We live in a plastic world. We squeeze shampoo out of a plastic bottle, brush our teeth with a plastic toothbrush, put plastic contacts in our eyes, eat lunch out of plastic containers, type on plastic keyboards - you get the picture. It's something we never think twice about and, until recently, was never a major health concern.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our health when it comes to plastic is the almighty and powerful water bottle. It has been the go-to beverage of choice since it's spike in popularity during the 1960's when high-density polyethylene was introduced. Companies like Pepsi-Co, owner of Aquafina, and Coca-Cola, owner of Dasani, jumped on board the plastic bottled water craze during the 80's and 90's after noticing how much money could be made in the industry.
We all want the cleanest and most pure water for ourselves and our families - but at what cost? The issue is not the quality of water but the bottle itself. Take a look at some of the facts about plastic bottles and see why a reusable, eco-friendly bottle may be the right switch for you.
Water Bottle Facts and Information
• BPA: the chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) is used to line some plastic and stainless steel water bottles. It has been linked to serious health problems including hormone disruption, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, altered immune system functions, decreased sperm count, behavioral problems, fertility problems and more. Invest in a safer water bottle like Thinksport, BPA Free Stainless Steel Water Bottles. Multiple colors available. The double-walled stainless steel design keeps beverages hot or cold for up to 12 hours. Features a removable mesh filter that is perfect for brewing tea on the go.
• Tap vs. bottled water: The truth is, most bottled water comes right out of the tap, making it no safer, cleaner or purer than your own tap water. If you concerned about the alkaline level of your water you can easily test it with Alkalife, pH testing kit. If the taste of tap water is what bothers you, improve the taste with Willards Water, CAW concentrate.
• Financial waste: Single-use water bottles cost up to 10,000 times more than tap water with little research suggesting that it is less healthy than bottled water. Show off your personality with one of the sleek and fun designs by SIGG - perfect for adults and kids alike. Avoid scrubbing the bottle by using a SIGG Water Cleaning Tablet. Just drop it in, let it soak for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water.
• Oil waste: The most commonly used plastic for water bottles is PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which is produced using fossil fuels from foreign oil. Americans use 17 million barrels of oil a year to support their bottled water habits, contributing to our dependence on foreign oil. Save money with one of our environmentally safe water bottles that you can reuse again and again and get $5 off your first order with discount code SOCIAL
• Solid waste: Americans use more than 34 billion one-use plastic beverage bottles every single year, of which 80% are not recycled. It takes up to 1,000 years for the plastic from these bottles to decompose in a landfill. Ready to ditch the plastic bottle all-together? Check out these glass bottles by Full Circle Home. The Daytrip Bottle has a leak-proof screw top that swivels so you can drink out of any angle.
• Environmental damage: The ocean contains more than 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Pieces of plastic in the ocean outnumber sea life 6:1. A growing number of sea species have been found to have plastic in them, leading to plastic toxins entering our food chain and ultimately onto our plates. How can you help? Switch from plastic bags to reusable cotton bags like these from ECOBAGS. Switch to a reusable plastic, aluminum, glass or stainless steel water bottle like the New Wave, 2 Liter BPA Free Water Jug or the Full Life Circle, Lemon Squeezer Glass Water Bottle.