Why Plastic Water Bottles Are Bad For You


It's a month into school, and you have just ran out of your 30-pack of Deer Park water. What do you do now? Well, if you are like majority of Americans, you just refill the last disposable plastic water bottle you had. Saves time and money, right? While this might be true, I am sure majority are not aware of the toll it is taking on their health.


Food & Water Watch reported that in 2009, Americans spent $10.6 on bottled water, costing them up to 1000 times more than if they were to have drunk tap water. But apparently, unlike what many people would think, tap water undergoes more federal safety regulations than bottled water does. Federal, state, and local environmental agencies require tap water to be thoroughly inspected, and for the results to be open to the public!  Although many water bottles claim to be "purified", independent testing done in 2008 revealed that 10 brands of water bottles contained 38 contaminants!


Water bottles linked to cancer? Believe it or not, and supported by The American Cancer Society, plastic water bottles contain a poison that can be harmful to the body if used more than a week maximum. A study done by The Centers For Disease Control did a an experiment where they found a chemical called Biphenyl (BPA) in 93% of the people in their experiment. Everyday Health reported that 38 scientists from a journal called Reproductive Toxology, along with many other supporters, stressed a concern that BPA can have harmful effects on the body. They think that BPA has a biological effect similar to estrogen, and might cause breast cancer and/or infantile issues as a result. As for you males, this chemical has also been linked to interrupt testosterone.

Another chemical called phthalates has also been found in present. But, the levels of it have been found to be much lower in tap water than in bottled water. Being from Washington, D.C., I was always told to not drink from the tap because there were traces of lead and other chemicals found in the tap water a while back. But, after doing this research, I wonder which is worse...to drink DC tap water or bottled water.

In addition, I learned from the Natural Resources Defense Council that when a plastic water bottle sits around (especially in the heat), bacteria starts growing inside the water bottle. Bacteria are attracted to moisture and generally warm atmospheres. So when you close that cap on your water bottle, the bacteria are having the time of their short lived lives! If you did not already know, yes, this means that heating up food or anything in plastic containers is also hazardous to your health.   

Science is such a controversial topic, and this is another issue that many scientists have conflicting thoughts over. But my mom has told me plastic water bottles are bad for me for years now, so I am going to believe her just in case! If you want reduce your likelihood of having negative health effects from plastic, avoid using plastic #7. All you have to do is look on the plastic and you will see a number.



I have always heard that over using water bottles can be bad for your body but I honestly had no idea that there were this many facts that support the hypothesis. I normally refill my gatorade bottles daily, but I may have to reconsider. Are their any companies that produce these bottles that are looking for a smarter choice instead of this plastic?

Being from Long Island, I am used to having pretty good tap water. In fact, certain bottling companies bottle Long Island water due to the natural sand filtering process that the water goes through. But I knew that if I visited my Aunt's house in New Jersey I never drank the tap. Tap water and the minerals and contaminants in it are something that your body has to grow accustomed to. Just think about all the people who don't get sick drinking the water in Mexico!

Additionally you talked about the heating of water bottles causing the plastic to infect the water. I wonder how hot the plastic has to get. After all, the bottled water is for the most part transferred in un-refrigerated trucks across the country. Maybe there should be some legislature made to ensure that the bottles are uninfected when they reach the store.

As I was reading your blog I was drinking a nice cold water I just got out the fridge. Who would've thought I'd sit down and read a blog about this? I never knew the harm plastic bottles can have on my body and I especially didn't know microwaving things in plastic was hazardous to my health. After reading this blog I looked for the number on my bottle but couldn't find one. But, from reading this I wonder how harmful the chemicals in water bottles really are to the body. If it can lead to cancer why is this not made aware for people to know so they can take into their own account whether to continue drinking out of plastic water bottles or not. For example, everyone knows ciggerettes cause cancer, it is publicized everywhere by the media. So shouldn't there be more attention on something like this too? Technically, it is doing the same thing right? Harming our bodies? And does this count for plastic pop bottles as well? This blog has lead me to feel as though the government should look into the affects these plastic bottles can have on a humans body and then educate us on the results, and on ways to prevent plastic bottles from causing our bodies serious damage.

Oh,my!!Your blog is so useful..I'am now drinking a plastic bottle of water........Hard to imagine the common plastic bottle we always used to drink water will do harm to us...I just found a blog similar to yours -----"What we found was really surprising to us," Wagner said. "If you drink water from plastic bottles, you have a high probability of drinking estrogenic compounds."
The use of bottles for consuming water is getting very bad press now because of its carbon footprint."With all of the bad press swirling around certain types of plastic lately, regular old plastic water bottles have maintained a reputation as safe, at least as far as human health is concerned. New evidence, however, suggests that plastic water bottles may not be so benign after all"...The truth shocked me.
another article about this.: http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/04/28/water-bottles-health.html

When I read this, I immediately thought of Nalgene water bottles. My whole life, I've been a big Nalgene advocate and this post made me wonder if plastic water bottles' dangers were relatable to Nalgene bottles. It turns out, they're directly related. In 2008, Nalgene stopped producing their best-seller. Why? It contained plastic #7. They have since changed their plastic and are producing a different bottle.


I used to refill my plastic water bottles all the time and would be able to live off of one case of water for months. One thing that I never really took notice of was the fact that I was always getting sore throats. I thought this was because of the weather or maybe just sleeping with my mouth open. After I decided not to keep reusing the same water bottle, I noticed I didn't get sore throats nearly as much. This led me to believe that water bottles are in fact quite unhealthy for you and I make sure never to use the same bottle twice.

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