Avoid plastic water bottles

by Ed

Today, almost everybody is carrying a water bottle. That is a great thing, as we need to keep hydrated. Unfortunately, plastic bottles can be very unhealthy. Many of them leach very toxic chemicals, and all are excellent breeding grounds for bacteria.

Over the past few years, the hard carbonate bottles have become more popular. This is partly because, they don’t leave a taste in the water. However they are one of the worst for leaching dangerous chemicals in the water. They leach a chemical that is in the class of hormone disruptors, which cause reproductive defects and cancer.

If you look at the bottom of your plastic bottle, you will see the recycle symbol with a number in the middle of it. The carbonate plastics are number 7. Parents beware, many baby bottles are also made from #7 plastic. #1 plastics are also very toxic.

The safest plastics are numbers 2, 4, and 5. But is you ask me, I would avoid plastic altogether. Switch to glass or stainless steel. Be sure to wash your bottle thoroughly, every day, and let it dry out completely. This will keep germs from building up.

{ 4 comments }

1 Monica Junck 01.15.10 at 9:20 am

I find it helpul to keep a water bottle in my vehicle. I use an old Perrier bottle it feels safe to drink from glass. I do not like to drink cold water as I get cold. This time of year I ususally have a thermos of hot water and my Perrier bottle. A little cumbersome but it feels healthy to keep hydrated. Monica

2 Lmartin 02.22.10 at 4:19 pm

What do you do about all of the foods that come in #1 containers such as yogurt, non dairy creamer, ketchup, etc?

3 Ed 02.23.10 at 8:44 am

That is a question that worries me. We have cut way down on our use of packaged foods, and we buy in glass when we can. A friend of mine was planning to start a miso factory. I was happy about that, because then we could get our miso in reusable glass containers. It is nice to have local food producers, because you can reuse your containers, and use safe materials.

4 Jennifer 05.12.10 at 11:38 pm

Lots of other materials we come into contact with on a daily basis contain BPA. Carbonless copy paper and things like concert tickets, airline tickets, even receipts! Even if we personally choose to stick with glass and do our best to omit these materials from our daily lives… they are still all around us and we will come into contact with them through surfaces in our world that we all share, and in our water and air that we all breath… this is so worrying.

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