We generally don’t put in too much thought while buying bottled water. However, experts recommend that you check the bottom of the bottle before buying your bottled water, so you can protect your health!
Firstly, you must remember that every brand MUST label the content of the bottle. Plastic bottles labeled with letters like HDP, HDPE, PP and a few others, do not release any toxic material in the water, and the remaining letters can represent the chemicals found in the water you are drinking. Here’s how you could differentiate between healthy and toxic bottled water.
Here’s what you need to check while buying bottled water:
PET or PETE:
Single-use bottles are generally labelled PET or PETE. These kind of bottles can release heavy metals and chemicals that can affect hormonal balance.
HDP or HDPE:
Here’s one sign to tell you that your water is healthy. Bottled labelled HDP or HDPE is considered the healthiest since these kind of bottles do not release any kind of harmful substances or chemicals.
3V or PVC:
If bottles are labelled 3V or PVC, they release 2 toxic chemicals that can affect your hormones..
This type of plastic can not and should not be used in the production of plastic bottles, though it does not release harmful chemicals. However, it is used in the production of plastic bags.
Here’s another white colored or semi transparent plastic, used as a packing for syrups and yogurt cups.
If the bottle is labelled PS, it means that the plastic generally releases some carcinogenic substances that is commonly used in the production of coffee cups and fast food casings.
PC or non-labelled plastic:
This is known to be the most dangerous plastic in food products that releases BPA chemicals, and is used in the production of sports water bottles and food containers.
So, before buying you water have a look at the bottom and ensure you’re drinking healthy water!