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The 411 On Plastic Water Bottles… and Cash Receipts?

By Theodora Filis

Plastic water bottles have become a staple in everyone‘s lives. If you live in the westernized world or any part of the world for that matter, you have opened and drank from a plastic water bottle. Chances are you drink several a day. Plastic. Cheap and convenient. What could possibly be wrong with that?  Well… a lot. An industrial chemical present in many hard plastic bottles and metal based food and beverage cans called Bisphenol A (BPA) leaches into our drinking water and food from plastic containers. BPA is present in certain food contact materials because it is used in the production of polycarbonate and epoxy-phenolic resins. Polycarbonate (PC) is a plastic widely used in articles such as infant feeding bottles, tableware (plates, mugs, jugs, beakers), microwave oven ware, storage containers, returnable water and milk bottles, and refillable water containers. BPA was first approved by the FDA in the early 1960’s. In recent years, concerns have been raised about BP…