IMPACT OF BOTTLED WATER ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

waterWater, as we know, is essential to life and good health. the bottled water companies know this and are struggling to provide a better picture of water, more exotic origin, fresher and higher quality. but when you look at it more closely, bottled water is not really better for health, it would be even more unhealthy.

The presence of toxic products in the water and environmental consequences have nothing good for health. that is why I question the fact that a water bottle company enjoys a health program like the challenge 530 to promote their bottled water. The diphenol has is one of the chemical compounds polyethylene terephthalate (pet) with which plastic bottles of water on the factory.

This product is diluted in the quietly bottled water and tends to increase in concentration with the reuse of the bottle. diphenol acted as a synthetic hormone in the body. it mimics the action of estrogen, the main sex hormone in women. assimilation of synthetic compounds such as a diphenol causes a large impact such as increased risk of cancer (prostate and breast mainly) and the increase of miscarriages.other studies suggest that these products reduce the size of the male reproductive organs through the generations.

It must be added that non-recycled plastic bottles that are buried entail the creation of a rich and toxic leachate can contaminate water around. Fortunately, in Canada, the use of bisphenol a is restricted to the manufacture of rigid plastic, it is now considered toxic. gradually toys and plastic bottles will be manufactured without bisphenol a. Also, there are a Canadian study showing that six months of storage cause the leaching of antimony, a toxic chemical, plastic to the water. That said, do not believe that this regulation will solve everything. there are other equally pernicious impacts, but more subtle marketing of water.

The consumption of bottled water has an ecological footprint much larger than the tap, and this for a water of equal quality. is that on average, to produce one liter of bottled water, it uses a lot of energy, 0.317 ml of oil equivalent. easy to imagine when the water we consume comes from the Fiji Islands! energy use contributes to the emission of greenhouse gas effects and by extension, to the decline of our quality of life. about the recycling of bottles, it is an expensive option for the environment as half bottles are recycled in China and recycling techniques are still polluting. the best solution is a good reusable water bottle.

The tap water is of excellent quality. In Quebec, 170,000 chemists perform tests on the water during the year versus 52 times a year for bottled water so why pay our water from 90 to 10,000 times more expensive for water harmful to health and the environment?