During class today, I looked over and saw someone drinking out of a plastic water bottle. Not the kind that you refill, the kind that you throw out after using once. Everyone is always talking about how these are so destructive towards our environment, but could they have any effect on our health? I thought there is no way that these plastic bottles that go through extreme temperature changes and water in there for a who knows how long, can possibly be ok for our health. So I decided to do some further research.
As I began to learn about the different types of plastic, I saw that most plastic water bottles are made from #1 (PET or PETE), which is considered safe. Even though there has been reporting of chemicals leaching into the water, the EPA still considers them safe. The dangers of plastic water bottles arise with plastic labeled #7, which is usually polycarbonate. The National Toxicology program conducted a study in which, discovered that these #7 bottles have a chemical called bisphenol (BPA) in them, which to many scientists surprise may be very toxic to humans. Today, many bottles are BPA free, but you never know if you are drinking from one that is not and it is better to be safe than sorry.
Of course to this day we do not know all of the effects all plastic water bottles and we may not know for a long time to come. To be safe, we should do our best to cut out all of the plastic water bottles we use and use reusable bottles that have been cleared as safe to drink from.
The effects that these plastic water bottles have on our environment has a much more negative impact than the effects they have on humans. This past summer, I did a lot of research on this issue and here is a link that just outlines some of the many awful effects bottled water has on our environment.
There are so many reasons why we should not drink from plastic water bottles and now that we see it may be harmful to our health as well as the environment, I know I will try harder to use reusable bottles.