It has been repeated thousands of times each day. At the gym, at the school, in the Office… many people use water sources in order to save the price of a bottle of mineral water.
But, as a matter of convenience, they won’t drink each time to the source, but using an empty plastic bottle and fill it. Once empty, fill it again. Over and over again. It is a very common practice but, according to the scientists, very recommended. Why is that?
“It’s just water, and the bottle is clean because it has only contained water.”It’s what we thought when, once the water, return it to fill to the source.The bottle is transparent, can not see anything strange, only drink us, we haven’t put anything other than water… What problem can have? Therefore, broadly speaking, two. The first is that the prolonged contact with fingers and lips increases the likelihood that entering bacteria inside the bottle.The second is that plastic bottles just wearing out, releasing chemical components and favoring the development of microorganisms. In short: fill a bottle with water may seem a harmless and perfectly normal practice, but presents a risk to health.
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Wash: problem and solution
As a result of a study at a school in Canada – which showed that the number of bacteria present in water bottles reused is so high that exceeds acceptable levels for drinking water – health authorities recommended that all who fill bottles that, before doing so, they wash them well. Mean well with warm water – but not hot, which makes part of the chemical compound that is made of bottle runs out pulling away and end up in the water – and a little mild soap. The problem is that Wash bottle helps kill the bacteria but creates new problems, because just by damaging the structure of the bottle, thing that he causes the release of chemicals. Also this damage in the structure of the bottle not do more than increase the chance of new bacteria to adhere. An authentic vicious circle completely invisible to our eyes: at first glance, the bottle looks nice and clean.
Clean to the naked eye but full of harmful components, especially Bisphenol A, a component that is used in the production of plastic.According to the European Union it is perfectly safe, but not everyone agrees. Its use in the preparation of feeding bottles is prohibited in the United States. Several studies have linked Bisphenol A to all kinds of illnesses, from depression to cancer, asthma and the low quality of the sperm. Other studies claim that reused plastic releases DEHP, a chemical component very usual but also linked to various diseases. There are no conclusive studies, but controversy exists.
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