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Plastic Bottles: what’s the big deal with water bottles made out of plastic?

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Let’s delve into the details away from the shore. Drinking water from plastic water bottles gained enormous popularity for two reasons. Firstly, the marketers of bottled water were able to convince the common man that bottled water was clearer, cleaner, tastier, and healthier than tap water. Secondly, water bottles are portable and convenient. You can take a cooler full of bottled water or take just one bottle on a short journey; you have water at your fingertips, and you can just chuck the bottle when you’re done (or keep it and reuse it if you’re using the bottles for convenience, not water quality.

Here’s what we know about disposable plastic water bottles.

1. Personal hygiene

Water is often bottled in #1 PET or PETE bottles (polyethylene terephthalate), which may or may not leach DEHA, a known carcinogen, into the water. Experts agree that you should not re-use #1 plastic bottles. Plastics numbered 3, 6 and 7 are even worse; they contain Bisphenol A (BPA), which is suspected of causing neurological and behavioral problems in fetuses and children. BPA mimics the female hormone estrogen, which may have detrimental effects, including cancer of the brain, breast, and prostate, on the female reproductive system and the immune system in adults.

Here’s a medical explanation:

Plastic water bottles are very convenient & handy for carting water around when we are on the go, as they don’t break if we drop them. However, it is worth paying attention to the type of plastic your water bottle is made of, to ensure that the chemicals in the plastic do not leach into the water. If you taste plastic, you are drinking it, so get yourself another bottle.

To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle. If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine. The type of plastic bottle in which water is usually sold is usually a #1, and is only recommended for one time use. Do not refill it. Better to use a reusable water bottle, and fill it with your own filtered water from home and keep these single-use bottles out of the landfill.

Unfortunately, those fabulous colorful hard plastic lexan bottles made with polycarbonate plastics and identified by the #7 recycling symbol, may leach BPA. Bisphenol A is a xenoestrogen, a known endocrine disruptor, meaning it disturbs the hormonal messaging in our bodies. Synthetic xenoestrogens are linked to breast cancer and uterine cancer in women, decreased testosterone levels in men, and are particularly devastating to babies and young children

Here’s more number crunching.

2. It’s a Waste

Bottled water may seem purer or cleaner than tap water, but it is not. The FDA actually has stricter rules for tap water than it does for bottled water. Tap water is tested more frequently. And since 40% of bottled water, including ones labeled “spring water,” comes from municipal tap water, it’s simply a waste of money and resources to purchase bottled water.

It does take a lot of resources to produce plastic bottles.  One group reports that 1.5 million barrels of oil per year, which is enough to fuel 100,000 cars a year, are required to satisfy Americans’ demand for bottled water. That’s because PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, the plastic scrap used in most water bottles, is derived from crude oil. And a tremendous amount of energy is wasted transporting bottled water when we have access to clean water from our kitchen faucets.

If one doesn’t like the taste of the tap water or are unsure of its quality, you can buy a filter pitcher or install an inexpensive faucet filter to remove trace chemicals and bacteria. If you will be away from home, fill a reusable bottle from your tap and refill it along the way; travel bottles with built-in filters are also available.

3. Environmental impact: 

Another factor to consider is the inability of plastic scrap to biodegrade. Plastic waste often ends up in landfills and waterways, where it has formed a floating patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean roughly the size of Texas!  It has devastating effects on sea life.

Four out of every 5 bottles end up not in the ocean, but in landfills, according to the Container Recycling Institute, a Washington-based group that promotes recycling. The Institute reports that 86 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter.

Incinerating used plastic scrap bottles produces toxic byproducts such as chlorine gas and ash that contains heavy metals.

In Conclusion:

The situation is simple. Drinks from non-plastic vessels taste better. Plastic is a non-renewable resource, its manufacture is energy- and resource-intensive, and in many cases highly toxic. It does not biodegrade. Polyvinyl-chloride manufacturing releases dioxins, as does the incineration of said PVC. Plastic used in food applications can get worn and torn and eventually harbor terrorist bacteria. Plastics recycling is also known as “downcycling,” because each reiteration of your original bottle is of lower quality than the next, until at last the landfill beckons.

Glass is a better choice. I know this may give the lifecycle analysis people a conniption. I do not care. Let’s face it: In most situations, you do not even need a plastic water container. If you’re at a desk, or in the kitchen, or even at spinning class, glass or ceramic vessels are fine. There is no good reason to use plastic water bottles in everyday life unless you are a professional cyclist or mountain climber.

So instead of fretting about plastic resins and trying to keep the entire numbers straight, pass right over the entire issue by using a different material. Set aside one plastic container for the infrequent times when nothing but a lightweight, unbreakable material will do. And make that material a #2, #4, or #5 plastic. One can find these numbers printed on the bottom of the plastic bottle.

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