Mother Earth Living

Why Should I Quit Using Plastic Bottles?

Phthalates have been found to cause birth defects in male reproductive organs, to cause liver and kidney damage, and to disrupt hormonal systems in children.
By Natural Home Staff
July/August 2004
Add to My MSN


Content Tools

Related Content

Right on Target: Avoiding PVC

Major retailers are pledging to reduce PVC in their stores.

SIGG Unveils 2012 Collection of Water Bottles

Praised for being equal parts function and fashion, the heritage brand SIGG Switzerland is proud to ...

Bobble: Water Bottles with Built-In Carbon Filters

Bobble water bottles come with a built-in, replaceable carbon filter to produce great-tasting water ...

Bottled Water: Is Truth in Advertising All Washed Up?

The Start A Lie campaign challenges the idea of truth in advertising while targeting the bottled wat...

Q: I’ve read several articles about alarming issues concerning the use of plastic bottles, including information that dioxin is released each time you squeeze a mineral-water bottle. In addition, phthalates—added to children’s plastic toys to soften the plastic—have been completely banned in Denmark because of their possible toxicity. Your point of view on these common products would be awesome! —Chaz Martineau via e-mail

A: The word “plastic” encompasses a wide variety of compounds that have varying toxicity. Greenpeace has put together an excellent explanation of all the different types and their relative safety. (This also links to a database of non-PVC building materials.)

I haven’t read anything about dioxin being released when you squeeze a mineral-water bottle. As plastics go, clear, hard plastic bottles are much safer than cloudy, soft plastic bottles for water storage. And whatever minute amount of substances that may leach into bottled water need to be weighed against the many contaminants found in tap water.

Phthalates, however, are a problem. They have been found to cause birth defects in male reproductive organs, to cause liver and kidney damage, and to disrupt hormonal systems in children. In response, several European nations have banned PVC toys that release phthalates, while U.S. toy distributors are still debating the issue. I would not give a child a PVC toy.

Debra Lynn Dadd is an internationally known expert on healthy home environments and author of Home, Safe Home (Putnam, 1997).








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.