More reasons why we should not use plastic water bottles?
In Part 1 we addressed issues of water in your plastic bottle—where it comes from, it’s quality, dirty tricks of water bottle industry, water economics, and major health concerns.
But there is another side of a story, and it’s all about plastic!
Look around. Water bottles are everywhere.
Do you carry one?
In fact, how many bottles a day do you use? Does your plastic bottle have BPA? Should you be concerned? Can you refill your bottle? Where and when it’s better to buy it? Or should you, at all?
Well, water bottled in plastic is a controversial topic, and it seems a subject of the ongoing heated debates. Most people are confused. Are you?
Let’s try to reconcile some confusing information, dispel a few myths and provide some eye-opening evidence.
1. Hydrate Without Harm. To BPA or Not To BPA?
That is the question!
Today some experts warn to ditch plastic water bottles because BPA—Biphenol A toxic chemical—can readily break down and leach into the water.
Others insist that plastic bottles are BPA-free and pose no danger. Some even suggest that it is OK to reuse plastic bottles and wash them in hot water!
BPA has a bad rap because it is a hormone disruptor and can cause serious harm to your health: interrupt immune function, cause diabetes, infertility, adverse changes in behavior or worse—increase risk of cancer.
Federal authorities try to convince us that BPA doesn’t pose any danger in small doses. Maybe so but I don’t buy it. Otherwise why I saw so many young women in a chemo room hooked to IV!
I want to put you at ease: plastic water bottles labeled as #1 (PET or PETE) DO NOT CONTAIN BPA! It doesn’t have to indicate BPA-free.
I was curious, and one day while buying groceries, I checked labels of 20 plastic water bottles of different brands. All of them were plastic #1.
But still—are you safe?
The truth is that there might be other chemicals in your plastic bottle which can leach out into the water. Also, plastic in your bottle might contain additives. Since there are no disclaimers what they are, there is no way of knowing how they can affect you. It is like “I don’t know what I don’t know.” Since those “unknown” elements might be endocrine disruptors, they can cause severe damage to your health.
So, are you willing to take such a risk? Please stay on the side of caution.
2. Time Stamp for Your Bottle – Don’t Drink Plastic!
Have you ever felt nasty odor hitting your nose when you open a plastic water bottle? Any idea why?
Maybe your bottle has expired?
Yes, it DOES have an expiration date. Curious? Next time look at the label.
It is the norm when we buy meat or dairy. But the plastic water bottle has a time-stamp too. Suggested shelf life for most retail plastic water bottles is 12-24 months. And guess what? It is not about water. It’s about plastic!
Remember those “other” chemicals and additives in your plastic bottle? After a prolonged time, especially when some stress factors are present—heat, sunlight, physical force–they can easily leach into the water.
And what happened then…?
Well, best case scenario is you will be drinking the worst smelling water. This problem can also grow because unpleasant odors from outside can accumulate in the bottle.
But worst, you will be adding some serious problems for your annual check-up! Those endocrine disruptors can bind hormone and hormone receptors. It can interfere with the response of the “normal” hormone and put you in havoc regime.
So, how do you feel now? Not enough reasons why we should not use plastic water bottles?
3. Don’t Abuse Your Bottle!
We don’t think twice about refilling our plastic bottle from the water cooler. But is it so “cool” thing to do?
Today on a train I saw a woman who was drinking milk(!) from the plastic water bottle with some dark stuff floating on a bottom. There were also marks on a top from bright lipstick even though she didn’t wear any. I started thinking: How many times did she reuse it?
Later the same day maintenance guy was cleaning our office refrigerator. I noticed a few plastic bottles with colored liquid inside. For sure, it was not the “original content” of those bottles! Juice? Tea? Who knows! I wondered how often a person abused those plastic bottles and how long they were sitting in a fridge.
Even though most plastic water bottle is marked #1 and considered safe, it is intended for ONE USE ONLY!!!
But what happens when you wash a bottle and reuse it?
Micro-cracks from using a brash, cleaning fabric or detergent lead to bacteria getting inside. Later it can be an infestation in the whole bottle which might pose a severe risk to your health.
Also, high water temperature during washing can leach out some chemicals which are especially harmful. No wonder they always told us NOT(!) to leave a plastic water bottle in the car!
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4. Bottle Stress Test? There Is None!
Next – shipping and storage. Are you safe here?
How much force does it take to damage a plastic bottle? A squeeze? A punch?
All of us saw on TV many times car advertisements. What most of them have? CRASH STRESS TEST! Before we buy a car, it is logical to know how vehicle “behaves” under stress. True?
I wish they perform the same stress test for plastic water bottles!
There is a small deli across a street from my house. During summer every morning I used to stop by there to grab my water bottle. Then I started noticing cases of plastic water bottles stored on the top of each other right next to a huge street-front window. It was facing South!
Sun was shining right through the window. It was hot like hell! I was wondering: what will happen to all those plastic water bottles exposed to heat and sun for a long time?
The same day near another store I noticed how a guy in delivery track uploaded cases of plastic water bottles. He was throwing (literally!) cases on the ground and pushing them by his legs.
It wasn’t a “squeeze!” Heck of a STRESS TEST!
I am sure that kind of force can cause some awful physical damage to those plastic bottles.
So, are you sure your plastic water bottle is not from that delivery guy?
Are you sure that your plastic bottle was not sitting for days in a heat?
So, be hyper vigilant!
Do Planet a Favor – Ditch the Plastic!
Yes, we all about hydration. But at what cost? How about water ethics?
Bottled water is a global business. Water from California will be on the next plane to New York or Europe. But how much damage in terms of carbon footprint does it do to the environment? Producing, filling, storing, shipping.
You can argue that most plastic is recycled. But is it?
Do you know how many bottles we buy every minute? 1,000,000!
According to BBC reporting, less than 50% of plastic bottles are collected for recycling, and only 7% turned into new bottles!
So, if we buy 1,000,000 bottles a minute and only 7% is recycled, where another 930,000 ends up?
Well, nobody knows. It is probably in some dump leaching out dangerous toxins and chemicals into the soil, underground water, streams, and rivers. And this horrible abuse will continue for many years to come. Scary!
Now I have a question for you: is it a too high price to pay for a sip of “fresh” water?
I hope there are enough reasons why we should not use plastic water bottles.
And if one thing can save 550(!) plastic water bottles from entering the environment—would you do it?
Please, do our planet a favor–ditch the plastic!
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
Drink clean water and happy detox!
Founder of Detox Generation.
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