Health & Fitness

What You Absolutely Must Check When You’re Buying Bottled Water

While we’ve already discussed just how terrible bottled water is on multiple levels, if you’re going to be buying it, there are a few things you can look for on the bottle itself that will tell you a bit about the plastic.


Oftentimes you’ll notice a recycle symbol on the bottom of plastic bottles.  This lets us know that it is recyclable, but the letters inside of the recycle symbol tell us even more about that particular bottle.

Here is what you need to know about these letters:

If your bottle has PET or PETE, this bottle may have leaked metals and/or chemicals into the water, which could potentially impact the balance of hormones in your body.

If the bottle reads HDP or HDPE, this water is going to be the safest.  This plastic is the least likely to leak harmful substances or chemicals in the water.  These are obviously recommended.

If the bottle has PS on the bottom, its plastic might be leaking carcinogenic substances in the water.  These are often used in the production of coffee cups and fast food cases; it’s typically known as styrofoam.

If your bottle has nothing on its bottom or reads PC, it most likely contains BPA, which has been found to be an endocrine disruptor.  BPA is often found in sports water bottles and various different food containers.