What is True Cost of Drinking Water from Plastic Bottles?

Plastic bottled water is destructive to the environment

By Christine Dye

How many folks are aware of the negative impacts of water bottled in plastic? Did you know that there are two main forms of plastic that make up plastic water bottles: Polyvinyl chloride plastics (PVC) and polycarbonate plastics. PVC contains the most commonly used commercial plasticizer known as phthalates and polycarbonate plastics contain a chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA). Both phthalates and bisphenol-A are known hormone disrupting chemicals, they mimic human hormones. Both have adverse health effects in humans and are linked to infertility, premature puberty, asthma, allergies, menstrual cycle irregularities, breast and prostrate cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Plastic bottled water is destructive to the environment. Sixty-seven million water bottles are thrown away each day! Only 10 percent of plastic water bottles are recycled. These non-recycled bottles end up in our parks, along roadsides, in our rivers and lakes.

What if the people living here in the beautiful Flathead Valley choose to care for themselves and each other and the environment by not using or buying water in plastic bottles? Choose to protect your health and the environment by using reusable glass or metal or biodegradable or BPA and phthalate free containers for water.

Christine Dye
Kalispell

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