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I drink plenty of water. Quality water – not from the tap. I am lucky enough to have a deep spring fountain at the end of the street so we trudge down regularly to fill up the 20litre containers for the fridge.

I’m not a fan of polycarbonate plastic water bottles. We’ve all seen the bad press. The new research shows that when it comes to BPA exposure it is the liquid’s temperature that has the most impact on how much BPA is released, according to University of Cincinnati (UC) scientists.

So avoid polycarbonate and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastics, both of which contain BPA. At the bottom of the plastic, there should be a recycling code.

There are BPA-free bottles now coming out, with a growing number of companies introducing eco-friendly plastic drinking bottles made out of plants rather than oil.

Polylactic acid (PLA), a plastic substitute made from fermented plant starch (usually corn) is becoming a popular substitute for companies wanting to show their green side. PLA plastic bottles have their own issues however, and unless they are industrially composted they biodegrade slowly with analysts estimating that a bottle could take anywhere from 100 to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill.  At this stage they cannot be recycled in New Zealand, regardless of what the Honest Water eco-bottle implies.

Rather than using disposable bottles, opt for an eco-friendly, healthy alternative. Stainless steel drink bottles are readily available, and you can reuse them safely. By taking your own stainless steel bottle, always re-filling and re-using, you are doing your part to help reduce the mounting plastic waste problem on our earth.

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