Off-Water Odour From Plastic Bottled Water Now A Common Complaint

A recent case, reported in the Irish Times, of an Irish bottled water company struggling to survive after complaints of an off-water odour taste in it’s products forced it off the shelves of a major retailer, highlights the wider problem. An off-water odour or plastic taste are common complaints made when bottled water is returned. Water has no flavorings to mask the plastic taste that often affects plastic bottled drinking water. It is very likely but more difficult to decipher if flavored mineral water and other soft drinks have this plastic taste due to the masking effect of the added flavours.

In fact, plastic bottled water may be hurting your health. One study showed how plastic bottles release small amounts of chemicals over long periods of time. The longer water is stored in plastic bottles, the higher the concentration of a potentially harmful chemical called antimony, which is similar chemically to lead and is also a potentially toxic trace element. Antimony is a white metallic element that in small doses can cause nausea, dizziness and depression. In large doses, it can be fatal. It increases over time because the plastic is leaching chemicals into the water. So to protect yourself from plastic chemicals in bottled water, flavored waters and minerals, purchase them in glass bottles whenever possible or better still, don’t buy them. A low cost healthy alternative is to use a water filter in your home tap water and bring your own water in a re-usable cleanable water bottle. It’s also well known that plastic bottled water may be just filtered tap water and not the beautiful mountain-stream water pictured on the label…Read More (PDF)


August 4, 2015

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