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off gassing from plastics

 
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In the last year I've heard more and more about concerns of plastic off gassing. The most troubling being a report on NPR I heard a couple of nights ago. Apparently, a guy wrote a book about all sorts of toxic stuff that is causing all sorts of health problems. When asked to list the "most wanted", I think the second item in his list was the plastic commontly used for sports water bottles. That seems like a pretty common sort of plastic for beverages.

It makes me wonder about the plastic that bottled water comes in. And the plastic in the plumbing.

Anybody know much about this sort of thing?
 
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what is 'plastic off gassing'?
 
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I heard about that. Are Nalgenes bad too?
 
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Originally posted by David O'Meara:
what is 'plastic off gassing'?



http://www.wstf.nasa.gov/Chem/Off_Out.htm
 
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
It makes me wonder about the plastic that bottled water comes in.

I'm sure I read somewhere recently that when bottled water is exposed to sunlight the toxins in the plastic can seep out into the water. Nice.

Ah, just found this on Wikipedia:


In 2003, a chain email was widely circulated making claims about the leaching of chemicals from plastic bottles from repeated washing, rinsing or heating. The email mentioned the chemical DEHA, which is also known as di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate, however the email incorrectly named it diethylhydroxylamine.

When asked by Choice magazine, both the Australasian Bottled Water Institute and Australian Soft Drinks Association say DEHA isn't used in PET bottles in Australia, nor is diethylhydroxylamine. Food Standards Australia New Zealand issued a statement stating that the claims of the email are incorrect.

 
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I remember that email... here is the snopes report on it. Personally, I am not too concerned about any toxins in plastic water bottles. I am also not concerned about eggs, flouride, big brother, or the second shooter on the grassy knoll. I am more concerned about the lack of driving skill in the other drivers on the road! This winter has already brought one blizzard and several bouts of freezing rains, and I consider myself lucky when I don't get plucked off by some idiot doing 80 down an icy road each morning.

just my two cents. My opion might change come the summer thaw...
 
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