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You may have heard about the dangers of plastic water bottles and what they can do to the makeup of the water they contain. Not only are plastic water bottles bad for the environment, but they can be bad for your health too. Americans use, on average, 50 million plastic water bottles a year. If you knew the truth about the water your bottle contains and the dangers plastic can pose onto the water makeup, you may think twice about your decision to not use a reusable water bottle.

The dangers of plastic water bottles are twofold: the source of the water and the possibility of toxins in the water from the plastic it came packaged in.

Both are real dangers you should be aware before purchasing water that comes in plastic bottles.

There are dangers you don’t know about that come with choosing to drink from a plastic water bottle rather than a reusable one.

Water Source

All plastic water bottles list some form of geographic source for the water they contain. Bottled water manages to sell itself as being higher quality because of where it sourced and what sort of processes it undergoes. The truth is, most water in bottles doesn’t come from the pristine streams and rivers shown on the bottle or the “natural springs” claimed. In fact, most of it is sourced from your municipal water supply. On top of that, it may not even be filtered. In many cases, that water is nothing more than glorified tap water.

Plastic Toxins

Ingesting something stored in a plastic container is always risky. While drinking something acidic is more dangerous, you still always run the risk of ingesting toxins when you use plastic. This is a particular danger for older water bottles and water bottles that have been exposed to heat. If BPA finds its way from your water bottle and into your blood stream it can cause liver problems and even result in cancer. These toxins may also build in your system for quite a while before symptoms actually start showing.

Microplastics

Another danger of plastic water bottles is the potential to ingest microplastics. These are small pieces of plastic, essentially invisible to the naked eye, that show up in a lot of consumer products where plastic is involved in packaging. This means that not only are toxins and chemicals from the bottle present in the water, but physical plastic itself is as well. As many as 93% of plastic water bottle brands contain plastic fibers in the water itself.

Related Questions

Can I Just Reuse Plastic Water Bottles?

While this can be a good call for the environment, it’s not a good one for your health. The bottles are very difficult to keep clean and you constantly run the risk of toxins absorbing into the water. Further, the older and more used a water bottle becomes, the more risk it poses for contamination.

What Are Consequences of BPA?

BPA has been linked to higher rates of health issues in adults, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It’s also been shown to affect hormones in the body that could lead to weight gain. There is also the danger of chromosomal abnormalities in children and fetuses exposed to BPA.

Ditch the plastic bottles including jug water coolers and make the health-conscious switch to a water purification system such as a bottleless water cooler. This way you will avoid the risks, protect the environment, and enjoy an endless supply of purified drinking water!

Michigan Clear Water is a family owned and operated business that is committed to health and the environment. We specialize in providing a fresh, pure and oxygenated water that is cost effective and easily accessible. Our bottleless water cooler systems are for any budget.  Great customer service with same day water cooler service is what we are known for as well as our best in class four-stage water purification process that yields great tasting drinking water glass after glass. Call us today to learn more about our office water coolers and special offers!