What is Leaching?
Leaching is the process by which substances are released from materials, such as plastic, into the environment. When plastic products, including water bottles, are exposed to heat, sunlight, or acidic substances, they can release toxic chemicals and other plasticizers, into the water or the environment.
Effects of Leaching on Human Health
When these chemicals are ingested through the consumption of contaminated water or food, they can affect human health. BPA and phthalates, for example, have been linked to reproductive problems, developmental delays, and some types of cancer. These chemicals can also mimic hormones and disrupt the endocrine system, leading to a variety of health problems. Additionally, exposure to these chemicals has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.