Plastic Water Bottles: Does the packaging harm you?

Published: 30 January 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

According to Toronto CP24 TV, consumers are growing increasingly concerned over plastic water bottles because of two controversial chemicals used in the process of making them—one of which is bisphenol A (BPA), an alleged endocrine disrupter that has possible implications with reproduction, breast cancer and prostate cancer. The article further reports that there “are other kinds of bottles that contain a different chemical called polyethylene terephthalate or PET for short. Many have worried for years that this substance can leach into the water and cause health problems for those who consume it.”

Although many consumers are unaware of the possible health risks associated with these chemicals in plastics packaging, according to the article, several researchers have concluded that these chemicals are correlated with adverse health effects in humans. According to one researcher, plastic containers are “leaching chemicals” over time and another chemical found in some plastics packaging, called antimony, can allegedly “cause dizziness, depression, nausea or even death.” So what should you use instead of plastics packaging? According to the article, “a glass mineral water bottle or a stainless steel bottle you can buy in health food stores have both been found to be safe.”

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