Problems With Conventional Plastic
Conventional plastics contain harmful chemicals such as BPA (Bisphenol A), which is suspected of causing neurological and behavioral problems in fetuses and young children and has also been linked to brain, breast, prostate, reproductive and immune system cancer. BPA has also been shown to advance puberty in teenagers, cause heart disease, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and even recurrent miscarriages.
Many of the one-time use water bottles that we see everywhere are made from a plastic called Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE). Studies have shown that over time or when encountering minimal heat, PET leaches the toxin DEHP into the bottle's contents. DEHP has been linked to obesity, diabetes, learning disabilities such as ADD and ADHD, cognitive and brain development problems, sexual development problems, and even cancer.
Conventional plastics are petroleum based, meaning they are manufactured using non-renewable oil.
"Over 1.5 million barrels of oil were used to make the plastic bottles consumed in the US last year."
-U.S. Conference of Mayors