardants into the air we breathe.

On this page, we show which products contain these plastics and the problems they can cause in some cases.

To distinguish between these materials, many products have a symbol on them with numbers and letters on them:

  1. PET (polyethylterenphthalate)

  2. HDPE (high density polyethylene)

  3. PVC (polyvinyl chloride)

  4. LDPE (low density polyethylene)

  5. PP (polypropylene)

  6. PS (polystyrene)

  7. Others (PMMA, PA, PLA, PC (polycarbonates) etc.)