Healthy Beginnings

Plastic Bottle Scare

Written by Champ Clark
A lot of energy and resources are used to bring you bottled water. The quality of that water isn’t monitored or regulated much more than what comes out of your tap at home. Cost-wise, 16 ounces of bottled water costs the equivalent of $7 a gallon. By getting a reusable water bottle you will introduce fewer plastic bottles into the world, reduce the number of fuel-burning truck trips carrying bottled water, and keep the 80 percent that’s not recycled from ever seeing the landfill. There are several options for reusable water bottles.
Plastic is a common choice, but some concern has been raised with studies of Bisphenol-A. BPA is a chemical that is used in the production of reusable plastic water bottles. It leaches at a higher rate from containers when heated or in contact with acidic materials. Recent studies by Centers for Disease Control found BPA in 93 percent of 2500 persons tested. BPA mimics estrogen and can cause breast and prostate cancer, thyroid disease, early puberty in females and decreased sperm counts in males. BPA is primarily found in hard plastics usually denoted with the number seven. Many companies pulled their products and changed the type used to a BPA-free plastic.
A metal bottle avoids this issue and typically your choices are aluminum or stainless steel. Aluminum is lightweight but the safety of it is still undetermined. Aluminum is found throughout the environment in a number of products and processes including food and water treatment. There has been some concern with a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Stainless steel is long-lasting, chemically inert, sustainable, clean tasting and 100 percent recyclable. It is non-toxic. Stainless steel is a great alternative to protect mother earth and your health.
References:
1. People Weekly, May 19, 2008 Vol. 69 Issue 19, p146-146.
2. www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/water-eau/alum-eng.php – Health Canada.
For more info, contact EcoReno, LLC at (775) 324-6326.

plastic_bottle_scare-300A lot of energy and resources are used to bring you bottled water. The quality of that water isn’t monitored or regulated much more than what comes out of your tap at home. Cost-wise, 16 ounces of bottled water costs the equivalent of $7 a gallon. By getting a reusable water bottle you will introduce fewer plastic bottles into the world, reduce the number of fuel-burning truck trips carrying bottled water, and keep the 80 percent that’s not recycled from ever seeing the landfill. There are several options for reusable water bottles.

Plastic is a common choice, but some concern has been raised with studies of Bisphenol-A. BPA is a chemical that is used in the production of reusable plastic water bottles. It leaches at a higher rate from containers when heated or in contact with acidic materials. Recent studies by Centers for Disease Control found BPA in 93 percent of 2500 persons tested. BPA mimics estrogen and can cause breast and prostate cancer, thyroid disease, early puberty in females and decreased sperm counts in males. BPA is primarily found in hard plastics usually denoted with the number seven. Many companies pulled their products and changed the type used to a BPA-free plastic.

A metal bottle avoids this issue and typically your choices are aluminum or stainless steel. Aluminum is lightweight but the safety of it is still undetermined. Aluminum is found throughout the environment in a number of products and processes including food and water treatment. There has been some concern with a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Stainless steel is long-lasting, chemically inert, sustainable, clean tasting and 100 percent recyclable. It is non-toxic. Stainless steel is a great alternative to protect mother earth and your health.

References:

1. People Weekly, May 19, 2008 Vol. 69 Issue 19, p146-146.

2. www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/water-eau/alum-eng.php – Health Canada.

For more info, contact EcoReno, LLC at (775) 324-6326.