I am a sucker for plastic water bottles. They are easy to grab and the water taste great. It also helps that you can get them anywhere. Whenever I wanted to start consuming more water, I would no doubt have it in my hand. However, post BC (breast cancer), I knew I needed to change this habit. My Dr. informed me of harmful carcinogens found in plastic water bottles that can lead to cancer.
Plastic water bottles contain BPA. BPA stands for Bisphenol-A. It raises concerns because it mimics the effects of estrogen, interfering with hormone levels and cell signaling systems. According to the Environment California Research & Policy Center, which reviewed 130 studies on the topic, BPA has been linked to breast and uterine cancer, an increased risk of miscarriage, and decreased testosterone levels. BPA can also wreak havoc on children’s developing systems. (Parents beware: Most baby bottles and sippy cups are made with plastics containing BPA.)
Most experts agree that the amount of BPA that could leak into food and drinks through normal handling is probably very small, but there are concerns about the cumulative effect of small doses.
Health advocates also recommend not reusing bottles made from plastic #1 (polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET or PETE), including most single-use water, soda and juice bottles. According to The Green Guide, such bottles may be safe for one-time use, but reuse should be avoided because studies indicate they may leach DEHP—another probable human carcinogen—when they are in less than perfect condition.
Because I am looking at every aspect of my life that may have given me this awful cancer, I decided to look for an alternative method of carrying around natures juice. A few days ago I got Lifefactory Beverage Bottles from amazon.com. They are 22 ounce glass bottles with a nifty silicon sleeve (for people like me who break EVERYTHING). Good news-I haven't broken it yet! It is easy to carry around and easy to clean (thanks to the wide opening). The wide mouth also makes it easy to add organic lemons, or tea. I have tried aluminum bottles in the past but the water taste like metal and I heard that they can be lined in plastic. It is scary where harmful chemicals can be hiding. I mean who would think that environmentally friendly aluminum bottles would be lined in plastic? With glass water bottles, I know that it is safe and I can always count on the clean and fresh tasting water to quench my thirst. They also make smaller versions for our kiddos.
Lifefactory Beverage Bottles