Plastic Water Bottles,are they safe?

United States
October 5, 2009 10:26pm CST
While drinking out of a plastic water bottle, it hit me, what am I doing? Does the plastic chemical seep out of the plastic into the water? That was it for me , no more. Do you ever wonder, what happens to the plastic when sitting in the sun in there containers, stacked up case by case backing? I can imagine, there has to be some kind of chemical reaction! Youv'e seen them, at a gas staion convienant stores, sitting in front of the store, even better yet, inside the window in the sun, even hotter! These bottles are backing, and how long have they been there, day after day. What are we really drinking? It's proberly bad enough just in the plastic bottle, without the sun! You wonder why there's so much cancer, this is only one example. What are your thoughts on this? Do you drink out of plastic bottles? LET ME HERE YOUR THOUGHTS...
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@cher913 (25902)
• Canada
6 Oct 09
i have also heard about plastic bottles leaching chemicals into the water that you drink but i havent noticed that much that it affects the body. i do know that the district school board is planning to ban water bottles from coming into the school but i think this is more to do with the environment rather than health issues.
• United States
6 Oct 09
Hi cher913, Chemicals from the plastic enters your body, how much can your kidneys filter day after day? There is an increase of cancer, I'm sure this doesn't help the cause, never mind the processed foods with the preservatives! Alot of people drink bottled water, not good, more and more younger people are getting cancer, thanks for the comment, God Bless
• India
6 Oct 09
Cher.. Plastics bottles is harmful not only to environment but very much harmful to health too.
@dpk262006 (41779)
• Delhi, India
6 Oct 09
Hi dear! I also think like you that plastic water bottle are not safe and one bottle should not be used permanently for drinking water. We should keep changing our water bottle and bottles which are made of glass or steel are better options. Plastic bottles cause harm in the long run.
@ayebelle (368)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
I agree of what others said. Once you already used or drink the water in the plastic bottle , throw it away and never use it again. It can cause cancers. Yes glass is the best because it doesn't contain any chemicals not like plastics. Using plastics can also affect our environment, they cannot burn and once been burned can be harmful to our ozone layer. Researches said, plastic will stay forever here in our earth. We need 400 years for them to be totally gone.
@dpk262006 (41779)
• Delhi, India
6 Oct 09
Yes, you are on the dot, plastic is quite dangerous and in the long run, it will be a big problem to dispose of plastic. We should try to use bottles made of some other material. BTW, which bottles do you use yourself?
@jpso138 (7832)
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
From what I understand, plastic bottles should not be exposed directly to the sunlight considering that they might react and could cause serious problems. The reaction might mix with the contents. I am not sure but there is even numbers on the bottom of plastic bottles which would tell the user that these bottles can only be used one time.
• United States
7 Oct 09
Hello jpso138, Your right on! But you see it all the time. Who knows how long they are sitting in the sun at the store.. diaster waiting to happen, you think your drinking good spring water, but your drinking chemical water..what a let down..your being poisoned and you don;t even know it!! These bottles should not be used once! 0 Thanks for your comment. God Bless.............
• United States
6 Oct 09
yes its bad for you just like breathing and eating and washing too much and washing too little and passing gas and holding it in and did i mention breathing? Its hard to find anything that can be considered good and pure which is fine by me who wants to live to be 150 anyways. not like living that long has any benefit other then to count how many new wrinkles you got last week. seriously people sweat the small stuff and aviod the large problems. your safer drinking that bottle of water then consuming an artificial sweetner or breathing did i mention that.
• United States
7 Oct 09
Yes, but you can make choices,except breathing, why not stay healthy all your life untill you get old! If we can make things right for our children and the next generation,why not? As I mentioned before, there is an increase of cancer, what does that tell you? All of things, plastics, perservertives,etc; we can change as a human race, to make things right.. and live a healthy life...! Thanks for your comment, God Bless
@artistry (4156)
• United States
6 Oct 09
....Hi idtrebor, I purchase things in plastic bottles. I have heard that there is a leakage factor that comes into play. Plastic is made with oil, and that the oil over time does seep into whatever is in the plastic bottle. You can research this on the internet, probably under the safety of using plastic containers. But I would hope that the safety standards that are in place will assure that the amount of seepage is not enough to cause bodily harm. But you never know. The American Cancer Society has information available to women, which is not widely published, that taking a shower longer than twenty minutes, with water beating down on your chest is not good if you don't have a water filter system on your shower head, to remove the impurities in the water. Your pores open up and the impurities can enter your chest area and possibly cause cancer. Call your nearest center, they will mail you the information. Why they don't speak more about it, I don't know, but I have told all my female friends and relatives, so pass it on. Take care. Welcome to the ranch. Enjoy.
• United States
6 Oct 09
Hello artistry (238), Thanks for the comment, I don't have a lot of faith in our safty standards, to much cancer going around, I think our safty standards should be tightend up. Thanks for the good info, I will check it out, and pass it on, you should add this for a new discussions and get the word out.. Thanks God Bless
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
hello idterbor, I don't really have much of a choice here. I 'd rather use my mug to bring it on my journeys but unfortunately it leaks so i had to either use a tough plastic bottled water like the ones in the ice tea, gatorade. but i believe they can be dangerous if not properly recycled.
• United States
6 Oct 09
Hello LetranKnight25 I here you, but we all have choices to make, you are drinking chemicals from the bottle, and from that junk that they put in the soft drinks. We all need to send a message to these companys and stop buying these time bombs that are killing us with long term use. I've stopped using plastic, even for stoage. Don't be laid back, take controll, send a message, to many people are dying off cancer, younger people. this has to stop... Thanks for your comment God Bless
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
Hi! Plastics actually vary on their component. They are actually what we call as polymers. If you can try looking at the bottom of each plastic bottle, there are number notations, that actually refer to what they are made from. Not all plastics are unsafe. Normally, we can use drinking bottles - like mineral waters, once only. Sometimes we can also refill them but we have to make sure that they are not subjected to heat and acids. Plastics or polymers tend to react with the liquids, and with that, it produces toxic chemicals. But though they are toxic - they only exist in minimal amount which could not really affect our health. One advantage that manufacturers get with it, is that it produces other chemicals that add up to the taste of liquids - which make even more satisfied with their products. As long as you make sure that they taste good and you are aware of what you are drinking - I don't think that there will be an adverse effect to your health.
• United States
6 Oct 09
I believe in my heart, that all plastic bottles and containers are cancer containers, thank you for your comment. God Bless
• India
6 Oct 09
i do believe that plastic bottles are not safe to use...but it doesnt matter if we use it for a month or less..they do not react much during this duration..whereas if it is exposed to the sun for a long time then using the platic bottle even for 15 days is really bad..i use tupperware bottles which r made up of thick plastic which can be used for more than years if there is no wear and tear..i would recommend u to use this plastic if u rely a lot on plastic bottles
• United States
6 Oct 09
My point is also, you don't know how long the bottle was on the shelf and was it in the sun, try to notice when you are at a gas station, and look for water bottles sitting in the front windows, thanks for the comment. God Bless
• India
6 Oct 09
Hiiii.. With respect to plastic bottles you got to be very careful. Any and every plastic bottles undergo a quality check, each plastic bottle is marked with its quality and the duration of usage. These bottles are marked from 1 to 5. Take a look---- Turn the bottle upside down, at the base/bottom of the bottle you will see this number marked. 5 denotes best. Any bottle marked with 1,2,4 and 5 is safe for reuse. Any bottle which is not marked is not safe for a reuse. Its a use and crush and throw. Safety - ensure that you do not keep plastic bottles in hot sun, thats not safe.
@pclife (246)
• Malaysia
6 Oct 09
so true,plastic beg,plastic bottles & any plastic based product are having chemical reaction & it is at risk for open disease but to me it still not the main cause of all disease & danger , but it have certain effect that is not fair & suitable for the people... Therefore the present development of technology has been growing biotechnology to replace & improve this condition... so it would be no more plastic bag in the future..
@phayeth (519)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
well, there plastic bottle can only use ones, after the product is consumed u need to trough it out co'z the chemical are starting to lick.. u can always identify some plastic wears.. that can be use ones and the plastic containers can be use for alot of time.. for example a plastic water bottle, u can see a triangle like arrow with a number inside the triangle, it indicates the number of times u can use that container, if the number of indicates just one, the plastic water bottle can only be use ones..
• Malaysia
6 Oct 09
Certain precautions must be taken when using plastic bottles. Liquids stored in them can become contaminated if the bottles are exposed to the sun for a prolonged period. Try not to re-use the bottle again when you are finished with it. Purchase bottled drinks from supermarkets than from petrol kiosks or places where it can be exposed to sunlight and heat. Chemicals don't get into the drinks unless the bottles are subjected to extreme temperatures. If possible, try to bring along your own drinking water using metal containers made from stainless steelwhen travelling. Bottled drinks and many other foods contain colourings and/or preservatives which are linked to cancer.
@suprad1 (251)
• India
6 Oct 09
Of course. They are dangerous. One has to use food grade plastic containers on a very limited scale. Never go for recycled plastic for packing / storing food. It is highly dangerous and is carcinogenic. Some toxic chemicals do leach from the container into the food and is harmful.
@manong05 (5031)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
It takes a comprehensive research to be able to get to a clear and definitive answer. Being a layman, i trust that because it was approved by the authorities in health and food agencies for use, it must be safe. I've always thought before it goes out and be used as food containers as such, it has passed series of experiments and certified ok as food grade. cheers
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
Yes, they are safe as long as you don't put them under sunlight. When we use them at home or inside the ref. they are safe. But when heat is applied into them, that a different story. With all the cancers in the society right now, plastic is only a fraction of its causes. Think of other things like foods, chemicals, environment, habits, moods, etc., etc. Plastics is a good invention by man. If serve for its right purpose, it surely benefits us more than other inventions do.
• Canada
6 Oct 09
I saw a documentary that talked about soft plastics leaking a small amount of some chemical, which can effect pregnancies and small developing children. I think it was near a factory that made these plastics, so there were higher levels of these chemicals in the air, then most people were generally exposed to. For some reason, it was causing issues with women carrying baby boy's, and most of the children in the town were girls. They were saying that something about the chemicals was making children hit puberty earlier, too. Not sure if the amount in just a water bottle or whichever is all that harmful, though. The town had to have a pretty high level of this chemical to see these reactions.