Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Safe Drinking Bottle


Felton drinking water is very popular in the recent few years. It's not only convenient to use and cheap, the color range is very attractive as well. Hubby and I use it too after abandoned the old Tupperware containers. He owns the blue and I own the pink. So romantic hor?



I just received a circulation email from my colleague regarding the plastic coding system. The number listed from 1 to 7, and the worst are 3, 6 and 7!



So, I faster inspect the bottom of my bottle. OMG! It's 7! How? What am I going to do? All the while we've been not paying attention on this piece of number molded on our bottle. Is this forgivable? Huh? I can't imagine how much chemical I've consumed and how much is circulating in my blood stream. Oh no!

To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle.

Summary on the information picked from http://trusted.md/:

#2 = HDPE (high density polyethylene)

#4 = LDPE (low density polyethylene)

#5 = PP (polypropylene)

If your bottle are with # 2, 4 and 5, then it's fine.

#1 = PET (Polyethylene terephalate)

# 1 is the type of plastic bottle in which water is usually sold. It is only recommended for one time use. Do not refill it.

#7 = Undefined material, may consist Nylon and Acrylic.

#7 is the most dangerous one. Mostly those fabulous colourful hard plastic lexan bottles are made with polycarbonate plastics and identified by the #7 recycling symbol. It may leach BPA (Bisphenol A), a xenoestrogen. BPA is a known endocrine disruptor. It disturbs the hormonal messaging in our bodies. Synthetic xenoestrogens are linked to breast cancer and uterine cancer in women, decreased testosterone levels in men, and are particularly devastating to babies and young children. BPA has even been linked to insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes.

My next action will be to screen all the plastic containers at home, and to pass this information to everybody. Of course, I'll go to shop for reliable drinking bottles.


By the way, I can't see any recycling symbol embedded on the Tupperware water container. And through their website, they just confirmed baby bottles and baby toys do not contain polycarbonate. So, shall we use baby bottle as our drinking bottle?


12 comments:

cc said...

Gosh, I read about this a while back but didn't think of checking my Felton bottle, assuming they are safe. Apparently not!

Little Inbox said...

cc, I received the similar info too quite sometime ago, but I just ignore it. Too bad. It's not been too late to take action from this moment, right?

Wai Wai said...

Aiyoh, mine one is "7" also leh... si.. I must do a thorough check also on all my home's plastic containers....especially my kid's one, thanks for the info...

Little Inbox said...

:) No problem. Share it with all your friends ya...

Ninie Jane said...

hi little inbox.. :) got tagged for you :)

Little Inbox said...

Noted, thanks Ninie.

van said...

Hey, I do own 2 felton bottles as well.
Does it smells like burned plastic after washing for few times?
Both of mine stinks.

Little Inbox said...

Hi Van...hmmm, i dare not use felton bottles anymore. I throw them away just after I posted this message. :)
I don't even remember how does it smell? Yuckss.......

stargazer said...

Hmm.. My 2 PolyCarnonate (PC) <7> bottles still in use. Planning to switch to other brands with <2> or <5> such as coleman and thermos but its does cost a lot more..
Being a student staying away from my parents means having to rely on plastic bottle everyday. Good info. Even The Star Online recently posted this issue highlighted by Consumers Association of Penang (CAP)- if im not wrong, on +- 24th December 2008.
Hope the relevant authority will act fast to provide consumers with solutions regarding this matter.

Little Inbox said...

As a consumer, we have to get some updated info from time to time. We got to take care of our health. That's the reason I posted this piece of info here.

Hope you'll throw away your current drinking bottles. Now I use #5, which cost me merely less than RM10. You can find it in Tesco.

Anonymous said...

i'm using a felton bottle... but there's no number below.. is ALL felton bottle numbered 7?

ryan said...

Rather than inspecting every plastic bottle that you have before purchasing, why not switch to a product that you know is safe and we have been using for years...glass. We sell a great reusable glass water bottle with an elegant etching at http://livinglavidaverde.net/store.aspx and have some good advice there too. Also, tap water is safer than bottled water because of the regulations on tap water.