Cancer In Plastic Bottles

@neildc (17254)
Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
July 17, 2008 6:13am CST
I have this sister-in-law who is currently going to a nursing school. And just yesterday, she keeps telling my wife to ged rid of the old plastic bottles which we are still using to keep cold drinks in the fridge. We usually recycle plastic bottles of these kinds, such as those available in the grocery from softdrinks, bottled water, mineral water, distilled water, etc. And I have this Gatorade bottle which I have for months, as my personal drinking buddy, which my SIL says to replace it now. Do these bottles give negative response to our body? Can we really get cancer from those bottles? Is it good to re-use these bottles even if we wash them everytime we re-use it? KEEP SMILING = NEIL
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
17 Jul 08
I did read not so long ago a warning saying plastic bottles should never be left in the heat of a car as when plastic heats up apparantly it releases toxins, so maybe they are just discovering plastic is not really good for us...I would listen to your sister In-law I guess she is in a position to know certain things...
• United States
17 Jul 08
Thats exactly what I heard. Since then I havent microwaved any plastic, like tupperware. I always use the stove to heat it up now. I heard that microwaving plastic items can also cause testicular cancer, so I've been staying away from it and telling my buds to do the same. I can't beleive people are only discovering this now. I mean who knows what else is hazardous to our health that we do everyday. It's insane what they are discovering about everyday products these days.
• United States
17 Jul 08
Thats what I heard also, that we shouldn't re-use plastic bottles, especially water bottles,if you've left them in your car for awhile. That some kind of toxins can come off of them and get into whatever your drinking. What will they come up with next?
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@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
24 Jul 08
but what about those plastic containers, those we use with water containers? those containers are also repeatedly re-use by more people. refilling stations are doing this kind of stuff.
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@mentalward (14697)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I haven't read enough on the research behind this, so I can't advise you or add to it. All I know is that plastic has been used for a very long time and I haven't noticed any direct relationship between plastic useage and cancer. If it is really that bad, I'm sure the FDA would ban the use of plastic bottles! I do not buy bottled water, but only because of the environmental impact of the manufacturing of the bottles. I use a Brita water filter, which is made of plastic, by the way, and fill the bottle (also plastic) that came with it. I am not going to worry about getting cancer from it. We can also get cancer from the air we breathe! If we worried about every little thing that could potentially cause cancer, we would worry ourselves right into getting sick!
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
24 Jul 08
you're right, we can have it just with the air we breath now. if that really cause us problem using plastics, then the govenment itself start the program or campaign for it. they really have to start creating some laws to stop it.
• Indonesia
17 Jul 08
I've received numerous emails saying that re using those plastic bottles may cause cancer, as well as drinking water from plastic bottles which have been left inside a car for a period of time. I don't really know the scientific explanation in those mails but I still follow it for cautions.
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@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
24 Jul 08
my SIL actually didn't mention about plastics left in the heat like in a car. we just discussed about those we use in the fridge to keep our drinks cool. does it make a difference?
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• Indonesia
24 Jul 08
I don't know really, but I've had lots of emails and notice about both of them.
@Zmugzy (773)
17 Jul 08
I think the risk is minimal and not worth worrying about. However, chemicals used in the manufacture of many types of plastic bottle do over time leech into the water or liquid contained within them. I think plastic packaging for food is a bad idea all round. I no longer by water in plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are one of the biggest causes of environmental pollution in recent years.
@dhangski (3194)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
Hi best. After I read your post here, I automatically searched for an answer. This is very alarming coz, I too, have been using plastic bottles for storing water on the fridge. Here's a part of what I have read: In terms of health risks, the evidence is growing that chemicals leached from plastics used in cooking and food/drink storage are harmful to human health. The most disturbing of these are hormone (endocrine) disrupters, such as Bisphenol A (BPA), which can stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Exposure to BPA at a young age can cause genetic damage, and BPA has been linked to recurrent miscarriage in women. The health risks of plastic are significantly amplified in children, whose immune and organ systems are developing and are more vulnerable. The manufacture of plastic, as well as its destruction by incineration, pollutes air, land and water and exposes workers to toxic chemicals, including carcinogens. If you want to read more, here's the link of the website http://www.lifewithoutplastic.com/factsonplastic.htm Happy Postings best. HUGZ!
@naseeha (1385)
• India
18 Jul 08
that website is very informative dhangski. It was an eye opener for me. Thanks for sharing. Hope others too look into it... Happy posting.
@Galena (9123)
17 Jul 08
this is not true. things like this, often spread by e-mail and the internet are always worth checking out through the website Snopes.com. the false e-mails claiming plastic bottles release harmful toxins has been examined and debunked here http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/petbottles.asp it's just not true. I wouldn't be surprised if it was started by a bottled water company, to stop people refilling with tap water over time, instead of buying expensive bottled water. so you can drink from re-used plastic bottles all you like, even if they have been frozen or left in a hot car.
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@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
24 Jul 08
thanks for the link/information galena. i guess this will help us more here in this discussion.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 08
this is what i like best in the link that you gave: [i]Q: What do you make of this recent email warning that claims dioxins can be released by freezing water in plastic bottles? A: This is an urban legend. There are no dioxins in plastics. In addition, freezing actually works against the release of chemicals. Chemicals do not diffuse as readily in cold temperatures, which would limit chemical release if there were dioxins in plastic, and we don't think there are.[/i] Thanks again, Galena.
@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
There has been a lot of new, discussions and arguments on this matter and I myself is so concerned on this issue because I do reuse plastic bottle of mineral water. You can check out with http://www.petresin.org/qa_002.asp. I think they have given a very helpful info on this matter.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 08
This is what I've got from the link you gave. And here are some parts that I've learn and must be shared to others. [i]PET is the abbreviation for Polyethylene Terephthalate, a polymer (a material of similar molecular units joined together into a long chain) used in the manufacturing of packaging for items such as carbonated soft drinks, mineral waters, juices, personal care products, prepackaged food, and more. PET bottles do not contain any carcinogenic elements. The compound referenced in the study is Diethylhexyl adipate, also known as DEHA. PET is cleared for safe single and repeated use containers. All bottles that are re-used should always be properly cleaned, using soap and hot water and then dried thoroughly after each use to prevent bacterial growth.[/i] Thanks a lot my dear friend. KEEP SMILING = NEIL
@NettyB (336)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Very interesting discussion going on here. I do not know about refrigerated plastic bottles, but I reuse mine for a month or so and then recycle it and start over. I have a PUR pitcher/filter system (all plastic) I use that water to refill my bottle for bike riding. I did tell my family to STOP heating up leftovers in the microwave in a plastic container because I had read about it releasing carcinogenics when heated.
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@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
24 Jul 08
that is actually my concern here, the one that we put in the fridge and gets frozen. more participants here claim it is harmful when it heats up, but what about the when it's temperature goes down? by the way, galena has a link at number 13th post, if you wish to check more about this topic.
17 Jul 08
Hi Neil, I haver never heard of that, but I have two old plastic bottles and I used them to water my indoor plants. These days it seems everthing cause cancer, how are we going to live if we listens to everything thats been said. Tamara
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@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 08
you are right my friend. if we listen to all things that says it will cause us harm or it is dangerous to humans, then how can we live. everything and most of all things we use, we eat, we have in the house and in the office are said to be not good for us, then nothing will be living now. they said the air we breath also has something that can cause cancer. Whew, can't add more my friend, just thank you.
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
17 Jul 08
I wonder why if you have a new plastic bottle of water that is considered safe but once you drink it and refill it it is now unsafe to drink from - hmmmm wonder why. How do we know how long that plastic bottle of water was sitting on the store shelf before we buy it. Personally I feel that the water companies don't want people to reuse a water bottle, they would prefer us to throw it away and buy a new one to make more money off us. I mean they are in business to make money. I don't understand they still sell plastic "pitchers" to use in your home for water, juice, kool aid, etc. and what about all the plastic "tupperware" containers that they still sell and we use to store food. Why don't they mention that those are unsafe to use also, they are also plastic. Makes you wonder if this is all true or just a way to get us to spend more money, I wish I knew.
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@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
30 Jul 08
you have a point there. just maybe, this is all business tactics of plastic companies and so as the water treatment and producers. if this is really true, then how come the government is doing nothing?
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I heard a long time ago that I should never re-use my plastic bottle because of germs and so on... so I asked about washing it and I was told that the heat from washing it could also harm us because the heat brings out some toxins? I would say it's not the best choice and I would just toss them to be safe... :)
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@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
I have read about that but I think plastics if not swallowed in large amount would not trigger cancer in us. There are many factors that triggers it and plastic alone could not trigger it. There are pollution, even depression could trigger cancer cells from activating and invade our bodies.
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• Malaysia
17 Jul 08
Yes, I think most of the plastic bottle may cause cancer. It's not safe to reuse the plastic bottles. There may be some plastic bottle with certain grade may be a bit safe. In my mind, I will think that's better not to use plastic especially for food or drinks.
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I have heard that too much plastic is harmful to your thyroid, I really don't believe so much plastic is good for anyone, I think we have given up some things such as glass bottles and placed our health at risk due to not wanting to risk anyone getting cut on glass, sometimes I think that we should really think about things a little better than we do. I think it is good to recycle but sometimes we just need to get rid of some things especially plastic things.
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@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I reuse mine also. But I don't reuse them for drinking purposes more than 3 times then they get used to store rainwater for the plants. we clearly label these bottles so there is no confusion. I have heard that ones with certain recycle numbers on the bottom do release toxins but don't remember which ones. I have tried using my filter bottle for my water but have never established a habit with it.
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@excellence7 (3477)
• Mauritius
17 Jul 08
I am certain that there are risks associated with plastic bottles. I do think that your sis-in-law is right. Prevention is better than cure.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Hi neildc, We also do that in my parents house and when I learned about this before, I started to get rid of it and sometimes, they will still use..But, There are bottles that can be recycled..I do know how true it is, at the bottom of it, you will see numbers such as 1,2 or 3 and that's the number of time you can only use it after that, throw it away!
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
24 Jul 08
actually we are re-starting to collect these plastics, and when it reach some numbers, we bring them to junk shop to make some extra cash. thanks.
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• United States
24 Jul 08
Hi neildc, That is also what my Sister and her husband is doing! Better that way!
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I'd herd of this somewhere else myself. All the years I delivered mails I'd freeze a couple bottles of water and take one with me when I left the office then I had another one which I put in the freezer at the convenience store where I took my lunch and bread so I'd switch bottles there and drink the water as it melted. Since I haven't been working I've been doing the same thing when I go to our local pool, I freeze a bottle or two of water to take with me. Of course on really hot days the water would not only melt but just about boil so obviously the plastic bottles have gotten quite hot and since I'd use the same bottles forever, washing them everyday but still reuse them constantly, they've gotten hot repeatedly. I'm about to give up already! We're supposed to drink plenty of fluids, especially when we're out in the heat and even more so when we're working in it, and water is better to drink than soda or other drinks that are full of sugar and sodium but now we find out we're harming ourselves by drinking water out of plastic bottles. What will be next? Annie
@Galena (9123)
18 Jul 08
we're not harming ourselves by drinking out of plastic bottles. that is a scientific fact. snopes.com seriously, this is a hoax.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Thank you for clearing that up! I feel quite relieved. Annie
• United States
18 Jul 08
It is not true! If you ever wonder if a rumor is TRUE or FALSE - go to: www.snopes.com and you can find the truth about myths, rumors and legends. :) Have a great day!!
@Galena (9123)
18 Jul 08
hehe. I tried that one already. they've got the bit between their teeth, and don't want to hear a simple, un-sensationalist truth, because then it would give them one less thing to be uptight about.
• United States
18 Jul 08
LOL - - Oh well, just thought I'd try.
@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
18 Jul 08
ive heared that too...not to recycle plastic bottles especially those exposed on hot temp. emits toxin which are of course bad for our body..they says or i guess i heared it in the local news by the company who uses plastic bottles for mineral water,distilled and the likes ..that its not good to recycle it..like the plastic that are being use for food take outs..its not then advisable..
@Galena (9123)
18 Jul 08
WELL THERE YOU GO. of course the company that sells bottled water would want you not to re-use the bottle instead of buying another bottle of their overpriced water.
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@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
18 Jul 08
is it that obvious?