Plastic water bottles are a huge threat to the environment and to ourselves. It seems as though people are almost scared to drink tap water because they do not think it is healthy. I also think that a lot of people are lazy and like the fact that they can just stop whenever they need to to buy a plastic water bottle. Because of these two factors, millions of people buy plastic water bottles everyday. And unfortunately, a lot of those people do not recycle them. In fact, the amount of bottles I see on the side of the road and in parking lots every day leads me to believe that they don’t even properly throw them out, let alone recycle them. I think that if we could just get everyone who uses bottled water to recycle it, that could make quite a difference on it’s own. But I really believe that it would be better if we just stopped using them all together.
Aside from killing our planet, these bottles can be very dangerous for our health. It seems as though most companies have eliminated Bisphenol A (BPA) from their products, but those who didn’t are could be putting your health at serious risk. It is hard to know the possible effects of BPA for sure, because we don’t know exactly how much each person is using in their lifetime and it would depend on that. But, it is believed, and seen in studies using animal subjects, that BPA can cause many health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and many other issues as well. The chemical in BPA is known to “mimic the effect of oestrogen” (Taylor-Smith, 2018), this could lead to breast cancer in some consumers. On top of all of those issues, research has found about 93% of water from commonly used water bottle brands contained microplastics. Microplastics are little pieces of plastic, “less than 5mm long” (Taylor-Smith, 2018), that are are found in a lot of bottled water. That means that you could be drinking plastic and all of the chemicals that are in it. And while I’m on the topic of microplastics, I would like to mention that since our oceans are filled with plastic, which is being consumed by the animals, you could also be consuming plastic and chemicals just by eating an animal who already ate the plastic.
It is so important that we cut plastic out of our daily lives, and water bottles are a great way to start. In fact, I completely stopped using plastic water bottles in February of this year and it has been surprisingly easy. I have glass water bottles that I fill up before I leave the house, so that I never have to buy a plastic one while I’m out. The only issue I ever really run into is sporting events that do not allow glass bottles, and in that case I buy boxed water and bring one of those. There are many ways to cut out plastic water bottles and it is so easy. Not to mention that it can help save our planet and your health.
Taylor-Smith, K. (2018, September 10). Plastic Water Bottles are a Danger to Your Health. Retrieved from https://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=790