Bottled Water: Just How Bad Is It For The Environment And Our Health?

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Did you know that more than 90 percent of the environmental impact from a disposable plastic bottles happens before the consumer ever opens it? Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the U.S. Natural Resources Defense Council, explains that we often forget that oil is needed for the plastic, the shipping, refrigeration, and even for the recycling process… if they don’t end up in the landfill that is.

Worldwide, over 60 billion tons of plastic waste is produced every year, and as it is non-biodegradable and plastic particles eventually become a part of the food chain. For example in some parts of the sea, there is five times more plastic than plankton. On top of the environmental damage, plastic bottles have also been proven to be dangerous to humans. Ever wondered why there are expiry dates on your bottled water? Well all plastic bottles leach synthetic chemicals into water, some more than others. The expiry date is the point in which the unhealthy levels of chemicals are leaching into your water. Even some popular refillable polycarbonate water bottles (for example Nalgene bottles) are known to release BPA (Bisphenol A) a chemical linked to heart disease and diabetes.

So what can you do? Simply stop buying bottled water and buy a glass or aluminium refillable water bottle instead. Pick up a smaller one to throw in your bag for everyday use and a larger one for the gym.

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