Bisphenol A or BPA is an estrogen mimicking chemical in plastic linked to impaired brain function, immune function, hormonal function, and metabolism. Also remember, BPA can affect babies and toddlers as well. If you are using plastic bottles, switch to glass to avoid BPA contamination.
Phthalates make plastics, like polyvinyl chloride (PVC), more flexible. Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that have been linked to a wide range of developmental and reproductive effects, as well as cancers and tumors.
Dioxin – Ultraviolet rays from the sun or high temperatures will accelerate leaching of the chemicals from plastic bottles into the water. This includes dioxin, which is also released into bottled water when it is left in the sun. Dioxin has a strong link to breast cancer.
Pharmaceuticals – Disposing of your unused prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the garbage instead of down the toilet doesn’t mean this eliminates the threat of your water supply being contaminated. Drugs that were never meant to be used together get combined into the drinking water you consume every day. Millions of people have drug allergies. Could the unusual symptoms you’ve been exhibiting be due to ingesting small doses of the drugs you’re allergic to from your drinking water or bottled water? There is no guarantee that pharmaceuticals are not present in your bottled water. About 40 percent of bottled water is nothing more than bottled tap water.
Environmental – 67 Million bottles are used each day and about 10% of those actually get recycled. If we factor in the cost of fuel for transportation of these bottles, and the fact that usually more water is used to process and fill the bottles, than actually makes it into the bottle, bottled water really just starts to sound absurd.
What to do? Don’t buy bottled water in plastic. Transport filtered water from home to ensure a safe supply on the go. Using a glass or steel bottle will bypass the risks associated with carrying filtered water in plastic. When you must buy bottled water on the go, check the coolers for glass bottle options like Mountain Valley Spring Water, Voss, and Perrier to name a few.
And don’t forget – consider the quality of water you are using on a regular basis for cooking, washing, and showering.
Featured photo shows an Instagram photo of Melanie using a glass bottle in her car on the go.