Drinking bottles do well in chemical test

22. jan 2016

A new laboratory test shows that none of the 8 tested drinking bottles contain problematic amounts of unwanted chemicals. The test shows that only one drinking bottle emits small amounts of chemical substances and only one other bottle emits small amounts of aluminum.

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Drinking bottles
Photo: Anne Beck Christensen

Drinking bottles are commonly found in many children’s school bags. It is a product that children daily use to drink water or maybe juice and lemonade.

The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals sent 8 drinking bottles for testing in a laboratory to examine whether or not they released unwanted chemicals – for example suspected endocrine disruptors like phthalates or bisphenol A.

“It is important that products which children are in daily close contact with, do not contain chemicals which are suspected of being endocrine disruptors. In this test we applaud the manufacturers for producing drinking bottles with almost no unwanted chemicals. The test shows that the consumers confidently can let their children drink from the bottles,” says Christel Søgaard Kirkeby, project manager at The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals.

Included in the test are 4 plastic drinking bottles, 1 glass drinking bottle with a plastic lid and 3 metal drinking bottles.

2 drinking bottles release small amounts of chemical substances

In the test it is examined if the materials of the drinking bottles release chemical substances to the liquid in the drinking bottle.

The plastic drinking bottles do well in this part of the test. One bottle releases small amounts of chemical substances to sour liquids like lemonade or juice. The test does not measure which substances and the measured release is under the limit value. Project manager Christel Søgaard Kirkeby points out that it is unfortunate that the particular drinking bottle emits chemical substances to the content inside. However, in this instance the amounts are very small and probably not problematic.

2 of the metal drinking bottles receive the best mark in the test. The third bottle of metal releases small amounts of aluminum and gets an average assessment. The release is under the guideline value but above the limit value for tap water.

“Among scientists there are discussions about how aluminum affects us. A risk assessment from the Norwegian authorities concludes that our total exposure to aluminum is too high. Consequently this drinking bottle only receives an average assessment because it is an unnecessary source of extra aluminum even though the concentration is small,” says Christel Søgaard Kirkeby.

For more information:

Mrs Christel Søgaard Kirkeby, csk@fbr.dk, +45 72 11 88 14