We had talked about this before, but now the movement toward plastic inquisition seems to be gaining ground and getting more attention than it had previously. Before, it was really mostly a word of mouth concern that not everyone had heard about (I myself had heard it in passing a few times, but honestly didn’t give it a lot of thought until about two years ago when I did a little research online and my sister told me her chemistry teacher told her there is absolute validity to the concerns of plastic drinking bottles), and most peope like me probably heard it and forgot about it.
The concerns is over more specifically, plastic drinking and baby bottles that are made to be shatterproof, and many times the plastic lining on cups that contain a chemical called bisphenol. Research was recently completed that showed that mice, when injected with repeated low doses of the chemical found in our plastic drinking bottles (yes, that includes those bottled waters you may or may not drink), bisphenol, ended up having hormonal problems, urinary tract complications, precancerous tumors, and early puberty.
All of these problems are a huge concern, especially because hormones can many times be a contributor to cancer growth, and their balance is many times crucial to keep cells functioning normally. The early puberty and precancerous tumor growth from low (albeit repeated) doses of bisphenol is defiintely concerning, however plastic companies are quick to point out that the study’s author is fast to say that this should not cause over concern quite yet, but they are also calling on further research and testing on humans to determine how detrimental this plastic and chemical could be to human health, and what possible long term effects could be.
Personally, I made the switch over to either glass or stainless steal drinking bottles for my car since I keep water in my car at all times, I am currently using an environmentally safe and body-safe stainless steal bottle by New Wave Enviro. They last forever, you don’t have to waste plastic and throw it away or recycle it, and you get just good tasting, fresh water with each drink since there are no chemicals leeched as there are with plastics.
I notice my water is taste-free whereas with plastic, it always had a funny taste to it, especially if it sat all day in the car, which unfortunately means it just leeched more chemicals (especially in heat), and I was imbibing more chemicals for all those years. I guess I’m just thankful I know now what to use.