Negative effects of plastic bottles
Using plastic drinking bottles also produces negative effects on health and the environment. Bottled water brands contain mixtures of 38 different pollutants, including bacteria, fungus , fertilizer, Tylenol and industrial chemicals, some at levels no better than tap water, according to laboratory tests recently conducted by Environmental Working Group (EWG).
According to scientific studies at several locations contained contaminants exceeding bottled water quality standards and safety levels for carcinogens under the state's safe drinking water and enforcement Act. Plastic drinking bottles contain many chemicals, some of which interfere with hormones in the body. These chemicals include bisphenol-A, or BPA, and phthalates, among others. Chemicals in the plastic can leach into bottled water, especially when exposed to heat or when the bottle is old. Advocacy groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club have pointed out evidence of harmful chemicals leaching into food or water and have called for further research to ensure safety.
polyethylene terephthalate increasing the problem with this type of plastics is that it leaches antimony trioxide, which has been shown to cause respiratory and skin irritation, menstrual problems and miscarriage in among, and slower mental development among children in the first 12 months of life, among other problems in people who have been exposed to this chemical over a long period of time.
The next time you drink a bottle of water, take a look at the label to see where it came from and how far it traveled. Overall, the test results strongly indicate that the purity of bottled water cannot be trusted.
Are plastic bottles safe? This question can be answered by reading the previous list of types of plastics used in various food and water containers.
For Your Family's Health
To be safe, if you are currently using reusable plastic bottles to fill them with the pure R.O. water filtered at home, consider switching to either the good, old-fashion glass bottles or the temperature-insulated stainless-steel vacuum bottles. Yes, we know that glass and steel bottles are not as fabulously attractive, colorful, light-weight, shatter-resistant, cheap, and in general, more convenient, than the plastic bottles and polycarbonate plastic (such as Nalgene) sports bottles. But in the long run, you will be drinking pure water without having to worry about any leached chemicals. One additional advantage of these bottles: the glass and stainless-steel containers are durable and probably more economical in the long run.
So, use glass or steel bottles your own filtered water at home and improve your while reducing your contribution to global pollution.