The evidence and studies available to us detailing the dangers of chemicals, particularly Endocrine disruptors, found in plastics has been overlooked as we are on a quest to reset our bodies to a state of health and wellbeing. Everyone from naturopaths and allied health care practitioners to Hippies and scientists are aware of the dangers associated with over-exposure to plastic and the toxins they harbour.
If you need a few more reasons to ditch the plastic water bottle, here they are:
Soft plastic bottles contain a number of harmful chemicals, and studies indicate that there is a leaching potential, especially when hot water is involved (a water bottle sitting in a hot car or sun). Studies show that the heat can encourage the plastic to off-gas, once this happens the vapours have no where to go other than into your water.
Most plastics that we store our food and water in; take-away containers, soft-drink cans, even some tins, and of course water bottles, contain Endocrine disruptors (which are now widespread in food, water, soil and even the air we breathe). Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that alter our natural hormone function. This may seem like a small thing, but the effects on both immediate and long term health would surprise you. Other Endocrine disruptors include dioxins, cadmium, parabens, bisphenol A, phthalates, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), agricultural chemicals, polybrominated flame retardants, and some of the active ingredients in sunscreens.
One of the well known ingredients is carcinogen di-2-ethylhexyl-adipate (DEHA)
Studies have shown the effects of exposure to DEHA range from hepatocellular neoplasms, principally carcinomas (Liver disease and the main precursor to liver cancer)
They contain Bisphenol A (BPA), known for being an endocrine disruptor.
which is suspected of causing neurological and behavioral problems in fetuses and children.
BPA mimics the female hormone estrogen, which may have detrimental effects, including cancer of the brain, breast, and prostate in men.
BPA is suggested to damage the female reproductive system and the immune system in adults.
precocious puberty, declining fertility rates in otherwise healthy adults, hyperactivity in kids, contributing to obesity (Motherearthnews.com)
According to Laura N. Vandenberg, who holds a doctorate in cell, molecular and developmental biology and works at the Center for Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Tufts University, “BPA is one of the highest volume chemicals produced worldwide, with over 6 billion pounds produced each year.”
The cost of just one case of bottles water could supply a person in Africa with clean, safe drinking water for he next 5 years.
Four of every 5 bottles end up not in the ocean, but in landfills, according to the Container Recycling Institute, a Washington-based group that promotes recycling. The Institute reports that 86 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or litter.
Water bottles buried in landfills can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.
Antipode glass bottles