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I hear that plastic bottles cause cancer

I recently had a young lady friend in my car who became flabbergasted that my idea of recycling plastic bottles was to refill them and stash them around my car. She proclaimed that plastic bottles were made to be used once and after that they would undoubtedly secrete secret substances into my water and kill me eventually through a slow and painful plastic water bottle induced cancer. She said this as I stated that I had over 30 plastic water bottles in my car, soaking up the suns rays as the days of summer heated up the water that lay stagnant in my bottles lying in the usually empty front seat of my car.

I later found out that it wasn’t only the free plastic bottles that I had taken from peoples recycling bins that caused cancer. In fact those cool hip hard plastic bottles made by Nalgene that were all the rage a few years ago have already killed hundreds of unsuspecting hipsters and college students who wore them connected to their hips and frequently refilled them unknowing that their water bottles were secretly conspriring to kill them.

I have been on a crusade against plastic ever since, trying to get people involved because as most of you know EVERYTHING is made of plastic, even the cheese they use in many chain pizza stores has plastic in it- well at least according to the book Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser- a must read for any aspiring PETA activist. What all those people who serve water out of Brita filtered pitchers do? How about microwaves- geez- I grew up without a microwave due to my fathers fascination with radioactive waves and how everyone who has a microwave will die very soon.

Tell me are these plastic people kidding- I think its some sort of conspiracy, at least I want to believe that- The one thing I could never give up is my Camel Back- that would be too hard, oh and my back country MSR water filter only works with nalgene bottles.

Because I just can’t imagine the prices of bottles if everything went glass. Voss water is uber-pricey, and pelegrino tastes like flat seltzer to me.

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  • abandoning eden June 25, 2008, 2:10 PM
  • Anonymous June 25, 2008, 3:03 PM

    >I later found out that it wasnt only the free plastic bottles that I had taken from peoples recycling bins that caused cancer.

    ….. you what….. ?

  • G6 June 25, 2008, 3:31 PM

    OK –
    Don’t ask me how or why I know this, but even those “Chicken Littles” who think everything from microwaves to leisure suits will give you cancer (oh, and don’t forget the cellphones ) should do their research.
    By the fatalists own admission, it’s ONLY those plastic bottles with the number 7 inside the recycle-arrow-triangle thingy on the bottom of the bottles that are dangerous to refill and I seldom see anything with a 7 anyway…..

  • Menachem June 25, 2008, 4:01 PM
  • Texgator June 25, 2008, 4:10 PM

    I switched to a stainless steel water bottle a few months ago due to these concerns. All plastic leeches over time….some more than others, but all of them do. Will it kill you? Heck, I don’t know. Is it that hard to change over to metal? No…so why not?

  • s(b.) June 25, 2008, 4:21 PM

    Click the link at my name Re: plastics and microwaves.

  • s(b.) June 25, 2008, 4:24 PM

    click the link at my name re: freezing water bottles and other things related to plastic bottles.

    Which is not to say that Camelbak isn’t being smart and catering to customers’ concerns by now offering BPA-free plastic water bottles. But they’re smart and money-making like that.

  • frum single female June 25, 2008, 5:05 PM

    i hear that all lives end in death.

  • suitepotato June 25, 2008, 5:56 PM

    frum single female is right.

    I recall the scare over Alar. Turns out that the research with the strongest evidence of a link to cancer involved the direct injection into lab mice of the sub-compound believed to be the culprit, DMSO, at a dosage of such high level that if you wanted to get that from eating Alar treated apples, you’d essentially have to eat a dump truck load of them each day every day for your entire projected natural lifespan.

    People still went batsh*t insane over Alar.

    Now if you want something insane… you should check out the naturally occuring compounds in various produce which, heavens, evolved there as natural pesticides. There are things naturally in many foods made since people have been making dinners, that will easily give you cancer if naturally occurring background radiation, sunlight, or oxidation don’t.

  • Nemo June 25, 2008, 6:15 PM

    Oh god, is there anything I can do to save myself? I only eat meals made in the microwave.

    (Basement life!!)

  • Xvi June 25, 2008, 10:56 PM

    Ugh… enough with these conspiracies.

    Until I see some absolute data and an article in a significant and peer-reviewed journal I will never buy into these fad-scares again. First there were bugs in my water, then DDT was banned (actually that came first…), then the globe was warming and now plastic bottles.

    I haven’t got brain cancer from my cell phone (BA’H) so i think I’m gonna continue reusing my powerade bottle until I have a really good reason not to.

  • Redhead June 25, 2008, 11:15 PM

    I read (I don’t remember where) that the bottle secretes chemicals only when exposed to extrmeme temps – like freezing your h2o bottle or putting it in a dishwasher. And this applies to all plastic, not just disposable water bottles. Like Tex, I switched to a stainless steel one about a year ago and not only is it a safety precaution (until they discover what kills us from stainless steel) I’ve found that my water tastes a lot better from metal than plastic. Much purer.

  • ahuvah June 26, 2008, 1:54 AM

    funny enough – i started using a brita to filter my water and pour it into a glass bottle that was originally filled with… grape juice! It actually tastes better from a glass bottle then the plastic bottles. And plus these bottles have screw tops unlike wine bottles. Fancier restaurants typically offer tap water in reused wine bottles.

  • Chris_B June 26, 2008, 10:28 AM

    You havent heard? Blogs have been found to cause cancer in laboratory animals!

  • heshman June 26, 2008, 10:33 AM

    I agree with XVI its going to be another excuse to raise prices, plus if they have all glass so many more people will be hit over the head with glass bottles.

    You know how many times I got in a fight- but all I had handy was a two liter plastic bottle- now imagine it was glass.

  • s(b.) June 26, 2008, 10:51 AM

    water definitely tastes better from metal and glass than plastic. I’ll probably grab a metal one, at some point. I love my cylindrical camping water bottle, though. I wonder where I packed it. lol

    after that article about meds in ny tap water came out, I started using a filter pitcher to refill a big water bottle I have around. My cats get filtered water, too. They don’t need drugs.

  • Future Druggie June 26, 2008, 10:08 PM

    If you believed everything you heard, you’d also pray to dead Jewish people.

  • Chris_B June 27, 2008, 1:27 AM


    Sorry but you are wasting your money and creating a false sense of security with that filter pitcher.

  • me June 27, 2008, 7:33 AM

    Is there a Breta filter made of glass?

  • Hannah June 27, 2008, 10:55 AM

    Plastic water bottles have been shown to contain Dihydrogen Monoxide which is present in ALL cancer cells.

  • Chris_B June 27, 2008, 11:19 AM

    And whats worse is they hydrogen dioxide in the bottles!


    I too have been keeping the same gatorade bottle next to my desk for a few years now, refilling straight from the tap.

  • Hannah June 27, 2008, 12:12 PM

    Avoid any bottle that you suspect may contain hydrogen dioxide, that really will kill you!

  • s(b.) June 27, 2008, 1:41 PM

    the filter doesn’t provide me with a false sense of security. I have religion for that.

    lol. you know I’m kidding.

  • pink pearl June 30, 2008, 6:40 PM

    i frequently buy gallon sized water bottles and use them for refills….does tap water have chemicals? dunno, but sure tastes like it…

  • s(b.) July 1, 2008, 9:34 AM

    I have one in my fridge that I refill (from the filter pitcher of religious security).

  • heshman July 1, 2008, 9:53 AM

    Tap water kicks ass!

  • s(b.) July 1, 2008, 12:07 PM

    NY/NJ tap does, but I’d rather not drink Long Island tap water. My aunt (who only drinks water) had breast cancer; she’s the only one in the family who ever had it. Apparently lots of women get it on Long Island; I can do without it.*

    NYC/NY state/NJ tap, however, I totally love. I can’t wait to get to the Ithaca area and see all the stars in the sky! THAT’s why there are brachot to say for exceptionally beautiful things.

    *I am not a hydro-engineer; I do not have stats handy to back that up; if you want solid information, please search for some; don’t go by my observation of my aunt; that would be foolish.

  • Paul July 8, 2008, 12:23 PM

    The only thing that research has shown is that studies cause cancer in rats.

  • heshman July 8, 2008, 12:30 PM

    I asked this question to Docdtor friend of mine and he said it was a load of crap.

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