Bottled Water ~ Why Not? ~ Overview

  • Bisphenol A (BPA) ~ Why Not?
  • Harm to the Environment
  • Recent News
  • Water Privatization
Bottled Water - Why Not

Bottled Water ~ Why Not? ~ Harm to the Environment


It would have a profound effect on our world to remove the turmoil caused by the use of plastic bottles.

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Bisphenol A (BPA) ~ Why Not?

Warning: Bisphenol A

  • Light and heat can affect the plastics that can cause chemicals to leach into the water.
  • Some plastics have been shown to negatively affect our hormones.
  • Avoid all plastic bottles, especially for babies and children.

  • Canada is the first country in the world to take action on Bisphenol A.

  • In April 2008, Health Canada concluded that, while adverse health effects were not expected, the margin of safety was too small for formula-fed infants and proposed classifying the chemical as ''toxic' to human health and the environment.

  • After the release of that assessment, then Canadian Health Minister Tony Clement announced Canada's intent to ban the import, sale, and advertisement of polycarbonate baby bottles containing Bisphenol A due to safety concerns, and investigate ways to reduce BPA contamination of baby formula packaged in metal cans.

  • On January 15, 2010, the FDA in the USA issued an interim update on BPA.

  • Environment Canada listed Bisphenol A as a "toxic substance" in September 2010.
Government of Canada

"Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical used to make a hard, clear plastic known as polycarbonate, which is used in many consumer products, including reusable water bottles and baby bottles. Bisphenol A is also found in epoxy resins, which act as a protective lining on the inside of metal-based food and beverage cans."


Please see Bisphenol A (BPA) Information for Parents on the USA Department of Health and Human Services web site.  

Bisphenol A 

Repeating chemical structure unit of polycarbonate
made from Bisphenol A 

Recent News

Bottled Water Kicked-out of Canadian Campuses: 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

ten post-secondary campuses commit to protect public water

Birds, boats threatened
by the Pacific's Great Garbage Patch

By Marco R. della Cava, USA TODAY
Updated November 15, 2009 8:59 PM

By Mario Aguilera, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, via AP

Trash floats in the Great Garbage Patch, about 1,000 miles west of California. Refuse collects in the huge vortex, which is formed by ocean currents.

More plastic than plankton in Pacific Ocean 

By The Calgary Herald

January 25, 2009

"A mass of plastic in the Pacific, increasing tenfold each decade since 1945, is now the size of Texas and killing everything in its wake."

Toronto votes for plastic bag fee, banning the water bottle

By Allison Hanes
December 02, 2008

"... A ban on the sale of plastic water bottles at civic centres, effective immediately, and on all municipal premises from city hall to golf courses by 2011. ..."

Why the Oil Industry Benefits from Bottled Water Sales

By Richard Girard
June 26, 2008

"Most people know of Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon, ConocoPhillips and British Petroleum as some of the world's biggest oil companies. These corporations are synonymous with gasoline, motor oil and environmental degradation.

Regardless of their ubiquity in our everyday lives, many people are not conscious of how these names are intimately linked to the bottled water industry through the production of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles."

Water Privatization

The Water Privatization Task Force (WPTF)

The Water Privatization Task Force (WPTF) is a volunteer-based subcommittee of the Sierra Club's Corporate Accountability Committee created to educate Club members and the general public about corporate privatization of water/sewer services and threatened commodification of water itself.

The WPTF works to support Sierra Club (SC-US) and Sierra Club of Canada (SCC) groups and chapters confronted with corporate takeovers of their municipal systems or with loss of water resources due to over-pumping for bottled water or bulk water withdrawals. The WPTF has also initiated a national volunteer campaign to drastically reduce the purchase of bottled water.

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