Do You Refill Plastic Water Bottles
If you think there is nothing wrong about refilling plastic water bottles, you are most certainly wrong. It can harm your health and many studies proved the issue.
Of course they are easy and Eco- friendly to reuse – but at what cost?
Most certainly – NOT!
Experts says that Bisphenol A (commonly known as BPA), a chemical used to manufacture plastics, can leach into the water and quickly grow dangerous bacteria in the bottle’s cracks, and this is something that shouldn’t be underestimated or ignored.
Because certain chemicals found in plastic water bottles can have serious side effects in our bodies, as they can affect not only the ovulation process, but may also increase the risk of hormonal problems in female population, such as endometriosis and breast cancer, and many other human illnesses, such as heart disease and genital birth defects.
In a study researchers have found that water bottles used for a week, contained approx.900,000 colony-forming units per square centimeter, which is more than a toilet seat.
Can you imagine that?
They are all over the place, starting from the neck of the bottle, and ending with the place where you touch your lips to drink.
Some of the bacteria found are harmless, some are beneficial, and some can make you sick, giving you symptoms same as food poisoning.
What About Plastic Containers
Since they are made of plastic, the same stands for them as well.
Small amounts of chemicals from plastic containers can end up into the food or drinks that are kept inside, but the levels of these are very low.
The level of chemicals in food or drink always depend on how the container was treated.
There were experiments made and have shown that if plastic bottles are heated to temperatures as high as 60⁰C for many hours, levels of chemicals that move into the food and drink are usually far under levels that are considered unsafe.
What To Do
This is very simple question deserving an short answer – dispose them for recycle and don’t use them more than once, otherwise you impose yourself to a bacteria and cancer risk possibilities.
Smart drinkers always avoid re-using disposable bottles.
They use the ones made from glass or stainless steel, knowing it is the best choice for their health, and of course, help the environment too.
If you are germaphobe, you may think that using a dish washer can do the trick, and free the plastic bottles from bacteria.
Well, you are wrong again!
The heat will release more harmful chemicals into the bottle, and filing it with water can surely not be your best option.
Plastic Water Bottles Have An Expiration Date
As you already know that you shouldn’t consume bottled water left in the heat and in your car, you must certainly know that you should read the labels too.
Bottled water has an expiry date!
You shouldn’t worry about the water quality, but the plastic that water comes packaged in.
After a certain point of it’s shelf life, the plastic can begin leaching into the liquid, which affects its taste and could create a serious health hazard mentioned earlier.
And also, as the plastic is porous, it may cause the water to accumulate odors and other nasty accompaniments from outside.
We bet you have experienced the odd taste of water in plastic bottles.
It tastes still.
And it ain’t fresh!
Unfortunately, there are many areas where tap water can’t be used for drinking, and people are forced to buy water as the main essence of life.
Steps You Can Take
Today, it is highly unlikely to avoid products packed in plastic, since everything is wrapped up in it. The question imposed here is how to reduce to BPA exposure.
There are many ways and these are some of them:
- Use glass or stainless steel bottle for home and work usage
- Reduce canned food intake not only for you, but your family too
- Use baby bottles that are BPA free
- Check plastics with recycling symbol 7 and are PLA (polymer polylactide)which is a plastic made from plants (usually corn or sugarcane). Plastics with recycling symbol 7 are OK to use as long as they have a leaf symbol on them. The recycling symbol number is the code that shows what type of plastic was used to make the product.
- Don’t cook in plastic containers
- Use glass, porcelain, enamel-covered metal, or stainless steel pots, pans, and containers for food and beverages whenever possible, especially if the food or drinks are hot
As you can see, there are ways to protect ourselves, and before buying anything plastic wrapped – check the number at the bottom and see if is suitable to be consumed.
Good luck with the quest…
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