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Choosing a Safe Water Bottle
The Problem with Plastics
Studies have shown that water and other beverages in plastic containers may not be safe or desirable. Chemicals in the plastics can leak out into the water. These chemicals may cause a variety of health problems such as cancers, an increased risk of miscarriage, and interference with the body’s hormonal system.
The manufacture of plastic bottles uses large amounts of energy and generates toxic pollutants. Plus, although these plastics may be recycled, millions of plastic bottles end up in landfills each year.
Metal Water Bottles Are a Better Choice
A healthy goal is to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. It’s still a good plan to carry water with you as you travel, play sports, or go to the gym. In this era of green practices, the new focus is on staying hydrated in the most eco-friendly way.
• Instead of buying spring water, use filtered tap water.
• Replace those plastic bottles with portable metal water bottles.
• Aluminum bottles, such as those made by Sigg, are safe to use and can be reused repeatedly. They can also be recycled eventually
• Stainless steel bottles, such as those made by Klean Kanteen, are easy to clean and maintain. They can also fit into bicycle water bottle cages.
There are many sources for buying the new metal water bottles. Look in health food and natural food markets. Check out camping and backpacking supply stores. Some coffee shops carry both hot and cold bottles. And, of course, there are many online sources.
As metal bottles become more popular, there are many new brands popping up. Be sure to choose bottles that have non-toxic and non-leaching liners. Metal bottles come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and patterns. Ideally they should be both durable and lightweight. A wise consumer always researches brands and product quality before buying.
- Be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle.
- If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine.
- The type of plastic bottle in which water is usually sold is usually a #1, and is only recommended for one time use. Do not refill it.
- Better to use a reusable water bottle, and fill it with your own filtered water from home and keep these single-use bottles out of the landfill. Unfortunately, those fabulous colorful hard plastic lexan bottles made with polycarbonate plastics and identified by the #7 recycling symbol, may leach BPA.
• You can carry drinking water in those metal travel coffee mugs, also.
• Recycle your old plastic Nalgene bottles.
• Rinse your water bottles frequently and thoroughly.
• Cut in lemon or lime slices for extra flavor.
• Add electrolyte powder mixes for that sports drink boost.
• Get a bottle that can clip on to your belt or tote for easy transport.