There's at least four reasons why plastic water bottles are causing concerns. Though some may find the convenience of plastic water bottles a drawback to seeking safe water bottle alternatives, concerns over plastic water bottles are genuine and shouldn't be taken lightly. It could cost you!
1. Safe Drinking Water
Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
does set bottled water standards, not all bottled water sold adheres to such standards nor places water quality information on water bottle labels. In the absence of water standard testing and compliance, it's really anyone's guess as to whether the water in plastic water bottles is safe to drink.
However, some water bottling companies do conduct their own tests and supply water quality information and nutritional value on plastic water bottles, but water contents remain a mystery in many cases.
There are exceptions though, companies that promote water that has been treated UV filtered
or has been through a water distiller
or a reverse osmosis
process do offer some assurance. But, for the most part, health concerns loom over plastic water bottles and their mysterious contents.
2. BPA Plastic Bottle Concerns
Bisphenol A (BPA)
is found in many if not most plastic water bottles and unfortunately, only the manufacturer really knows the composition of their plastics. The range of BPA plastics is far reaching, from plastic baby bottles, plastic water bottles and plastic food storage containers to a host of other plastic products.
The concern with BPA plastic bottles, is that this toxic substance can easily leach into the food or drink contents. In the case of plastic water bottles, if BPA migrates to safe water, it's no longer safe to drink. Only plastic water bottles that carry a BPA-free label should be trusted as safe for food or beverages.
3. Plastic Bottle Recycling
Many municipalities have plastic bottle recycling facilities or drop-off areas and consumers are encouraged to recycle their plastic water bottles. However, given the fact that plastic water bottles take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill, consumers are encouraged to reduce their use of plastic water bottles.
4. Saving Money With Reusable Safe Water Bottles
The alternatives to unhealthy, landfill-hogging plastic water bottles have great benefits. As you use reusable safe water bottles filled with your own (treated) tap water, you'll save money, over buying plastic water bottles. You'll also reduce your risks of exposure to unsafe drinking water and related toxins.
Safe water bottles include BPA-free plastic water bottles, stainless steel and aluminum water bottles. There's a wide range of safe water bottles available in a good variety of sizes and designs. There's a huge trade-off from the convenience of being able to just grab a store-bought plastic water bottle, but that trade is in your favor - lower health risks. You'll know the water is safe to drink and it will be protected from migrating toxins. The reusable water bottle will also be more durable. You'll save money and your environment. It's definitely a win/win all around.
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