Carry your own water bottle – save money and earth

“We are sitting on a plastic time bomb.” – That’s what the report submitted by the Central Pollution
Control Board report to the Indian Supreme Court said. Plastic bottles are scattered everywhere yet
we are sleeping in ignorance. It’s high time we wake up and save the world in whichever way we can
for the generations to come.

Have you ever seen some celebrities carrying their own water bottles? Well, they can afford bottles
everywhere they go but they rather keep their own. Why?

 They can sip it every now and then to keep themselves hydrated.
 They are sure the water they are carrying is clean.
 They know the bottle they are carrying is of the material which will keep the water fresh and
uncontaminated.

When we can carry our big purses, why not the water bottles. It will be convenient for you as well as
for the Earth. No point in saying no to plastic in big health drives or seminars if we are not
implementing it in our daily lives. Heard of the saying little drops of water make a mighty ocean. If
you go out twice every week and buy 2 bottles, in the year you will save buying around 96 bottles
and will also roughly save about 250 dollars. Why not invest that money in buying a copper, silver or
steel water bottle which will last for few years.

Harmful effects of plastic water bottles:

Research shows that packaged water takes over 1000 years to biodegrade and if incinerated, they
produce toxic fumes.

The main target is Bisphenol A (BPA), an organic synthetic compound widely used as a starting
material in plastics. It seeps out of the bottle into the water causing diabetes, obesity, high blood
pressure and cancer amongst many others. The chemical is an endocrine disruptor that mimics the
effect of oestrogen in the human body.

Studies on Effects of Bisphenol A

However, much of the research into BPA and its effects have focused on rodents using very high
doses, much higher than any human is likely to be exposed to and higher than the safe level
recommended by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Benefits of copper and steel bottle:

Many of us have heard that drinking water stored in a copper vessel is beneficial for us. Storing
water in a copper vessel works as a purification process. It can kill all the microorganisms like fungi,
algae, and bacteria, present in the water that could be harmful to the body. It also helps maintain
the body’s pH (acid-alkaline) balance.

Stainless steel bottles can be used virtually under any condition. Because of their versatility and
durability, stainless steel water bottles are the bottles of choice for many athletes. By switching to
stainless steel, you can prevent harmful carcinogens from leaching into your drinking water.

Please think twice before buying plastic water. The choice to save money and Earth is up to you.

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