Recyclable plastic bottles laced with dangerous heavy metals and endocrine mimickers linked to heart and kidney damage
Drinking bottled water might seem like a healthier option than tap water, but a new study confirms previous findings that show this very much depends on the bottle itself and where you keep it.
The alarming new report shows just how prevalent chemical contaminants are in the plastic bottles commonly used for water and soft drinks. The plastic industry considers bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to be safe, and its recyclability has made it a popular choice among drinks makers and environmentally-friendly consumers alike.
However, study after study has shown that bottles made of this material can leach hormone-mimicking chemicals into the liquids they contain that can lead to a number of health complications, and the latest study just adds to the growing body of evidence that the material is less than desirable.
The study was carried out by government labs in India and has not yet gone public, according to LiveMint. Among the products tested were drinks, juices, oil and alcohol packaged in PET bottles.
The results indicate the presence of harmful chemicals, particularly lead, cadmium, and antimony, in amounts far higher than the prescribed standards according to the US-EPA.
One of the chemicals studied was DEHP, a carcinogenic endocrine disruptor that has already been banned in countries such as Denmark and France. Antimony, meanwhile, has been classified a carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. As if potentially causing cancer weren’t bad enough, it can lead to heart muscle damage and raised blood pressure. Another chemical found in the study was cadmium, which can cause respiratory tract infections and lead to kidney damage.