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Will This Be the End of Plastic Bottles?

Phasing out the classic plastic water bottle is long overdue. It is amazing how something as simple as a disposable water bottle can cause so much damage to the environment. It is one of the most wasteful and widespread consumable items ever. Plastic water bottles clog the oceans with plastic, top off landfills and pollute the environment with gender bending chemicals.

Engineers in London have stepped up to the plate with a proposed replacement for the plastic water bottle. According to the Daily Mail, they have designed an algae-based bladder that holds fluids. It is supposedly cheaper than plastic water bottles and would greatly reduce the amount of waste created by plastic bottles.

The product’s gelatinous appearance is said to resemble a breast implant. The designers claim that the product is edible, sustainable and biodegradable. Labeling can be added between layers of the gelatinous outer skin. The contents of the Ooho! are consumed when the user either pierces the bladder or eats the entire balloon whole. Each unit contains 9 ounces of fluid. Although not yet available for sale, the designers claim they only cost 2 cents per unit to produce.

It remains to be seen if this product will live up to its promise. The science behind the product is interesting. The skin is made using a process that turns liquid into gels. Whether it proves durable enough to replace standard bottles remains to be seen. Just as important is what the Ooho! contains. An Ooho! filled with diet soda or fluoridated water is hardly a health promoting invention.

No matter how well it ends up being executed, you should not wait to permanently jettison plastic bottles. Plastic water bottles are extremely wasteful and pose serious health challenges.

You may attempt to offset the environmental damage by reusing plastic bottles, but this approach is fraught with peril. Commercial water bottles tend to wear down from repeated use, which can lead to bacterial growth in surface cracks inside the bottle. This risk is compounded if you fail to adequately wash the bottle between each use, using mild soap and warm water. But even with washing, these microscopic hiding places may still allow bacteria to linger.

Perhaps more importantly, the plastic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates can pose serious health hazards, especially to pregnant women and children. By disrupting the endocrine system, phthalates can cause genital malformations, low sperm counts, testicular cancer and infertility in a number of species. This infertility and feminization may indicate a similar pattern taking place in humans.

A glass water bottle may not be as novel as an edible globe of water, but it is still the best alternative to the plastic water bottle. Glass is the perfect vessel to carry and consume cool and clear water from your home filtration system. For an even more healthful solution, slake your thirst with refreshing and revitalizing living water. Energized water can recharge your mitochondria, and deep springs are one excellent source. You can also promote structured water through vortexing or cooling it to 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Reverting tap water back into a vitality boosting element can provide enormous health benefits.
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