Not too long back, I ran across an article that greatly sparked my interest and prompted me to further my research on the topic.
It is entirely centered on Water
How It is “Sourced”
And how It is Distributed (mostly in the form of a plastic bottle)
The initial article I stumbled on was written by a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, entitled “The Truth About Plastic Water Bottles.” The key in this article is the doctor’s clear distinction that there is absolutely
NO difference between the plastic used to bottle water or soda pop or fruit/vegetable juices. All of these plastic bottles are made with chemicals known as plasticizers, with the “ability” to make plastic strong and flexible.
The most common plasticizers used are PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) and Polycarbonate plastics, both actively known to cause disturbance amongst the natural function of human hormones. These plasticizers are used to store water, juices, and soda pop alike, without discrimination and are chalk full of phthalates and bisphenol-A (better known as BPA). The transparent numbers placed within the Recycle Emblem are a great indicator of the precise chemical make-up used to form the plastic bottle for commercial use.
A concise list is available for printable use in the article here: http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/the-truth-about-plastic-water-bottles#.Ux38gVqGy8w.google_plusone_share and can be found below:
#1 PETE or PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – used for most water and soda bottles. The ingredients include resins made from methane, xylene and ethylene combined with the chemical ethylene glycol and other chemicals. These have flame retardants and UV stabilizers added.
#2 HDPE (high density polyethylene) – used for cloudy milk and water jugs and opaque food bottles. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.
#3 PVC or V (Polyvinyl chloride)- used in some cling wrap, soft beverage bottles, plastic containers, plumbing pipes, children’s toys, vinyl windows, shower curtains, shades and blinds and many other items. They create toxic by-products when burned such as PCB’s and dioxins. Made from petroleum resins and have flame retardants added.
#4 LDPE (low density polyethylene) – used in plastic grocery bags, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, and flexible lids. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.
#5 PP (polypropylene)- used in yogurt cups, some baby bottles, screw-on caps, toys, drinking straws. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.
#6 PS (polystyrene)- used in egg cartons, foam meat rays, clear take out containers, plastic cutlery, toys, cups, CD containers. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned they release styrene and polyaromatic hydrocarbons.
#7 Other (usually polycarbonate) – used in 5 gallon water bottles, some baby bottles, and lining of metal food cans. They create toxic by-products when burned such as PCB’s and dioxins. Made from petroleum resins and have flame retardants added.
Now, begs the question: What type of bottle should be used to drink liquids – water, juice and soda pop included?
Well, the good Doctor reports that glass and metal are the best options, and I encourage the same, as well as drinking as much from a natural fresh source of “spring” or well water. Even still, it is all a grave concern due to the increase and frequency of air pollution … that inevitably reaches the world’s natural water sources and supplies. One must also consider that most bottled water sources are largely unknown due to manufacturer resistance to transparency regarding the Purity of their waters (http://www.ewg.org/research/ewg-bottled-water-scorecard-2011/summary-findings).
The most important factor is Utilizing the Mind to Obtain Knowledge. Avoiding the Truth only promotes Ignorance, which is Useless.
Make a Conscious Effort to Be Aware
Make a Conscious Effort to Be Informed
Make a Conscious Effort to Be Healthy
~Always Be On a Journey to Seek Wealth Through Healthy Habits~