The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and other international health organizations and regulatory agencies have approved plastic as a safe food packaging material. NWNA continually evaluates packaging materials to ensure they are safe for its customers. The company abides by all FDA regulations. All currently available scientific evidence indicates that the packaging used for bottled water is safe when stored sensibly, as for any food product– at room temperature, and away from solvents and chemicals – and the product is consumed by its "best by" date.
Phthalates are a family of chemicals that serve a variety of purposes. One member of that family, orthophthalate, has been linked to the disruption of human endocrines and development. PET plastics (#1) used by Nestlé Waters contain no orthophthalates.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
All of our “single-serve” bottles from 8 ounces to 3 liter that are made from non-recycled PET #1 plastic, as well as our 1 gallon and 2.5 gallon bottles made from non-recycled HDPE #2 plastic, are completely BPA-free. Our rPET bottles are made from recycled PET plastic that is carefully collected, screened and sorted to keep other types of plastics from entering the rPET manufacturing process. Given the nature and variability of the recycling streams, however, a small fraction of rPET bottles may contain trace levels of other types of plastics which, in turn, could result in trace levels of BPA in the low parts per trillion range. For this reason, we consider our rPET bottles virtually BPA free. All of our 5-gallon bottles are now made of PET #1 plastic, which is BPA-free. Our 3-gallon bottles are currently made from polycarbonate #7 plastic, a strong, clear and reusable type of plastic. In tests, water packaged in our polycarbonate bottles has been found to contain trace levels (less than 1 part per billion) of BPA. Based on consumer preference, we are planning to transition our 3-gallon bottles to BPA-free plastic bottles in the future.
Plastic Bottles and Leaching
PET plastics are identified by the FDA as safe and suitable for use with foods and beverages. There is no scientific basis for misleading statements about PET leaching dioxin and causing maladies. These plastic containers are FDA-approved for storage of food and beverages. NWNA recommends consumers treat bottled water as they would any food product and store it at moderate temperatures and away from strong smelling cleansers and chemicals. For more information see "Are plastic bottles still safe if exposed to extreme temperatures?"