Did you see this? A huge movement is on the rise. Organizations join the effort to become “zero-wasters”. San Francisco International is just the first to get on board with the nonprofit Zero Waste Alliance, banning the sale of bottled water. The plastic water bottle ban includes purified water, carbonated or sparkling water, mineral water and electrolyte-enhanced water. Adding plastic water bottles to its list of restricted food service items is part of an effort to become the world’s first zero-waste airport by 2021. Their goal is to divert at least 90% of waste from landfills and incinerators by recycling and composting.
Why You Should Avoid Plastic Water Bottles Anyway
So, while the environment is an excellent reason to ban plastic water bottles – how about considering what plastic is doing to you – and your kids? For years, plastics have been used to make nearly everything that surrounds us. But, along the way, plastics have escaped the confines of packaging and settled in the environment, including the food we eat and the air we breathe. Alarming analysis published by the journal “Environmental Science & Technology” finds Americans are consuming and breathing in a lot of plastic. Based on the available data, Americans ingest an estimated 74,000-121,000 microplastic particles every year.
How Much Plastic Do We Ingest?
As scary as it sounds, we ingest a credit card size portion of plastic every week. We may as well put lettuce and mayo on a credit card and munch it for lunch. How can that be? An independent Australian study at the University of Newcastle shows that, on average, we are swallowing 5 grams of plastic every week.
Microplastics Are Everywhere
This plastic contamination comes from “microplastics” – particles smaller than five millimeters – which are making their way into our food, drinking water and even the air. Microplastics get into food and air in several ways. Many start off as part of larger plastic objects, which over time fragment into smaller and smaller pieces until they become tiny: 5 millimeters or less in diameter, or as small as a sesame seed. People can’t see most of the plastics they consume. Some are ingested by animals (who then become our food); or they float through the air until people inhale them. They also settle on the food that people eat. The University of Victoria in Canada analyzed data from 26 studies and found that air, bottled water and seafood were the biggest sources for ingested microplastics.
Is Bottled Water Part of Your Lifestyle?
Bottled water is such a big contributor of microplastics that the Canadian researchers did a separate analysis of the bottles. When people drink their water only from bottled sources, they ingest about 90,000 microplastic particles every year just from that source. So, for example, if your city had clean tap water, (which in more and more cities is not the case, but let’s pretend for a minute) drinking that city tap water, people would only ingest 4,000 of such particles a year. That makes it a 22-fold increase in plastic consumption from one single lifestyle choice. That lifestyle is drinking bottled water. With these kinds of issues, small choices can make a big impact for you personally and for plastic pollution.
Plastic Leaches – This We Know
Other articles of note, especially one from National Geographic, written by Sarah Gibbens in July, 2019 state that ‘The hotter it gets, the more the stuff in plastic can move into food or drinking water’. Every part of the country this summer has experienced one or more heat-waves. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that June, 2019 was the hottest June on record.
Given these details, think twice before you grab a plastic bottle of water. Most plastic items release a tiny amount of chemicals into the beverages or food they contain. As temperature and time increase, the chemical bonds in the plastic, increasingly break down and the chemicals are more likely to leach. According to the FDA, the amounts are minuscule, but scientists looking at the long-term effects of filling our lives with plastic, say all those small doses could add up in a big way.
Ideal Water Storage is HDPE and BPA Free
The National Geographic study also recommends looking for water storage vessels that are made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and are BPA free. BPA is a compound that has come under fire for its toxicity. It’s an endocrine disruptor, which means it can disrupt normal hormone function and lead to a slew of dangerous health issues. Studies have linked the compound to breast cancer. The FDA bans BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups.
Therefore, as we study the effects of bottled water, and our cities water sources (definitely suspect in most cases) millions of people are exposed to unsafe drinking water every year in the US, says the “Business Insider”. Erin Brockovich is warning about an emerging drinking-water crisis in the US. (you remember Erin, right?) It becomes very apparent that we should be searching for alternatives.
Healthy Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles
Sagan Life is in the business of creating water purification products for everyday health as well as use in the outdoors and for emergency prep and survival. By taking one small step and using in the AquaBrick™ Water Purification System in your home, you will have healthier water every day. The AquaBrick™ System removes lead, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, industrial waste, toxins and chemicals from tap water. It will deliver safe, clean drinking water at the rate of a half gallon per minute. The high performance DuraFlo™ Filter inside the AquaBrick™ purifies up to 700 gallons of water using a simple air pressurized filtration system. It’s easy to fill and use. The DuraFlo™ filter purifies ANY non salt water source. It removes 9.99999% of ALL bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera, and E.coli; 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium. It even removes 99.99% of VIRUS, making this system a must have camping filter and ideal piece of survival gear. The AquaBrick™ is made in the USA and produced of BPA free, HDPE material for long term strength, durability and no leaching. It will sit on your counter and hold 3 gallons of water for daily drinking and cooking.
Everyday Water Filter Bottle That Removes Lead
Given the community wide issues of lead contaminated water, a personal water filter bottle is an important investment for the health of each member of your family. When you’re out and about do you want to drink the water at restaurants, the gym and various drinking fountains? I think not. Check out the article on water at your kids school. The Journey™ Water Purification Bottle has the same effective results as the DuraFlo™ filter. The Journey™ Filter is smaller in size, but just as mighty! It will remove heavy metals, virus, bacteria and all the bad stuff in our tap water and leave you with delicious, safe drinking water.
The Journey™ personal water filter bottle will go a long way to alleviate the further contaminating clutter of the plastic water bottle. What we have done to our oceans is simply unforgivable. The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” for example, is said to contain more than 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic and weigh the equivalent of 500 jumbo jets. The Journey™ water bottle won’t fix the problem, but will help reduce further pollution.
You CAN Control the Water You Drink
So, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. You are the only one that can control the water you and your family will consume. Don’t go a minute longer ingesting the microplastic fragments and other serious contaminates in your water. You can’t control the air you breathe or the food you eat, but you CAN CONTROL THE WATER YOU DRINK! The cost is minimal; Sagan Life will even pay the shipping! There are no pipes to install or plumbers to call. Just by using the AquaBrick™ System in your home and Journey™ Bottles for your family you’re taking a big step towards better health and a cleaner environment.
NOTE: All Sagan Life products have been tested and proven by independent water laboratories. The test results are on the website. WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: The personal water filter industry is not effectively regulated – therefor many manufacturers of water filtration products embellish and even lie about the effectiveness of their water filters. Make sure the water purification products you use do what they claim. Look for third party testing on filters you buy.