Has this ever happened to you? You recently moved to a new area, and as your all getting unpacked and settled into your new home you realize that the drinking water coming out of your tap doesn’t taste so great. So of course, you do what you think is the next best thing. You run to the store and buy a ton of bottled water! Is that the right thing to do for your family or are you potentially making the health of your family worse? Keep reading to find out.
What’s in Your Bottled Water-
Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, told The New York Times that “there is no reason to believe that bottled water is safer than tap water.”
This is due to the fact that there are nearly 25,000 chemicals found in one bottle of water including tiny pieces of plastic, fluoride, pollutants like fertilizer or bacteria and other industrial chemicals that should not be put into our bodies!
Some of the chemicals found in those small plastic bottles were linked to abnormal hormone function, and cancer. Not to mention that those small bottles are made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) which can potentially leach antimony trioxide, which is a flame retardant!
Sometimes we leave bottled water in the back of our cars thinking that we may need it in emergencies, well we should maybe think again on this concept. The longer bottled water sits in those plastic bottles the more the plastic leaches into the water ESPECIALLY if it’s in hot temperatures!
“Workers chronically exposed to antimony trioxide report issues like respiratory and skin irritation, irregular periods and miscarriage. Phthalate endocrine disruptors also leach from PET.”
What’s The Solution-
Of course, there might be times when we don’t have any other options-like if we’re stranded on a deserted island with nothing except bottled water to drink, or a natural disaster happens unexpectedly, then bottled water might be your best bet. But most of the time we can avoid this bottled water problem by just changing a few things. Invest in a water filter, whether it’s one you stick in the fridge or one that filters your whole house. This will prevent you from wanting to buy bottled water from the store and will provide a much cleaner water. When you decide to go for a run or exercise purchase a stainless steel or glass water bottle that you can wash and reuse. And most importantly talk to your friends and family about the harmful effects of bottled water. So, you might think twice the next time you stop at the gas station or convenience store to grab a bottled water, there’s more harm than good that it can do.
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