The harmful effects of Plastic Water Bottles on your health

Plastic water bottles as well as other plastic materials do have a big negative imoact in your health!

9 out of 10 people have plastic in their blood!

 

Day after day we absorb tiny plastic and plasticizer particles into our bodies, 9 out of 10 people already have plastic in their blood! Microparticles are an invisible danger, because plastic is everywhere: in our air, in our water, in our food. There is countries where every inhabitant produces over 300 kilograms of plastic waste annually; 100 PET bottles per person circulate in those countries alone every year!

 

Plastics and plasticizers are harmful to us and our environment: The World Health Organization warns against the disease-causing plastic packaging because it releases harmful substances into our food and cosmetic products and can thus become dangerous for our hormonal balance. In 90 percent of all people, plastic can even be detected in the blood!

Plastic has effects on pregnant women

It is even said that plastics do have an effect on us women bearing children which might be quite interesting for many of you.

 

Can you get cancer from plastics?

Unfortunately the answer to this question is yes. The plasticizers or softeners can cause cancer. This is why doctors might tell you to stop drinking water from plastic water bottles but use glass bottles instead.

Do plastic water bottles leach harmful chemicals?

As mentioned above, yes they do. Softeners are there to give the plastic bottle the structure it has. Flexible but strong. Touching the water in the bottle tiny little particles will absorb in the water and thus be consumed by drinking people.

This is where softeners hide

BPA – Bisphenol A: milk cartons, preservative coatings, refrigerator inserts, sunglasses, nail polish, furniture sealant, adhesives

 

DEHP – Diethylhexylphthalate: PVC, catheters, blood products, stomach tubes, paints, rubber, cosmetics

 

DBP – dibutyl phthalate: coating of capsules and tablets that only dissolve in the intestine

 

BBP – Benzyl butyl phthalate: PVC floor coverings, hairspray, perfume, glue, adhesive, rigid foam, rubber rollers

 

Why do the alarm bells for most consumers still not ring? People are just not aware and then there are reasons such as lower costs of plastic products but also convenience issues.

 

But, there are a lot of opportunities to avoid plastic and many things can be done differently without too much of a hassle.

 

How to reduce usage of plastic

So everyone can save and replace plastic

► Water and other beverages, ketchup, mustard, tomatoes and other vegetables, dairy products, cosmetics and so on:  buy it in jars or bottles

► Avoid microfibre duvets and pillows. Better: wool or silk

 

► Use stainless steel storage boxes or Tiffin boxes. Suitable for use at home and on the road

 

► Cotton, no polyester! As a rule of thumb: Do not buy clothes or toys with a (strong) smell of chemistry

 

► Buy grain and rice in paper packaging

 

► Get your meat, sausages and cheese in jars you brought along.

 

► Buy herbs, spices, teas etc. in paper bags

 

► For coffee on the go – cups made of stainless steel or ceramic and maybe bring your own

 

► Use empty spray bottles (glass cleaner etc.) for homemade cleaners

 

► Use empty liquid detergent containers also for homemade detergent

 

► Many more ideas…

 

And you? Get creative for a life without plastic… and another important thing – do not through it away!

 

 

 

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Reynu Maitri
Reynu joined WomenNow from the beginning on. She loves writing and combines this with her love for India, the country her parents emigrated from to the United States looking for a better life and opportunities. Studying litterature and journalism helped laid the foundation for her writing skills. She is into badminton and an avid runner. Her dream is to live between New York and Mumbai.
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