Health Hazards of Reusing Plastic Bottle And containers
Many of us have the habit of collecting Mineral water & softdrinks bottle.
We then re-use the same bottles to store water at home, to work, at the gym, etc.
I used to do the same, till I realize the harmful effects it has on our health.
These bottles are made of grade # 1 plastic called polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
It is meant for one use only & is supposed to be disposed after use.
When you use the bottle again & again & with frequent washing, it speeds up the break down of the plastic.
Re-using, heating & freezing these bottles causes the toxic chemicals into drinking water like diethylhydroxylamine, Dioxin & Phthalates.
Dangers posed by the toxin diethylhydroxylamine (DEHA):
Health risks of the toxin Dioxin:
Dioxins are highly poisonous to our body cells causing cancer, especially breast cancer.
Danger to foetus.
Side effects of Toxin Phthalates:
High doses change hormone levels and cause birth defects.
Heating of plastics increase the leaching of phthalates from container to food or drinks, acting as endocrine disruptors.
Reuse & frequent bottle contact reuse also transfers bacteria and fungi from mouth & hands to the bottle.
These micro-organisms grow in damp or partially full bottles once they have been opened.
The risks of bacterial and fungal growth are higher if you use the bottle with a drink that contains sugars.
The Signs confirming contamination to look out for are slime or mold on your bottle.
If you find this, sanitize your bottle with a mixture of equal parts baking soda & bleach & water.
Soak your bottle overnight in this mixture.
In the Morning wash with warm soapy water, dry & re-use.
Tips for using Plastic drinking bottles:
Wash the bottle with warm soapy water once a week & dry thoroughly before reusing.
Also try drinking the water from the bottle without direct mouth contact to limit bacteria.
When buying bottles for regular use, choose those that are made from Grade no.2 plastic & so on.
A good example would be Tupperware bottles.
Drain, rinse, and wash your bottle immediately after using it with sports drinks or juices.
Do not drink water from bottles kept in the car for long, as heat affects the plastic quality.
Do not use plastics for warm/hot liquids.
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