We all buy bottled water without thinking twice – after all, it’s just water, isn’t it? However, it’s not that simple – have you ever wondered what the plastic bottle the water is packed in contains? Plastic water bottles are home to many dangerous substances which can have serious consequences on your health!
Millions of bottles of bottled water are consumed worldwide every day, which is a big concern. Each bottle should have a list of the used ingredients, but this is rarely the case. Have you ever looked at the bottom of a plastic bottle and noticed the symbols such as DPE or PP? Do you know what they mean? Continue reading the article to learn what plastic bottles you should avoid buying.
PAT or PETE
These initials indicate that the bottle is fit for single use. This plastic releases heavy metals and chemicals that can harm our hormones.
PVC or 3V
This symbol indicates a flexible plastic that is also used for packaging foods. It releases 2 chemicals that may affect our hormones.
HDP or HDPE
This is one of the best plastic bottles that is considered generally safe for our health and the environment.
Like the previous symbols, these bottles are the safest on the market.
This symbol indicates that the plastic bottle should be white or transparent. It is usually used for yogurt and is light and resistant.
This type of plastic is used for plastic bags and doesn’t release chemicals in water.
PS is usually used on fast food containers. These containers release dangerous and carcinogenic substances and should be avoided.
This symbol indicates common plastic that is dangerous and corrosive due to the presence of chemicals.
Besides knowing what the symbols mean, it’s also important not to reuse the bottles or leave them exposed to the sun as they leak dangerous substances.