Why does a plastic water bottle suck inward on itself, with it being full of water and unopened for years?

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rickharris6 years ago
PET plastic isn't necessarily gas proof long term but it would take some external lack pressure to suck air out - I go with pressure or temperature changes over time.
Bettix5 months ago

http://www.bettix.co.uk/plastics-fluorination/why-fluorination-the-problem -Here's the only solution to stop the paneling of bottles, get your bottle fluorinated.

DM62 years ago

Here's the answer: It's called panel sink?.........what? why that name? Oh well, here is what I found.


DM62 years ago

I am wanting to know the answer to the same question. I believe this experience of collapsed unopened water bottles is a little more detailed than we are told. Does the plastic degrade? Lots of people probably have cases of water that have had this experience after storing for a few years.

Is it dangerous to consume?

aeray6 years ago
Has it been moved to a lower altitude?
Re-design6 years ago
Because leaving water in a plastic bottle for years just SUCKS! Don't do it.
frollard6 years ago
Lots of reasons, I think most likely is nacho's suggestion that the bottle is permeable and lets some gas out.

Gasses dissolve in the liquid, thus acting as a liquid and not exerting their pressure on the bottle walls.

The plastic in the bottle could be actively 'eating' the gasses - I have no grounds to support this theory, but given that some plastics off-gas, it makes sense they might react with and store some gasses.
NachoMahma6 years ago
. Could be that some germs have used up all the Oxygen, Nitrogen, &c.
. Maybe plastic bottle are ever so slightly gas permeable and the gas gets pumped out with temperature fluctuations and/or variations in pressure.
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