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Refilling plastic water bottles not safe

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A recent piece just ran in my local news about reusing disposable plastic water bottles vs. tossing it out and the verdict is that this is not safe. I saw this PBS special (I think PBS - it was years ago) where some guy was making a statement by using the same plastic water bottle over and over and they played it off as green, because he wasn't tossing it out, but the news piece notes that The Oregon Environmental Council says that there are two major reasons why you should not reuse disposable single use water bottles – bacteria and polyethylene terephthalate.

Because your hand won't fit in a disposable water bottle and because it's recommended that you don't put them in the dishwasher, they're tough to clean properly. Plus these disposable bottles have tons of ridges and indentations so bacteria is a likely problem.

Secondly, the report discussed that these water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate which can degrade and leach phthalates into your clean drinking water. Phthalates can disrupt your hormones and the expert from the The Oregon Environmental Council further notes that phthalates have been linked to various health problems, “Including women giving birth to boys with small genitalia and undescended testes.”

Refilling a water bottle once or twice it's not going to kill you, but the healthier and greener choice is to choose a reusable bottle made from eco-friendly, non-toxic materials. I LOVE my Klean Kanteen, but there are lots of other non-toxic reusable water bottle choices out there.
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I used to do this all the time thinking that I wasn't wasting resources by reusing the bottle. Then I heard this fun piece of info and it all makes so much sense! Since then I have turned to a stainless steel bottle and have completely stopped buying plastic water bottles!
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 This is a very glib contribution to the conversation but in the first season of Lost, when they were spending a lot of time trying to figure out where to get food and water, I kept thinking about this issue every time they took their plastic bottles to the waterfall for a refill 
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My apologies to the Mod. It's actually easy to clean plastic bottles, you can use those brushes used for babies' feeding bottles. The real issue is the kind of plastic these bottles contain. AFAIK PET bottles leach DEHA (a carcinogen) and polycarbonate bottles leach bisphenol A, which can cause chromosome damage.

It's getting to the point where I'm beginning to wonder whether the plastic containers we put in the microwave to heat food in are safe.
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My apologies to the Mod. It's actually easy to clean plastic bottles, you can use those brushes used for babies' feeding bottles. The real issue is the kind of plastic these bottles contain. AFAIK PET bottles leach DEHA (a carcinogen) and polycarbonate bottles leach bisphenol A, which can cause chromosome damage.

It's getting to the point where I'm beginning to wonder whether the plastic containers we put in the microwave to heat food in are safe.

Which is what I noted above - most water bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate which leech. Cleaning anything is easy enough if you put your mind to it, the main important point is don't because you can get a safe stainless steel water bottle instead and not have to deal with chemicals.

It's not safe to heat plastic in the microwave. When plastics made with chemicals (most) are heated it speeds up the rate of chemicals leeching out. You should always use glass to heat foods in a microwave.
post #6 of 7
Yeah, I bought my son a stainless steel water bottle but I worry about the top that IS some type of plastic!  How do you know about that part?  Need help with that answer.
post #7 of 7
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You can find BPA free mouth parts (or water bottle tops) you just need to make sure you read about your bottle before you buy. CamelBak for example makes Bite Valves that are constructed with medical grade silicone and they're BPA free. Klean Kanteen (my fave water bottle) also has BPA free caps made with pp #5. 

It's not too hard to find BPA free caps nowadays you just need to make sure you read about the cap before you buy.
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