Water bottles are a healthy, “green” choice, right? Not necessarily. Though better than soda, drinking water from a water bottle has environmental and health concerns.
Most commercially packaged bottles, particularly those imprinted with the #1 recycle logo on the bottom, are designed for single use and should not be reused. If you do decide to reuse a water bottle, make sure it is adequately washed and dried so bacteria won’t get in, but limit the number of times you reuse them. If your bottle tastes like plastic, you are drinking plastic so get another one. You don’t want to drink plastic; plastic accumulates in the body. Stay away from water bottles made from Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical possibly linked to many cancers, infertility, miscarriages and other related problems.
An estimated 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away each day – most are not recycled. They are not bio-degradable and end up as litter or in the landfill leaching chemicals, especially if the plastic is cracked or damaged. Bottled water is also expensive and is often just tap water. Finally, the millions of barrels of oil used to make the bottles are polluting and wasteful.
The solution? Install a filter on your tap water source or buy an easy to use Brita Water Filter found at any home goods store. For transporting, buy reusable stainless steel or BPA-free bottles.