Saturday, September 23, 2006

How safe is Bottled Water

Doctors and health experts advice us to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day to sustain a healthy life. Water not only flushes out the toxins within our body but also helps in the efficient functioning of the organs within.

But by drinking bottled water, we may be doing more harm than good to ourselves as well as to the environment we live in.

“Before paying for water, that you can get for free from a drinking fountain, or for vastly less cost from a faucet, consider that bottled water may pose a threat from toxic chemicals that have leached into the water from the plastic. Because leaching can be increased by heat, exercisers who gulp from a water bottle on a hot day may notice a certain plastic taste” (Mindy Pennybacker, The Green Guide).

“Bottles made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) are recyclable (they’re labeled with a 1 in the recycle triangle). Yet of the 14 billion water bottles sold in the United States in 2002 (most made from PET), 90 percent wound up in the trash. Making the bottles from PET means releasing significant amounts of air pollutants. The manufacture of one kilogram of PET (enough to make about 17 1.5 liter bottles) entails the release into air of 40 grams of hydrocarbons, 25 grams of sulfur oxides, 18 grams of carbon monoxide, 20 grams of nitrogen oxides, and 2.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide. All have direct or indirect effects on climate” (Paul McRandle, The Green Guide)



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