A recent article in the Practical Gastroenterology journal and reported in publications such as Good Housekeeping points out that bottled water manufacturers don’t recommend consumers re-using disposable water bottles because “the everyday wear and tear from repeated washings and re-use can lead to physical breakdown of the plastic, which can subsequently lead to bacteria being harbored in the cracks, posing a health risk to the drinker.”
So what can you do to avoid these chemicals?
Don’t re-use disposable bottles: drink from them once and then recycle.
Don’t rinse out plastic bottles or containers in very hot water as this leeches out BPA.
Be careful also of takeaway hot drinks in plastic cups because chemicals will leech out quickly from the plastic.
But sites such as The Green Guide say it’s fine to use a plastic bottle once, but re-use should be avoided. Instead, be kind to the environment and invest in a BPA-free plastic, or stainless steel, bottle. It said: “The science is not yet completely clear on how BPA may affect humans. BPA may mimic hormones and interfere with the endocrine system of glands, which release hormones around the body.”
Those calling for a ban suggest that it may be a factor in a rising number of human illnesses, such as breast cancer, heart disease and genital birth defects.