Most types of plastic bottles are safe to reuse at least a few times if properly washed with hot soapy water. However, recent revelations about some of the toxic chemicals found in Lexan plastic 7 bottles are enough to prevent even the most committed environmentalists from reusing them—or buying them in the first place. Repeated re-use of plastic bottles—which get dinged up through normal wear and tear while being washed—increases the chance that chemicals will leak out of the tiny cracks and crevices that develop in the containers over time. Parents beware: Some baby bottles and sippy cups are made with plastics containing BPA. Most experts agree that the amount of BPA that could potentially leach into food and drinks through normal handling is probably very small. Nevertheless, there are concerns about the cumulative effect of these small doses over time.
The 7 Types of Plastic & What They Mean to Your Health
Plastic Water Bottles exposed to Heat can be Toxic
Unfortunately, it can be pretty inescapable sometimes, especially when it comes to food containers and packaging. We have all drunk from a plastic bottle at some point in our lives. But have you thought about the components of that bottle and what it does to your body and the environment? One of the most important parts of dealing with plastics for both health and environmental purposes, is familiarizing ourselves with the different types. Did you know that BPA, the highly toxic chemical found in plastic, is linked to obesity, cancer, and endocrine problems in fetuses and children?
What numbers of plastic are safe for water bottles? The Numbers Behind Water Bottles
Environmentalists have been shunning single-use water bottles for years, decrying them as wasteful. Now new research shows these plastic bottles can be dangerous to our bodies as well as the planet. Researchers at the University of Florida studied the levels of two toxic chemicals, antimony and BPA, in bottled water from China over the course of four weeks.
Bottled water risks include more than just draining your bank account. More on that later. The latest? In widespread testing, a whopping 93 percent of bottled water samples tested were contaminated with tiny pieces of plastic.