Say goodbye to bottled water!
The Quebec media have been talking a lot this week about the dangers of bottled water, which, according to numerous studies, contains particles of polypropylene, nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Plastic was detected in 93% of bottled water samples from brands such as Evian, Nestle Pure Life, San Pellegrino, Aqua, Aquafina and Dasani.
Researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia, who is in charge of one of these studies conducted in several countries (including Brazil, China, India, Kenya, Mexico, Thailand and the USA), suspects that this plastic contamination comes from the container itself, releasing particles into the water it contains.
And while the extent of the risks to human health is still poorly understood, the environmental impact on the oceans is undeniable. So we thought we’d offer a few practical tips to help you reduce your risk of exposure to plastic particles in bottled water in your everyday activities.
A carafe in the fridge – If you want to keep water fresh in the fridge, use a glass carafe.
Cool your ice cubes – Yes, you read that right! While ice cubes are very popular in the summer, they quickly fall into oblivion when the snow starts to fall… and while they’re not really at risk of contaminating with plastic in their solid state, they can easily take on the taste of it so… it might be time to renew your ice cubes!
Make it your cup of tea – An aluminum or stainless steel kettle costs a little more to buy than a plastic electric kettle, but even when heated, metal won’t release chemicals into your favorite cup…
Use BPA-free reusable bottles – Durable, attractive and environmentally friendly, reusable water bottles are made from high-quality materials (glass, stainless steel or BPA-free plastic) that won’t release harmful substances into your beverage, saving you money and, not least, helping you control your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of fossil fuels and toxins released into the air during the production of single-use plastic bottles.
And if you have no choice… Be vigilant! – Because life is a whirlwind, there may be times when you have no choice but to buy a single-use water bottle. If you can’t help it, be vigilant. Unfortunately, the plastic used for bottling is not of sufficient quality for reuse (see previous point). You should therefore take certain steps to reduce the risk of exposure. Check the condition of the bottle and the bottling date. Don’t drink water that’s been bottled for more than a year, or that’s been opened and left to “stand” for more than 12 hours – you should never drink water that’s been heated in a plastic bottle, even if it’s turned cold again – and above all… don’t reuse the bottle.