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Using plastic or melamine cups/plates

QUESTION:

Does anyone know if it is safe to use plastic or melamine cups/plates that get washed in the dishwasher? What about sippy cups? I worry that the heat from the dishwasher will cause toxins to leach into food/beverages. Thanks!

Kathleen

POSTED BY KATHLEEN :: ILLINOIS USA :: 09/06/2006 6:22 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

I don't generally recommend eating or drinking out of soft plastic dishware, especially for children. They can leach plasticizers whether they are washed by hand or in the dishwasher.

Melamine is different. It is a very hard thermoset plastic. The molecules are very tightly bonded and it does not outgas. Though it is a plastic, it is one of the safest to use. And fine to wash in the dishwasher. I personally don't use it because it is still a plastic and has environmental effects in it's manufacture and disposal, but it won't release toxic chemicals during use.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

Hello,

If you still feel that "melamine" is safe, could you please let me know where I can buy this? I'm interested in it for my children and myself, to carry water in, when we go out. I had bought #7 plastic containers- thinking they were safe because they were hard plastic- but now I've read otherwise. Also, if there are any other ideas you have for a travel container for water- a water bottle- or a coffee mug (for DH, when he goes to work in the morning), could you please let me know?

Thank you.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I don't know of any melamine containers for carrying water, however, if you want melamine dishes, try Target, they usually have them. Or search on "melamine dinnerware" or "melamine dishes." It's not toxic, but remember it is a petrochemical plastic, so it's made from nonrenewable materials and is not biodegradable.


POSTED BY CB :: MASSACHUSETTS USA :: 02/18/2008 8:33 PM


Thank you for your response:)

I also wanted to know what "Nalgene" is. Is that the #7 plastic, or is it something else? I read about it being prefered by many people (campers, bicyclists, etc.), due to its strength.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Nalgene is a brand name of water bottles, not a material. They have bottles made from two different plastics: polycarbonate (which leaches Bisphenol-A) or polyethylene (which does not leach Bisphenol-A). The polycarbonate bottles are clear and hard; the polyethylene bottles have a more milky look and are softer.


POSTED BY CB :: MASSACHUSETTS USA :: 02/20/2008 11:26 AM


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