PET Bottles and the Triangle Sign
Have you received that sms text message about beverages and plastic drinking bottles?
The one that has this line:
The plastic called Polyethylene Terephthalate or PET bottles contain potentially carcinogenic elements (cancer causing chemical agents) Check bottom of bottle, there's a triangle sign with a number 1... any number under 5 will release the chemical especially of...
One would naturally be skeptical of all these forwarded sms text messages. Anyway, this is what you'll find online:
Recycling Symbols -- (On the triangle symbol enclosing the number 1) "PET, also referred to as polyester, is a popular packaging material for food and non-food products because it is inexpensive, lightweight, resealable, shatter-resistant and recyclable."
Don't use repackaged water -- "The triangle with 1 enclosed signifies that the material is PET, and not if it is chemically safe or not. If you research properly, you will find that there is no study conducted yet, that confirms that water bottles leach out hazardous leechate. So until someone does check, we should not spread baseless and wrong information."
Here's a copy of the forwarded email (UPDATE: Dinesh Babu took down the page), which can easily be modified and slanted to attack specific products which use PET bottles.
You'll notice that in the forwarded email, the emphasis is placed on the number of times you reuse the bottle.
Since the page was taken down, here's a cached copy so that this post will make sense:
You know we use plastic/pet bottles everyday for drink/water. If you looked at the bottom or somewhere around it, you would find a number enclosed in a triangle.
Notice that the forwarded message focuses on the code numbers and makes no mention of specific products.
Anyway, here's a sample modification/adaptation that is being repeatedly posted as a comment in several blog entries online:
Beware of dringking [name of beverage]. Its not the [beverage product] that affects you but the chemical released from the bottle. The plastic called Polyethylene Terephthalate or PET bottles contain potentially carcinogenic elements (cancer causing chemical agents) Check bottom of bottle, there's a triangle sign with a number 1... any number under 5 will release the chemical especially of [name of product], since [product's manufacturing process] and filled into the PLASTIC BOTTLES WHILE HOT. No wonder the [detailed description of product's packaging]. Please advise family, friends especialy childre. Please Pass.
It's quite easy to detect when a comment is posted in good faith, and when it is copy/pasted and cross-posted a tad too many times within the span of just a few seconds.
Nice try, Bob! ;-)
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