Are There Hormone-Altering Chemicals in Your Plastic Bottle?

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Are There Hormone-Altering Chemicals in Your Plastic Bottle?

I am very often shocked at how flippantly we use plastics with no thought to the environmental or health consequences. I can see the value of bottled water in emergency or rescue situations but there are many times I find myself in a position where the only available drinks are bottled water or soda. Plastics are made from petrochemicals and besides the obvious dangers in the extraction, distribution, and perpetuation of this industry the use of plastics is becoming more and more widespread.

Although the most common use of plastics I see is the use of one-time disposable bottled water, recently posted an article on the potentially carcinogenic and endocrine-dysruptive qualities of supposedly-safe reusable plastics. Per the article, “The researchers found that some products leached hormone-altering chemicals…that are known to unlock potentially toxic chemicals inside plastic.”

Many of these items are specifically intended for use by infants which is particularly hard to stomach vis-a-vis the phenomenon that children are hitting puberty at younger and younger ages and males sperm counts are lower than ever and breast and uterine cancers and dysfunction rates are skyrocketing.

Check the link for the full chart which is partially represented here:
Product Type of plastic Before UV exposure After UV exposure
Baby bottles
AVENT Polyester (PES) Not tested Positive
Born Free Polyester (PES) Not tested Positive
Green to Grow Polyester (PES) Negative Positive
Evenflo Tritan Not tested Positive
Weil Baby Tritan Negative Positive
Sippy cups
CamelBak, blue* Tritan Positive Positive
Weil Baby Tritan Negative Positive
Water bottles
CamelBak, black Tritan Not tested Positive
CamelBak, blue Tritan Not tested Positive
Nalgene, blue* Tritan Negative Positive
Nalgene, green* Tritan Negative Negative
Topas Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC) Negative Negative
Zeonor Cyclic Olefin Polymer (COP) Negative Negative
Other products
Crate & Barrel wine glasses, red* Acrylic Positive Positive
Disposable cup Polystyrene (PS) Positive Not tested
Lock & Lock food containers Tritan Positive Positive
Clamshell takeout container* Polystyrene (PS) Positive Not tested

*Tested using BG-1 cells

Source: George D. Bittner, et al, Environmental Health

Chart by Jaeah Lee

So what are our alternatives? See other videos where I talk about an easy way to repurpose and reuse glass bottles for cheap, clean drinking water.

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