Why You Should Stop Refilling Your Plastic Water Bottles

04/22/2016

By: Kayla Brown

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, most of us have re-filled a plastic water bottle before. However, there are actually some harmful health effects to this seemingly innocent earth-friendly initiative.  

 

BPA

Scientists have found that most plastic water bottles are made of No. 7 plastics, which is a blend of plastics that contain Bisphenol A, or BPA. BPA has been linked to brain damage, infertility and the stimulation of prostate cancer. And unfortunately, there are actions that may speed up this chemical process. Things like washing out a plastic bottle with cleaner like detergent, and as most of us know already know - extreme temperatures. So be sure to never drink from a hot plastic bottle left in your car.

Bacteria

Disposable water bottles are not made to live up to the wear and tear of everyday life. Because of this, they tend to obtain tiny scratches and cracks that can become doors for bacteria to seep in. Plus, the nutrients from your backwash create the ultimate breeding ground for bacteria.

 

In short – disposable plastic water bottles are only meant to be used once, and that’s it. If you are looking to make a difference for you or your family, stainless steel bottles are great alternatives and are available in a wide variety of stores. Other (less sturdy) alternatives include, glass bottles and enamel-lined aluminum bottles. 

 

Happy Earth Day! 

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