Like most moms, my #1 concern is the health of my family. After many years of research and reading I do know that plastics have both a short and long term detrimental effect on our children. For example, plastics break down into the water we are drinking out of plastic water bottles, and a chemical called bisphenolA is released. This acts as an estrogen disruptor and a severe toxin on our bodies. It is so important to eliminate this chemical whenever possible. for detailed scientifc reading(yet very understandable) please read the green guide article.
idea #2 is: eliminate plastic water bottles from your daily existence and you will be a much healthier, greener person than you ever imagined you could be. You will never regret making this change.
SOME SUGGESTIONS (on how to make the switch)
1.) Reverse-osmosis is a very efficient filtration system that can be attached to sink faucet.
2.) Whole house Carbon filters do a great job removing pesticides, metals, contaminants. These filters tend to be more expensive and need to be installed professionally.
3.) Brita water filter.
Brita uses a carbon filter, water tastes better, and you save a lot of $$ b/c you are not buying bottled water.
3.) stainless steel water bottles
easy to refill and take with you everywhere. cost is about $20, will last indefinitely. You can buy them at:
These alternatives aren’t necessarily more convenient, but i can’t say enough about how much better i feel, and how much better my family feels, drinking filtered water out of a stainless steel container.
if the info above isn’t enough to convince you to find another way to get your 64oz of water a day, check out the 3 horrifying facts below.
1.) Even when bottled waters are covered by the FDA’s rules, they are subject to less rigorous testing and purity standards than those which apply to city tap water. For example, bottled water is required to be tested less frequently than city tap water for bacteria and chemical contaminants. In addition, bottled water rules allow for some contamination by E. coli or fecal coliform (which indicate possible contamination with fecal matter), contrary to tap water rules, which prohibit any confirmed contamination with these bacteria. Similarly, there are no requirements for bottled water to be disinfected or tested for parasites such as cryptosporidium or giardia, unlike the rules for big city tap water systems that use surface water sources.
2.) In order to create plastic water bottles, an intense, and very dangerous manfacturing process has to happen. The Green Guide says the following about this process, “Substantial threats to health arise during plastic manufacturing, both from ethylene monomers, the basic building block for plastic, and from the problem chemicals added to give plastic products their desirable performance properties.
Dioxins, which are highly toxic even at low doses, are produced when plastics are manufactured and incinerated. While dioxin levels in the U.S. environment have been declining for the last 30 years, they break down so slowly that some of the dioxins from past releases will still be in the environment many years hence. In its 2000 final draft reassessment of the health effects of dioxins, the EPA concluded that dioxins have the potential to produce an array of adverse health effects in humans. The agency’s report estimated that the average American’s risk of contracting cancer from dioxin exposure may be as high as one in 1,000–1,000 times higher than the government’s current “acceptable” standard of one in a million. Dioxins are also endocrine disruptors, substances that can interfere with the body’s natural hormone signals. Dioxin exposure, moreover, can damage the immune system and may affect reproduction and childhood development. The most common health effect in people exposed to large amounts of dioxin is chloracne, a severe skin disease with acne-like lesions that occur mainly on the face and upper body. Other effects of exposure to large amounts of dioxin include skin rashes, skin discoloration, excessive body hair, and possibly mild liver damage.”
3.) IN CALIFORNIA ALONE, Accordng to the California Department of Conservation “More than 1 BILLION water bottles are winding up in the trash in California each year. That translates into nearly 3 million empty water bottles going to the trash EVERY day and an estimated $26 million in unclaimed California Refund Value (CRV) deposits annually. If recycled, the raw materials from those bottles could be used to make 74 million square feet of carpet, 74 million extra large T-shirts or 16 million sweaters, among other things. Instead, they are swallowing landfill space, increasing air pollution and destroying the ozone layer.”