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Old 12-31-2007, 01:23 PM   #1
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I haven't been using disposable water bottles since it's so bad for the environment (as well as being cheap! ). But now it turns out that these hard plastic bottles aren't good for us! I'm ordering some stainless steel bottles from REI..... tles/


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Old 12-31-2007, 01:34 PM   #2
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The U.S Military has been using hard plastic canteens (water bottles) for at least 40-50 years and I have never heard of an medical outbreak of any kind because of this. With millions of service men and women drinking out of these vessels over that amount of time, I would think that if there was a problem that it would have been announced.

We can only worry about so much stuff. This is one that I am not going to lose sleep over.

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Old 01-03-2008, 10:33 PM   #3
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My work decided to start green-initiatives earlier last year. The first decision was to do away with the disposable bottles of water. What did they replace them with?

We all got brightly colored Nalgene bottles (from China I might add)! The next issue they faced was how to keep the containers sanitary, so my thought was to stick them in the company dishwasher every few days.

As a side note, people suddenly started reporting that water left in the container over night had a very strange odor.

After that, i did a bit of research and learned all about Bisphenol A. Came to find out that dishwashing was the worst recommendation I could have made! Hot water applied to the plastic causes it to leach even more of the chemical.

So, after all this, I chucked the bottle. I know, very environmentally friendly, and went back to my trusty travel mug and recommended others do the same at work...
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:53 PM   #4
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I've been using stainless steel water bottles and reusable bags I got from Reusable bags. I have a couple of different sizes and prefer them to plastic. They have a great little bag that folds up to a little smaller than a deck of cards and weighs almost nothing. I keep a couple shoved into a pocket in my purse.

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Did anybody see detailed in the article what BPA actually does to you?
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Besides for hormone disruption, it didn't go into much detail. Here is a chart with exposure amounts and behavioral symptoms in animal studies:

Bisphenol A - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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