A few years ago I saw a television program (on PBS I believe) that highlighted the green efforts of some fella who had been reusing the same disposable plastic water bottle for about one year. His intentions were good. I mean, obviously you shouldn’t buy bottled water over and over. However, in actuality reusing disposable plastic water bottles is not a very healthy.
Back in 2009, a piece from a local PDX news site features this idea of reusing a disposable plastic water bottle over and over and the advice came down hard on the side of don’t do it. An expert from the The Oregon Environmental Council noted that there are two major reasons why you should not reuse disposable single use water bottles – bacteria and polyethylene terephthalate.
Plastic disposable water bottles are also very tough to clean properly (all those weird ridges and a small opening). Experts say you shouldn’t put disposable water bottles in the dishwasher, because heat releases chemicals used in the plastic making process, and your hand obviously can’t fit inside one, so bacteria growth and chemicals are likely problems.
Because disposable water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate, which degrades over time, eventually, the bottle will leach phthalates into your clean drinking water. Phthalates can disrupt your hormones and the expert from the The Oregon Environmental Council further notes that phthalates have been linked to various health problems, “Including women giving birth to boys with small genitalia and undescended testes.”
It won’t kill you (of course) if you reuse a plastic water bottle once or twice, but with so many better, reusable water bottle choices out there, why would you? Plus, ditching disposable water bottles can save you a whopping $6,000 over 5 years. Listed below are some non-toxic, BPA-free, reusable water bottle options…