Saturday, April 12

Safe Water Bottles

Todays Water Tip:
Check your plastic water bottles recycling number for safety. Not all plastics are safe. Only drink water from bottles which have a 1, 2, 4 or 5 printed on the bottle. This number is usually on the bottom in a small triangle. They can be hard to read, so get out your glasses if necessary. #1 bottles are best used for single usage. Do not use bottles printed with 3, 6, or 7.

Safe Water Bottles:

I watched a segment on water bottles last week. The report said that on the bottle, usually on the bottom there will be a recycling number. Numbers 3, 6, & 7 are unsafe plastics to drink from. An estrogen-like compound in plastic could be posing risks to the brain development of infants and children. BPA, a component of polycarbonate plastic, can leach from baby bottles, water bottles and other hard plastic containers.

Plastics Considered Safe (as far as we know):
  • #1 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE)
  • #2 High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • #4 Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
  • #5 Polypropylene (PP)
Most bottled water companies are using bottles with a recycling #1. These bottles are recommended to be used for single time use only. If you want a reusable bottle, try one of the other safe rating numbers.

There are lots of reusable sports bottles out there to purchase, but again if you buy plastic, buy a quality bottle made with safe plastic. Stainless steel bottle's may be a better choice and there are also some coated aluminum bottles made for this purpose also. By purchasing one of these portable re-usable bottles, you are helping to save the environment from excess litter and contaminants. Remember, just because water is bottled, does not mean it is more pure than the water that comes from your tap. As long as you don't have Pharmawater issues in your area, and your water is sampled for water quality with good results, you are very safe drinking from your tap.

The wide spectrum of water uses, turn round and round, like a
water wheel. I welcome your comments

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