Plastic Bottles And Your Health

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A re the rumors true that refilling and reusing some types of plastic bottles can cause health problems? M ost types of plastic bottles are safe to reuse at least a few times if properly washed with hot, soapy ...

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H Seferian

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Nov 27, 2007
 
This is very disconcerting . It would be an interesting exercise to determine what type of plastics the large multi-gallon plastic spring water containers as well as the distribution system (all plastic) are made from. These products are constantly being reused .
Joan

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Nov 28, 2007
 
I will forward this article to all of my children (and 9 grandchildren) to make them aware of this hazard.

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Since: Nov 07

Rural Connecticut

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Nov 28, 2007
 
H Seferian wrote:
This is very disconcerting . It would be an interesting exercise to determine what type of plastics the large multi-gallon plastic spring water containers as well as the distribution system (all plastic) are made from. These products are constantly being reused .
The 6-gallon returnable water bottles used by most delivery companies are #7 plastic, but bottling plants have state-of-the-art sterilization processes for returned bottles. That said, you are much more likely to get sick from the bacteria that grow on the spout of the dispenser than anything in the bottle's chemical make-up.
Pete

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Nov 28, 2007
 
When the article says, Lexan *MAY* cause this or that, or it *MAY* be leaching PBA, or chemical xyz has been *LINKED* to cancer, none of that is for sure. Stop running around with your heads cut off. I for one will still be using my lexan bottle and not blaming my health problems on a piece of plastic.
Sally Barrett

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Nov 28, 2007
 
Where can you buy the safe drinking bottles (HDPE plastic # 2) or the stainless-steel water bottles ("like the one shown here")? I reuse my bottles for a long time...Looks like my lifespan has been shortened! Help.
jack_gilead

Hebron, CT

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Nov 29, 2007
 
Sally Barrett wrote:
Where can you buy the safe drinking bottles (HDPE plastic # 2) or the stainless-steel water bottles ("like the one shown here")? I reuse my bottles for a long time...Looks like my lifespan has been shortened! Help.
Sally, you may already be dead and just not know it. ;-)
Sally Barrett

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Nov 29, 2007
 
where can I buy safe water bottles?

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Nov 29, 2007
 
Sally Barrett wrote:
where can I buy safe water bottles?
Don't panic. According to this article, the health risks from plastic bottles are still just rumors.

Do you want #2 HDPE, aluminum or stainless steel? There is a good assortment of metal water bottles available at Campmor.com a discount camping and outdoor supplier based in NJ. HDPE #2 is the material used for most half and 1 gallon cloudy jugs used for liquids such as milk, cider and store-brand water.
But they are only as safe as your ability to clean them. They are a tough fit in a dishwasher and you can't get your hand inside one to really scrub it clean.
Personally, I buy a case of half-liter #1 plastic water bottles every few weeks and refill them from the filtered dispenser on my refrigerator. I refill a bottle four or five times and then throw it in the recycling bin.
jethro

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Nov 29, 2007
 
If you want steel, Klean Kanteen is sold on Amazon and at REI. The issue seems over hyped like so many things in our news.
Informed

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Nov 29, 2007
 
All the more reason to make plastics illegal as a container for food/drink.

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Nov 29, 2007
 
Informed wrote:
All the more reason to make plastics illegal as a container for food/drink.
Are you proposing we return to the time of food & drink containers made of glass, with its environmental and safety issues such as breakage, dramatically higher shipping weight and manufacturing processes?
Chantal Stupnitzki

Hartford, CT

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Nov 29, 2007
 
I think the Governor and the Dept. of Consumer Protection should ban these certain kind of plastic bottles and remove from store shelves. Also why hasn't the Health Dept. said anything or become involved in this?

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Nov 29, 2007
 
Chantal Stupnitzki wrote:
I think the Governor and the Dept. of Consumer Protection should ban these certain kind of plastic bottles and remove from store shelves. Also why hasn't the Health Dept. said anything or become involved in this?
Because these "health risks" are still unproven rumors and hearsay.
Jane

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Nov 30, 2007
 
ohh. and while their at it lets ban:

aspirin -- oops. bad unless its good for you

butter -- wait that's better than margarine again.

eggs -- nope not as bad as we thought

wine -- nope now its good for the heart

chocolate -- nope healthy again

Lets be a little rational here. There are risks in life. Some are big bad risks. Some are normal every day risks. Some are possible normal every day risks that haven't been proven in any conclusive study.
mike the tax payer

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Nov 30, 2007
 
Jane wrote:
ohh. and while their at it lets ban:
aspirin -- oops. bad unless its good for you
butter -- wait that's better than margarine again.
eggs -- nope not as bad as we thought
wine -- nope now its good for the heart
chocolate -- nope healthy again
Lets be a little rational here. There are risks in life. Some are big bad risks. Some are normal every day risks. Some are possible normal every day risks that haven't been proven in any conclusive study.
woah, woah, this is neither the time nor place to be making rational points.

everybody panic!!!!
Masher100

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Dec 11, 2007
 
Lets face it, you have a better chance of getting hit by a bus while sitting in you living room than contracting some rare plastic poisoning, oh by the way sugar is better for you than that artificial garbage and wont put on the pounds like corn sweeteners, Please pass the butter, sugar and the plastic water bottles, just remember not to breath, the air will kill you...
Judy

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Apr 25, 2008
 
Don't use the aluminum. It is known to cause Alzheimer's with prolonged use. Look it up.
NW Corner wrote:
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Don't panic. According to this article, the health risks from plastic bottles are still just rumors.
Do you want #2 HDPE, aluminum or stainless steel? There is a good assortment of metal water bottles available at Campmor.com a discount camping and outdoor supplier based in NJ. HDPE #2 is the material used for most half and 1 gallon cloudy jugs used for liquids such as milk, cider and store-brand water.
But they are only as safe as your ability to clean them. They are a tough fit in a dishwasher and you can't get your hand inside one to really scrub it clean.
Personally, I buy a case of half-liter #1 plastic water bottles every few weeks and refill them from the filtered dispenser on my refrigerator. I refill a bottle four or five times and then throw it in the recycling bin.

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