Isn't it amazing to think we have only had plastic in our lives since 1909...just over 100 years, and look at how much damage it has caused in such a short time.
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Small towns everywhere are being taken advantage of for their water resources to fill the manufacturers’ greedy pockets. In the process, the poor people in these neighborhoods are being poisoned by the toxic manufacturing of plastic bottles.
It is also estimated that two liters of water are needed to bottle every liter on the store shelf, resulting in approximately 72 billion gallons wasted annually worldwide.
According to the Environmental Working Group, the annual manufacturing of plastic bottles for just water bottles in the U.S. takes as much oil as is required to fuel a million cars.
It is estimated that only one out of five bottles actually gets recycled, with mch of the rest polluting our environment and killing our wildlife as seen in the video above.
Bottled water has been found to contain over 24,000 chemicals, including endocrine disruptors, including phthalates, which cause a multitude of problems with our health, including:
There is a false belief of those drinking bottled water that bottles are now safe since they are produced without BPA. However, the BPS that replaced the BPA may actually cause more problems than the BPA did and there are several other components in plastic that are harmful to our health.
A 2011 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that almost all of the 455 commercially available plastics that were tested leached estrogenic chemicals.
It is important to never heat foods or drinks in plastic containers and avoid drinking water that has been sitting in a hot vehicle. Chemicals can also leech from plastic containers that have been washed in dishwashers, so it is best to hand wash any plastic container that comes in contact with your food, or better yet, use glass storage containers instead.
Ways to reduce plastics in your life:
Use reusable glass water bottles.
1/23/2016 12:21:42 pm
This is such an important topic! Thanks for writing about it and keeping it in our minds :-)
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