Golf Green Tip of the Month

 

 

February 2009

 

Do you carry bottled water with you on the golf course while playing? Water makes up 2/3 of the weight of the human body. Therefore, drinking water is essential for our survival. It is important for us to stay hydrated, especially during physical activity such as playing golf. Not only should we drink a lot of water, we should be sure that the water we are drinking is toxin-free.


Drinking water from plastic water bottles can be detrimental to our health. A common belief is that bottled water is safer than tap water. Bottled water is regulated, but unlike municipal water, the bottled water industry does not disclose its test findings of contaminants in their water. They continue to claim that bottled water is held to the same safety standards as tap water. When plastic is heated the chemicals that make up the plastic bottle become increasingly unstable causing the possibility of plastic chemicals leaching into the bottled water.[1] Some micro-organisms will grow to higher levels in water bottled in plastic because many times the packaged bottled water is stored for long periods of time at high temperatures before it is sold to the public.[2]

Additionally, using plastic water bottles is also harmful for the environment. In 2006 there were 36 million water bottles sold in the United States, and only 1/5 of those were recycled. The rest end up in land fills and will stay there for 700 hundreds years until they begin to decompose.[3]

 

An alternative to carrying plastic water bottles is to carry your own refillable water bottle, preferably one made from glass or stainless steel. Refillable plastic sports bottles can be safe, but be sure that it is not made of hard #7 plastic. This plastic carries BPA (bisphenal A), a plastic which leaches a chemical similar to estrogen into the water.[4] So, next time you head out to the golf course, remember to bring a safe water bottle with plenty of drinking water to keep you hydrated throughout the day to be on top of your game.

 

[1] Bottled Water Myths
[2] World Health Organization
[3] Earth911
[4] Environmental Working Group