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Is your water bottle poisoning you?

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The media’s influence knows no bounds.

After an April 9 “Today Show” story on possible health risks associated with reusable water bottles, Carl Moak noticed an increase in customers looking for alternatives.

“It started when Oprah mentioned it on her show,” said Moak, owner of Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Glenwood Springs. “Then the ‘Today Show’ did a story on it early this year and people started coming in.”



Controversy over the safe use of hard, clear plastic reusable water bottles stems from a chemical used in the production of the plastic called bisphenol A (BPA). According to ConsumerReports.org, BPA can leach from the container when it’s heated, as when left in a car during a hot day, contaminating the water. Concerns over the chemical’s affects on human reproduction was the main issue.

A report released early in July by the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group stated, “Consumers would have to eat more than 500 pounds of food and beverages in contact with polycarbonate plastic or epoxy resins every day to exceed exposure levels determined to be safe by the European Food Safety Authority and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”



The report also stated numerous biomonitoring studies measuring actual exposure levels have confirmed that typical human exposure to bisphenol A is approximately 1,000 times below the safe exposure levels.

But the fear has already spread. And it hasn’t stopped people from asking Moak about alternatives to the suspected tainted plastic bottles.

“We’ve seen a drop-off in sales of the traditional water bottles for sure,” Moak said. “We still sell them. But we provide resources, like websites, for people if they want to look into it further.”

Moak said that there are several alternatives to the plastic water bottles including aluminum, stainless steel and even new BPA free plastic bottles.

“It just depends on what the usage is going to be,” Moak said. “If you want something lightweight, the aluminum bottles are light, but they dent easily. If you don’t care about that then it’s not a problem.”

The stainless steal bottles are the highest priced whereas the plastic bottles are going to be much less expensive. But according to Moak it’s more about what you believe from the media and what type of bottle you prefer.

He prefers his polyethylene water bottle.

“I’m a user of all kinds,” Moak said. “I use them for running and I didn’t choose the polyethylene bottle because of the material it’s made from.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

jgardner@postindependent.com


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