How many times have you heard reduce, reuse, and recycle? Probably just like you I do try my hardest but it isn’t always easy.
I’ve seen many times people reusing plastic water bottles and wondered if it was safe to do so?
Plastic bottles made from a variety of compounds are manufactured into synthetic polymers.
Plastic bottles also have a recycling code imprinted on them which, if you really want to know, tells you what type of plastic the bottle is made from.
For me personally I am more worried about the water I am drinking and the impact on my health.
A recent study from National Institute of Health researched the bottled water from various manufacturers and found 93% of the water in the bottles was contaminated with microplastics.
Microplastics are tiny particles of plastic that leach into liquid or food from the container they’re housed in.
I have purchased a good quality bottle and use this for my drinking water.
If you get stuck and have to reuse a disposal water bottle take the following precautions will reduce your risk:-
- look out for dents or cracks. Once the bottle shows any signs of wear and damage get rid of it;
- never, ever, heat the bottle up. This allows the chemicals to leach out.
- if using the bottle in a hot environment (i.e. summer, hot yoga class) throw it away;
- where possible wash between uses – I have started to pay more attention to this just for my normal bottle.
Stay safe and choose the bottle you use for your daily water needs wisely….