Most of us don’t think twice about refilling our plastic water bottles. After all, it’s all in the name of personal hydration and it's eco-friendly! And there’s absolutely nothing harmful about a simple bottle of water, right?
Wrong! That plastic water bottle could actually do your body more harm than good, experts say. Why? You can thank Bisphenol A (commonly known as BPA), a chemical used to manufacture plastics, for your water woes. This harmful chemical can leach into the water and quickly grow dangerous bacteria in the bottle's cracks—that’s one of the reasons you should stay away from straws, too—and the health consequences are pretty serious.
We spoke to Kent Atherton, CEO of PuriBloc technology, about the risks of reusing plastics. "Sadly, many people buying plastic water bottles do so because they believe they are making a healthy choice when the opposite is more likely to be true," said Atherton. "Even BPA free products are not safe since manufacturers are now substituting other estrogenic chemicals, not as widely known, which may pose the same danger to human health. "