Friday, October 17, 2008

Yummy, More Chemicals

Do you ever wonder what's really in your bottled water? For starters, the plastic that you are drinking out of it isn't that great. It's non-biodegradable, probably has chloride, sprinkled with a little phenol and formaldehyde. Sure, you can argue that's better than tap water....but how do you know? You think the "proper" labeling will save your blood from having Bisphenol A.

It is the same question that scientists have been asking for two years and now the Environmental Working Group has published the results. The study's lab tests on 10 brands of bottled water detected 38 chemicals including bacteria, caffeine, the pain reliever acetaminophen, fertilizer, solvents, plastic-making chemicals and the radioactive element strontium. Some came from tap water that companies use today for their bottled water, other contaminants probably leached from plastic bottles. All of which is not good! Eight brands did not have contaminants high enough to warrant additional testing; however, two brands did. They revealed chlorine by-products above California's standard, and were identified as Sam's Choice sold by Wal-Mart and Acadia of Giant Food supermarkets. If we smart we would have taken the same approach as Gothenburg, Sweden. The city decided to stop buying bottled water all together due to "environmental concerns." What's next? Do you part to save what is left of this dirty world!

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