People have a habit of leaving plastic water bottles in their cars during the hot summer days. Most people prefer to drink from plastic bottles instead of glass or steel cups, which is a big problem. Drivers also drink from bottles in their car which have been left inside for a long time.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, when the temperature outside is between 80 and 100 degrees, the temperature in the interior of the car climbs up from 130 to 172 degrees, which is even higher than the low temperature of most ovens. According to a study, a car’s interior can rise 40 degrees in just an hour!
If you leave a plastic bottle of water inside your car in this kind of situation, it could contain microbes which can harm your health. These microbes can be present in the water itself or on the plastic bottle, and they multiply beyond control with even moderate heat.
Plastic a serious problem in bottled water
According to a study conducted by the University of Florida, 16 popular bottled water brands have been found to contain bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA is a hazardous chemical which can cause digestive problems and brain development issues, which is why it needs to be avoided by children and pregnant women as well. Currently, over 2 billion products in the USA lined with BPA are being used by people every day.
There are simple ways of avoiding BPA, but the government is not fond of sharing them with the public. Even though the BPA levels in plastic bottles are safe, they can become dangerous after leaving the bottle in a hot car for 4 weeks. Due to the reactivity of the substance, the FDA admits it’s not safe to leave hot or boiling liquid in plastic bottles.
Besides BPA, plastic bottles also contain polyethylene terephthalate, a substance used in food and drink packaging due to its durability and weight. However, when heated, polyethylene terephthalate releases BPA and affects our hormone levels by mimicking estrogen, which can lead to serious health problems. And, while the initial levels of BPA in the 16 water brands examined did not exceed the EPA standards, scientists are worried about how the chemicals rise over time.
Although manufacturers claim that they have replaced BPA in their products with safer alternatives, the new products use compounds similar to bisphenol-A and cause similar health problems.
Everyone should be aware of the dangers of reusing plastic bottles, especially if they are dirty. People often get sick from the accumulated bacteria on the bottle, and end up with diarrhea. This occurs with almost all containers left in the heat, not just plastic water bottles. Never drink water from a plastic bottle which has been in your car for a longer time, or you’re risking serious health consequences!