It seems that there is more news everyday on what is safe and unsafe for our families. For example ~ the dangers of plastic containers. When I grew up there were no plastic containers ~ I just remember glass. Are you aware that there are numbers on every plastic container produced and certain ones are not safe because of the polycarbonate known as bisphenol A (BPA)?
Avoid # 3 (PVC) and 6 (styrene) and #7 which contains polycarbonate and BPA . According to NRDC, despite the “generally regarded safe” remarks about plastics #1,2 and 5, a recent analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of 10 products advertised as microwave-safe found that BPA leached into the food in that packaging. Check out my post about this in cans.
After reading this it seems none of us should even be thinking about using plastic for our foods or drinking containers. And I have to say, every time I see someone drinking from a plastic bottle I think of that “plastic soup” of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean growing at an alarming rate, now covering an area twice the size of the continental United States according to scientists! Plastic waste floating in the North Pacific has increased 100-fold over the last 40 years.
One decision I have made is regarding using filtered water. I use a pitcher that provides me 365 days of cleaner, healthier water for only pennies a gallon. Gold Seal certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99% of lead —as well as dozens of other nasty contaminants, I save money, do not hurt myself or my family with toxic chemicals and help the planet!
I just came across some very interesting facts about bottled water and wanted to share them with you.