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It is also estimated that two liters of water are needed to bottle every liter on the store shelf, resulting in approximately 72 billion gallons wasted annually worldwide.
It is estimated that only one out of five bottles actually gets recycled, with mch of the rest polluting our environment and killing our wildlife as seen in the video above.
Bottled water has been found to contain over 24,000 chemicals, including endocrine disruptors, including phthalates, which cause a multitude of problems with our health, including:
- Learning and behavioral problems
- Altered immune system function
- Early puberty in girls
- Fertility problems in men and women
- Decreased sperm count
- Prostate and breast cancer
- Obesity and diabetes
- Liver cancer
- Male babies born with undescended testes at birth and developing testicular tumors later in life
- Boys whose mothers had high phthalate exposures while pregnant were much more likely to have certain demasculinized traits and produce less testosterone
There is a false belief of those drinking bottled water that bottles are now safe since they are produced without BPA. However, the BPS that replaced the BPA may actually cause more problems than the BPA did and there are several other components in plastic that are harmful to our health.
A 2011 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that almost all of the 455 commercially available plastics that were tested leached estrogenic chemicals.
It is important to never heat foods or drinks in plastic containers and avoid drinking water that has been sitting in a hot vehicle. Chemicals can also leech from plastic containers that have been washed in dishwashers, so it is best to hand wash any plastic container that comes in contact with your food, or better yet, use glass storage containers instead.