Day 22- Ditch the Plastic Bottles
In keeping with our hydration challenge topic from yesterday, let’s address plastic water bottles. We all use them sometimes because they are convenient or the only source of drinking water available. For those of you who have travelled to countries like Mexico, you know that a drink of water from a plastic bottle is the best choice to avoid picking up a nasty stomach bug. However, when we are home and choices are available, I encourage you to ditch those plastic bottles.
Aside from the health reasons for ditching the plastic, let’s consider the impact of using plastic water bottles on our environment. The production of plastic bottles requires millions of barrels of oil per year and the transportation of bottled water from its source to stores releases thousands of tons of carbon dioxide. (1) With oil being such a precious resource and global warming affecting our lives so deeply, why are we not making the connection and drinking from the tap or utilizing reusable glass or stainless steel containers? In our hyper-consumer society here in the US, we are among the largest contributors to the pollution, but developing societies around the world are picking up our convenience mentality too, and discarded plastics are slowing filling our oceans and killing the sea life there. We may be inadvertently destroying a precious food source with our bottled water habit. Awareness about this can lead to great change.
In addition to the environmental impact of plastics, we can no longer disregard the health consequences. Ninety-three percent of Americans age 6 and older test positive for a chemical called bispehnol A, or BPA for short, which is commonly found in plastic water bottles. (2) BPA has been showed to disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system, in addition to causing other negative health conditions, such as loss of tooth enamel and even heart arrhythmia. The consequence of drinking these chemicals is obesity, food intolerance and blood sugar dysfunction – three serious and rampant health conditions in the US. In recent years new plastics are being used, but new research suggests that they may not be any better for our health, and are certainly not good for our environment.
The challenge for the day is to ditch the plastic water bottles and choose a glass or other reusable container when hydrating.
Find some great options like these here.
1. Worldwatch Institute: Bottled Water Pricey in More Ways than One (2011)