Now before I start, let me say, mine is a gorgeous stainless steel water bottle, that I refill and carry with me everywhere. But growing up I don’t ever remember carrying a water bottle with me anywhere nor do I remember when I started doing this. Whilst good hydration is essential for us, so is lessening the toxic burden on our body and our environment. Do you really know the cost of your plastic water bottle on your body and the environment??
So read on to find out why we need to say “NO” to plastic bottles and why our health and planet will say “thankyou”
Put your feet up and enjoy the read.
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6 Interesting Facts about the Human Body
1. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools. (That’s a little disturbing to know)
2. The average person expels flatulence 14 times each day.
3. Earwax production is necessary for good ear health. It protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus, dirt and even insects and it also cleans and lubricates the ear canal.
4. On any given day, sexual intercourse takes place 120 million times on earth.
5. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.
6. You use 200 muscles to move one step.
Water Bottles- Do you know what you are drinking?
What type of water bottle do you use? Do you recycle your water bottles or throw them in the bin? Do you know what type of plastic it is made of and if it is considered toxic to your health? Before you go and purchase your next bottle of water here are a few facts to consider for both your health and the environment.
- It can take 700 years for plastic bottles to begin composting- (they break apart rather than break down)- (so they say as no-one has stayed around to find this out)
- 90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the bottle itself
- 80% of plastic bottles are not recycled
- 38 million plastic bottles go to the dump per year in America from bottled water (not including soda)
- 24 million gallons of oil are needed to produce a billion plastic bottles
- The average American consumes 167 bottles of water a year
- Bottling and shipping water is the least energy efficient method ever used to supply water
- Bottled water is the second most popular beverage in the United State
- The energy saved by recycling one plastic drink bottle will power your computer for 25 minutes!!
· BPA stands for Bisphenol A and it is a chemical that is found in hard plastics and the coatings of food and drink containers. Common household items that are made using BPA include; water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic and sports equipment. It can also be found in the coatings inside food and drinks cans.
· BPA is considered toxic as it is a known endocrine disruptor and can mimic estrogen and other hormones in the human body which interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones.
· Babies and young children are said to be especially sensitive to the effects of BPA
· A CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) study found 95% of adult human urine samples and 93% of samples in children had BPA
· Another toxin to be aware of is Dioxins
· Dioxins, which are highly toxic even at low doses, are produced when #3 PVC plastics are manufactured and incinerated (cling wraps on meat)
· Dioxins are also endocrine disruptors, substances that can interfere with the body's natural hormone signals, and they can damage the immune system and may affect reproduction and childhood development. Furthermore, dioxins build up in animal fat, and we may be exposed to them when drinking fatty meats, whole milk or full-fat yogurt.
What are the possible health effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on humans? ·Reproductive disorders - there is some concern BPA can cause human reproductive disorders.
·Male impotence - BPA was found in one study to be linked to erectile dysfunction and other male sexual problems.
·Heart disease (females) - BPA can cause heart disease in women, scientists at the University of Cincinnati found.)
·Heart disease in adults - another US study linked BPA to diabetes and heart disease in adults.
·Sex hormones in men - an August 2010 study linked BPA exposure to changes in sex hormones in men.
·Type 2 diabetes - A UK study linked higher levels of urinary BPA to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities.
·Brain function, memory, learning - US researchers linked BPA exposure to loss of connections between brain cells in primates, potential problems with memory and learning, as well as depression.
·Women's eggs - Californian researchers found that exposure to BPA may affect the quality of a woman's eggs retrieved for in vitro fertilization (IVF).
·Chemotherapy - University of Cincinnati scientists found that BPA exposure may reduce chemotherapy treatment effectiveness.
·Breast cancer - A Yale School of Medicine study found a possible increase in breast cancer risk among females exposed to BPA and DES (Diethylstilbestrol) in the womb.
·Asthma - A US study suggested a link between increasing asthma rates and a particular threshold of BPA.
How to Choose a bottle
Avoid drink bottles with recycling codes of 3 (also often used in clingwraps on meat) or 7 (especially for children)
· Safer choices are bottles with the recycling codes of 2,4 (made from polyethylene)and 5(polypropylene)- these are not considered dangerous
· Some bottles with a recylcling code of 5 (considered safe) may not be made of BPA containing plastic but may use it in linings or mouthpieces (sneaky!!)
· Code 6 can be found in Disposable coffee cups, take-away containers and is considered a possible carcinogenic compound.
· Use clear plastic rather than coloured or opaque
· Stainless steel or aluminium bottles are often considered a safe bet, however stainless steel can corrode over time so keep clean and when you notice a change in taste it’s time for a new bottle.
· Glass is a good option, but unfortunately not very practical
Which Plastics can I recycle?
BPA- Be Plastic Aware and keep BPA out of your house…