Here Is What You Need To Check When You Buy Bottled Water
How often do you drink bottled water? Did you know that there are risks of buying different kinds of plastic water bottles? Probably nobody ever told you all the details which you actually need to know in order to look after your general health.
Somewhere on every bottle there is precise indication of what kind of plastic it’s made out of. This information is in fact very important because every kind of plastic contains chemicals. Those chemicals can cause varying degrees of harm to the human body.
The type of plastic on bottled water or other product is indicated in the form of numbers and letters, as shown in the graphic:
This is what the meaning is.
PET or PETE for bottled water
One of the most commonly used plastics in consumer products is PET. People can find it in most water and soft drink bottles, and sometimes on some packaging. The intention is for single use applications; repeated use can increase the risk of leaching and bacterial growth. These bottles can release chemicals and heavy metals that affect the hormonal balance. This plastic is very difficult to decontaminate. Therefore, proper cleaning requires harmful chemicals.
HDP or HDPE
HDPE plastic is the plastic used to make milk jugs, oil bottles and detergent, toys, and some plastic bags. This kind of plastic releases practically no chemicals. When buying bottled water, experts recommend choosing these bottles, because they are probably the safest. They contain the cleanest water you can actually find on the market.
PVC or 3V
PVC is flexible and soft plastic used to make clear plastic food wrapping, teething rings, cooking oil bottles, children’s and pets’ toys, and blister packaging for myriad consumer products. It releases 2 toxic chemicals that affect the hormones in your body. If you can find, experts recommend buying an alternative.
Even though it does not release any chemicals into the water, people cannot use this plastic in the production of bottles. However, it is not a good idea to buy food you find in the shops which use this packaging. You might end up eating not only what you paid for, but also some highly dangerous chemicals.
Another semi transparent or white-colored plastic, used as packing for syrups and yoghurt cups. Polypropylene plastic is tough and lightweight, and has excellent heat-resistance qualities. When heated, it doesn’t melt. It is relatively safe. It also serves as a good barrier against grease, moisture and chemicals.
Polystyrene is lightweight and inexpensive plastic with a wide variety of uses. People use it most often to make disposable Styrofoam drinking cups, egg cartons, take-out «clamshell» food containers, and plastic picnic cutlery. When heated, it releases some carcinogenic substances. It is completely unsuitable for long-term use as a food or drink container.
PC or non-labeled plastic
Often used in the production of food containers and sports water bottles, this is the most dangerous plastic you will encounter. This category was designed as a catch-all for polycarbonate (PC) and «other» plastics, so recycling and reuse protocols are not standardized within this category. Of primary concern with these plastics, however, is the potential for chemical leaching into food or drink products packaged in polycarbonate containers made using BPA (Bisphenol A).
Check twice before you buy bottled water or any product in plastic.