Water

Reusing Mineral Water Bottles

In today’s world, everyone is aware about the fact that plastic water bottles are not eco-friendly product. As the water industry bottle millions of gallons every year,  the net effect is more hazardous due to the fossil fuel used to make these bottles and the effect of this plastic on environment when it is buried into the soil.

Several people do not know that simply refilling a plastic bottle and to keep it around our premises is not good for our health. These plastic bottles pose a personal health threat.

Health Effects of Plastic Water Bottle Refilling:

Bisphenol A –

  • The compound is also called BPA in short.
  • It is used to make reusable plastic bottles such as baby bottles.
  • The compound acts as a synthetic estrogen for those who take it internally.
  • Occurrence of this compound in high amounts can cause various health hazards, which include – prostate and breast cancer and uterine fibroids.
  • Hence, many people reach for BPA free containers, specially concerned about baby bottles.

Endocrine Disruptors –

  • As hard plastic bottle contains BPA, hence to avoid chemicals many people have turned towards disposable bottles. But, disposable bottle is also not full safety proof.
  • Through studies done in Goethe University in Germany, it has been shown that disposable bottle also contain certain level of hormone mimics.
  • These chemicals come out into water from the plastic bottle which also have estrogenic effects. They could disrupt the endocrine glands.
  • When an artificial hormone is added to the body from outside, it reduces the body’s natural ability to produce that hormone.

Growth of Bacteria –

  • Continued reusing of a plastic bottle can cause the growth of heterothrophic bacteria, which is commonly found in the mouth.
  • Repeated use of bottle can cause prolific growth of this bacteria.
  • It is advised to wash the bottle thoroughly with soap before refilling the bottle.

Best Reusable Water Bottles:

  • PET bottles

    – most bottled water is packaged in PET or polyethylene terephthalate plastic. PET is designated as Type-1 plastic.

  • PET bottle is approved for both single and multiple use and no chemical leaching.
  • Temperature has no effect on PET bottles and it can be easily freezed.
  • Other plastic bottles of Type 2, 4 and 5 are also safe for reuse. Type-7 can not be used for multiple use as it might contain BPA.
  • Metal water bottles are advised for multiple use.
  • Infants should be given water in a glass bottles instead of plastic bottles.

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