Harsh? Respectfully Brian, I have to disagree. The reason the issue remains muddy is probably attributable to fact that there are business interests at stake and they act to obscure the facts. Additionally, the issue is new so there is no longitudinal data related to health outcomes in humans yet. Mice, well, that's another story I think. I'm not an expert in plastics, but I do work for the DOH and I am a professional researcher. I should be able to track down the scientific literature on the topic if I can find the time.
While it's true that you can use any container to use Sarah's book, it is called "Freezer Bag Cooking" and not "Titanium Cookpot Cooking".
Also, I agree that I'm fortunate in that I can use public transportation and don't need to own a car. It's unfortunate that it isn't an option for more people. If it isn't an option for you, obviously there's not a lot you can do. I'm not trying to be preachy, just to highlight the fact that I do worry about health/environmental issues across the board and that I'm not suddenly being paranoid about plastics because a read a news article and had a stray thought.
Ben initially said: "If we worry about plastics, then we really ought to worry as well about the effects of our synthetic furniture, funishings, and clothing (what do you think make them flame retardant?); the air that we breathe, the water that we drink (old pipes and whatnots) and the food that we eat. Most all of our chickens and cows are saturated daily with antibiotics and worse -- as that is the only way our agri-business can maintain the high animal population density without diseases running rampant. Feed lots are not a natural phenomenon. And of course, I need not go into pesticides and herbicides..."
Yes Ben, I think we really ought to be worrying about quite a bit more than just plastic water bottles. Speaking for myself, I do worry and I act accordingly in as much as I am able.
I strongly believe that, contingency being what it is, there are usually very undesirable repercussions for not worrying and, more to the point, not acting to remedy easily identified problems. Compromising is not really an option.
We don't need to sacrifice being engaged citizens and informed consumers in order to get what we want. Simply, holding the people who produce goods and services accountable for their business practices and their products shapes the market. When consumers don't pay attention to what what they consume, it leaves the production side of the market free to flood the market with inferior products that can impact consumers' health.
Anyway, back to water bottles, I don't know for sure that Sigg bottles are any safer than Nalgene bottles. That's kind of why I started this thread though. If I track down the MSDS though, we should be able to find out though, right? It'll take somebody with a background in chemistry and so forth though.