Safe, Healthy Drinking Water
It is no secret that the water that comes through our taps is full of toxic chemicals including chlorine, lead, copper, mercury and bacteria. It became such a concern that many people turned to bottled water for drinking instead of tap water.
Then there were claims that bottled water isn’t as healthy as people think it is. Bottled water is stored in plastic bottles which apparently over time can begin to release toxins that can produce cancer. Most water sold in bottles will not have this chemical released into the water unless the water has been stored in the bottle for several months.
Studies have shown recently that phthalates in the system is increasing over the last few years and it is believed that this may be to the introduction of drinking bottled water.
Phthalates in the Home – What You Should Know
In recent years, there has been growing concern over human exposure to a group of widely used chemicals known as phthalates. Phthalates are used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl.
Phthalates are suspected to be endocrine disruptors. The human health effects of exposure to low levels of phthalates are not yet fully known, but they are being studied by several government agencies.
Phthalates are used in hundreds of consumer products. They can be found in some cosmetics and personal care products, including perfume, hair spray, soap, shampoo, nail polish and skin moisturizers. They are also used in consumer products such as flexible plastic and vinyl toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, vinyl mini-blinds, food packaging and plastic wrap.
The plastic bottles that your bought bottled water comes in is also cause for concern because they are not biodegradable, thus filling our landfills and littering our oceans.
Plastics endanger our birds and animals and can now be found in the bodies of everything in the food chain – right from the smallest to the largest organisms. Some plastics can take thousands of years to break down.
So if our tap water is not healthy and bottled water is not a good alternative, what else can we do?
Filter Your Water At Home
Why not attach a filter to your kitchen tap? Tap filters can reduce chlorine and heavy metals that are in the water and filtered water actually tastes much nicer too.
Tap filters are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. You can purchase filter systems for as little as $20 to $30 plus another $20 for replacement filters when required – possibly every four months.
The water filter I use and recommend is the Big Berkey Water Filter
Portable Water Bottle Filterers
You can also get portable filters that come as a plastic bottle (using LDPE plastic so it is safe) and it filters as you drink. You can take this bottle with you when you go out and fill it up at any tap and your water will be filtered.
These bottles will usually last for around 300 fills which is quite a lot. It also reduces the plastic in our landfills if you are using a portable water filter rather than buying bottled water.
Healthy Drinking Water Bottles:
When filling a water bottle from home to take out with you – make sure that bottle is also BPA and phthalate free. Here are a few good choices for daily water bottles:
By using water filters at home and also taking that water with you to drink when away from home, you can improve your health and put your mind at east knowing that you are drinking water that is not filled with toxins.
At the same time you are helping the environment by reducing landfill from too many water bottles.
Adding water filters to your home is just one step to living a greener and healthier lifestyle.