First of all, hooray for making an effort to stay hydrated. But did you know that reusing disposable plastic bottles could pose serious health issues? I think we’ve all been guilty of doing this at some stage whether you’re in a rush out the door or you’ve been too lazy to get a bottle (it’s the latter for us…).
Disposable bottles are supposed to be just that: disposable and not meant for multiple uses. The plastics are brittle meaning that it degrades in a short amount of time so every day wear and tear and repeated washings can lead to the physical breakdown of the plastic and cracks start to appear. These little crevices are breeding grounds for bacteria; so many germs that you might as well lick your toilet seat… Think about the backwash and moisture floating around. Disgusting right?
There have been many studies carried out to examine water bottles that have been used for a week and surprise, surprise, the results showed they all grew A LOT of bacteria, the kind that makes you very sick giving similar symptoms as food poisoning.
The only good thing is that these disposable plastic bottles can be recycled (NOT landfill) so once you’re done, you can just toss it in the recycling bin.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, once the plastic breaks down after frequent use, it releases nasty chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA), which could leach into your water so imagine what you’re putting into your body?! This type of chemical is used to make the plastic hard and clear.
Research by the Environment California Research & Policy Center has found that BPA can interfere with the bodies hormonal system – there’s a link to breast and uterine cancer, increased risk of miscarriage and decrease of testosterone.
We want to avoid these types of problems and make staying hydrated easy and safe. Our bottles are 100% non-toxic BPA free, durable, lightweight and meant for reuse.
Please remember that bacteria can still appear even on bottles meant for reusing. It’s so important to wash your bottle properly and regularly with soapy water instead of doing a quick rinse under the tap otherwise the germs will continue to multiply. We cannot stress this enough!
So the important takeaways from this are:
- Invest in a good reusable bottle
- Regularly wash your bottles properly
- Recycle your disposable bottles