Whats Up With Reusable Plastic Water Bottles

We walk around with our water bottles in hand feeling good about the choice we made to drink water instead of an alternative drink but what we don’t know is that we could be ingesting bisphenol A (BPA) along with that water.

Bisphenol A has been used for decades in tough polycarbonate plastic. Polycarbonate plastic makes up the drinking water bottles, as well as baby bottles and tableware. The chemical is also used in dental sealants, medical devices and in the resin lining of most food cans. There is controversy whether BPA can be linked to cancer or miscarriages. What we do know is that BPA does not break down in landfills and when the water bottles are used improperly toxins leak from the plastic into the liquid that is ingested. Read this article Battles Over Bisphenol A, from defendingscience.org.

The best choice when choosing water bottles is to go with stainless steel. But what if you love your BPA-containing water bottle and can’t seem to part with it? Studies have shown that the chemical leaches more with heating, so make sure and wash it by hand and use it only for cold liquids.

4 Things Not To Do With Your Plastic Water Bottles

-Do not put the plastic bottle in the microwave.

-Do not wash the plastic bottle in the dishwasher.

-Do not let the plastic bottle heat up in the car.

-Do not use if the plastic bottle is discolored or has spider cracks

Klean Kanteen, the reusable, lightweight, and risk free stainless steel Kanteen was introduced in 2004 to encourage better health, hydration and environmental responsibility. Stainless steel is durable, sanitary, toxin-free and non-leaching.

Nalgene has come out with new BPA-free choices, including water bottles made with everyday Tritan.

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