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Jun

Is Drinking From Plastic Safe?

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Is Drinking from Plastic Safe? Not according to these 3 proven reasons why you should only be drinking from glass or stainless steel bottles.

1. Harmful Chemicals

Plastic drinking bottles contain many chemicals, some of which interfere with hormones in the body. This is why drinking from plastic has numerous health risks. 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. Different types of plastic—indicated by the number inside the triangle of arrows on the bottom of the bottle—contain different chemicals. Bottlers generally use the type of plastic labeled “1,” and identified by the letters PET or PETE. 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.

2. Environmental Pollution

Even though plastic drinking bottles are recyclable, most end up in landfills or as litter. According to Livestrong, consumers drinking water from plastic bottles dispose of a whopping 24 billion bottles each year in the U.S. alone. Americans recycle only one out of every six plastic bottles, according to National Geographic Kids. When you throw away a plastic drinking bottle, it will sit in a landfill for hundreds of years without decomposing. The growing piles of our plastic garbage and litter threaten our wildlife and natural areas, making our world a less beautiful and less healthy place.

3. Fossil Fuels

Plastic bottle production in the U.S. requires millions of barrels of crude oil annually. Beverage companies then use fuel to transport the bottles all over the world, polluting the atmosphere in the process. The next time you are drinking from a plastic bottle of water, take a look at the label to see where it came from and how far it traveled. Bottled water frequently travels thousands of miles to people who already have clean tap water readily available.

Alternatives

When you’re on the go, carry water with you in metal bottles, which are safer than drinking from plastic, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Metal drinking bottles can be filled—and refilled—with filtered tap water; and the metal won’t leach chemicals into your water.