So what’s the big deal with plastic water bottles?
For numerous reasons, it is personally unhealthy and harmful to the environment to drink your water from disposable plastic water bottles.
Since they were made of plastic, it is really alarming for the huge population of at least 100 million who used plastic water bottle every day. Some plastics do contain poisonous chemicals and some do leech chemicals into liquids.
The idea is that chemicals in the plastic get released into the bottle’s contents when the bottle is reused, and especially if it’s heated up. Research also strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of the chemicals in these products, such as bisphenol A (BPA), may cause cancer in people.
Have you ever wondered what the ‘number in the triangle’ means or stands for which can be found just underneath the bottles you bought from the store?
The numbers represent the material in the making of that specific bottle. This will help you determine which bottle is best for reusing or refilling for your own personal use.
Let’s go down the list.
1. PET or PETE.
These bottles are typically single-use bottles. It’s possible that they emit a heavy metal antimony which interferes with hormonal actions in the body. It can also be carcinogenic.
2. HDP or HDPE.
These one is the “good” plastic. It poses the least threat to human health.
3. PVC or 3V
PVC also emits toxic chemicals that can impact hormones in the human body. According to one study:
Because of PVC’s heavy chlorine content, dioxins are released during the manufacturing, burning, or landfilling of PVC. Exposure to dioxins can cause reproductive, developmental, and other health problems, and at least one dioxin is classified as a carcinogen.
This plastic is often used to make plastic bags and doesn’t pose a significant health risk.
This type of plastic also doesn’t pose much of a health risk. This is the plastic commonly used to package yogurt and syrup.
PS emits a carcinogen known as Stiren. This type of plastic is commonly used for food packaging and coffee cups.
7. PC or no label
This is the worst one for food products because it contains BPA, an endocrine disruptor. Often used as sports bottles and food containers