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Guest:Many are unaware of poisoning caused by re-using plastic bottles. Some of you may be in the habit of using and re-using your disposable mineral water bottles (e.g. Nestle, Bisleri, Aquafina, Kinley, Evian,etc...), keeping them in your car or at work. Not a good idea. It happened in Dubai, when a 12 year old girl died after a long usage (16 months) of SAFA mineral water bottle, as she used to carry the same fancy (painted by herself) bottle to her school daily.
In a nutshell, the plastic (called polyethylene terephthalate or PET) used in these bottles contains a potentially carcinogenic element(something called diethylhydroxylamine or DEHA). The bottles are safe for one-time use only; if you must keep them longer, it should be or no more than a few days, a week max, and keep them away from heat as well. Repeated washing and rinsing can cause the plastic to break down and the carcinogens (cancer-causing chemical agents) can leak into the water that YOU are drinking.
Better to invest in water bottles that are really meant for multiple uses.
This is not something we should be skimping on. Those of you with family - do please advise them, especially children.
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Although they company might have cautioned us by priting - 'Crush after use', none of them follow it. In India, almost all people use it for ages, say one year.
I myself don't lend my ears to those cautions and I will use them for a long time. Shame on me. I will try my best to change myself now-onwards.
Anonymous:This claim has been effectively refuted as an urban myth - see http://www.waterquality.crc.org.au/HSarch/HS32c.htm
Anonymous:I have looked at the website quoted by Anonymous above, and it seems convincing except that two of the sources are from the soft drink and plastics industries- not exactly objective sources I would think. Thus I suspect the truth lies somewhere in between. I highly doubt that a 12 year old girl actually died from drinking from the same plastic bottle over and over, but on the other hand I think the rule of thumb is good: don't re-use bottles for more than a week and even better, use containers that were actually designed to be re-used.
Anonymous:This is total bunk. Please do some research and you will find that you have fallen victim of a hoax.
SAFETY & HEALTH: Safety
Plastics: Cancer & Chemicals
by Utusan Konsumer
Soft plastics are more hazardous than hard plastics. The reason is that soft plastics are chemically unstable – they outgas into the air, whereas hard plastics are chemically inert.
microwave + plastic = carcinogen
an area of controversy!
There is some controversy over this issue of microwaving plastic. Since heat is know to release substances (remember we leach iron into our food from cooking in an iron skillet), I would personally opt on the side of caution. It may just be safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.
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