Thursday, June 7, 2018

What's in your water bottle?

You may have heard recently that the WHO (World Health Organization) has announced that it is launching a review of the potential risks of plastic particles in drinking water, after a study found tiny pieces of plastic in more than 90% of samples from the world's most popular bottled water brands.

That analysis was conducted by the State University of New York in Fredonia as part of a project from the U.S.-based journalism organization Orb Media, and it involved 259 bottles of water from 11 brands across nine countries.

Of all the bottles tested, only 17 were found to be free of plastic. On average, each liter sold contained 325 pieces of microplastic, including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate. In one case, a bottle of Nestlé Pure Life contained more than 10,000 pieces of microplastic. High levels were also found in bottles of Bisleri (5,230), Gerolsteiner (5,160) and Aqua (4,713).

They say there's no cause for alarm. They say that the particles pose no threat to human health. They also said the same things about pesticides. Remember DDT

There is no better time than now to ditch the plastics. Between causing hormone disruption, and now particle pollution, plastics just don't make sense. Here are two simple steps you can take at home and on the go to kick the plastic habit and improve your health.
  • Buy a stainless steel water bottle. Fill and refill it with filtered water, and maybe toss a slice of lemon or cucumber in there for a flavor boost. There are many stainless steel water bottles on the market, but the Yeti Rambler is by far my favorite. If I fill it with ice-water today, tomorrow there will still be ice. It's awesome. It's a hot or cold, so you can use it for your coffee, too. 

  • Filter your water. Brita just doesn't finish the job, so give your water a boost by using activated charcoal sticks. Sounds a little weird, right? But these funny looking sticks absorb impurities in water. If you're using a brita (or other filter device), just toss a stick in the bottom of the container to help purify. They have sticks to fit in your water bottles, too! They're re-usable, just boil them for 10 minutes and allow to dry - boom, reactivated! I have a large one for my 2 gallon glass water dispenser in the fridge, along with smaller ones that just hangs around in our Yeti's. 

Pretty simple, right? And for a modest investment (about $35 for the Yeti, and $13 for the charcoal), you can eliminate the polluted bottled water - and the waste from all the empties. Good deal all around. 







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2 comments:

  1. This is a great article! I always use my gallon jug for my water. Thanks for the heads up on this issue!

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