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Back to Vitality: Why You Should Avoid Plastic

Plastic has become the universal container for everything. It’s versatile, durable, lightweight, and inexpensive, but it is not the best container for water. Plastic contains toxins that can gradually be released in water, especially as the plastic moves and bends. Water is commonly stored in PET/PETE (1 inside the recycle triangle), releasing phthalates which are hormone disruptors. It’s also stored in polycarbonate (7 inside the recycle triangle), releasing another chemical known as bisphenol-A, which is also a hormone disruptor.  Both are harmful in extremely tiny amounts, and neither form should be used for the storage of water.  Plastic also creates “static-like” energy that interferes with water’s natural electromagnetic field.  Whenever possible, avoid the use of plastic to store water – especially structured water as the extra energy in structured water can pull more toxins from plastic, just as it aids in the release of toxins from the human body. Glass and ceramic both support water much better than plastic, as they carry the resonance of the Earth and help to support the molecular structure of water.  Even though stainless steel is better than plastic, metal is not ideal. More than four or five hours in a metal container and water loses considerable structure and life force.

Then there are the environmental issues with plastic. Only 1 in 5 plastic bottles are recycled; it takes between 400 and 1,000 years for them to decompose. It requires 3 times the amount of water to produce a plastic bottle than it does to fill it, and bottled water costs over 1,000 times more than tap water. It takes the equivalent of 17 million barrels of oil just to make the plastic bottles for our bottled water consumption in the U.S., putting pressure on our energy resources and contributing to our dependence on foreign oil.  

Reliable research now shows that tiny bits of plastic are in our food, drinking water, the air we breathe, and, yes, inside our bodies. One research review published in 2019 calculated that the average American eats, drinks, and breathes in more than 74,000 microplastic particles (fragments of plastic smaller than 5 mm) every year. Certainly, there IS an effect on the health of our families and our planet. 

A prudent strategy is to limit our use of, and exposure to, plastic as much as possible.  Unless your tap water is contaminated with unsafe elements such as lead, it’s best to drink tap water. 

Visit backtovitality.com or call Val at 610-702-2687 to learn more about how you can enhance the vitality of your tap water and use glass water bottles to keep your water tasting like spring water wherever you go. 


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