Find the Best Reusable Water Bottle for You: Ditch Bottled Water

| 6/17/2010 9:04:05 AM

water bottlesWe have heard it before; bottled water is an environmental evil. The water isn’t much different than tap water, it costs to transport it, chemicals can leach into your water and the plastic is piling up in landfills. Even with those cons, the bottled water industry is worth $11 billion dollars, and Beverage Marketing Corporation’s statistics from 2008 report that the U.S. leads in bottled water consumption at 8.7 billion gallons. Yikes. But it’s the convenience of just grabbing a bottle and going on with the day that keeps the consumer drinking up more.

If you still want more information about the bottled water industry, check out Water: Buying a Message on a Bottle and Water Wars: Bottled or Tap? Or see this slideshow.

Stopping your bottled water habits requires change. To end reliance on bottled water when we are out and about, we have to think reusable. For you, this could mean bottles made of glass, plastics, aluminum or steel. There are endless options.

Make sure you know what you are looking for when you explore the reusable bottle world. History has shown us that not everything is safe. You don’t have to think back too far to remember the scares associated with reusable bottles a few years back with BPA (Bisphenol A, an estrogen like compound found in hard plastics that has been shown to cause developmental problems in infants and children). Nalgene caught a lot of press when their products were found to carry this harmful compound. Since then, Nalgene and almost every other reusable bottle company have changed its formula and clearly identifies that they are BPA free. 

All these choices to end your love affair with bottled water, so where do you start?

I dove into the sea of reusable bottles and found a ton of different options. There are bottles for the sporty or for the stylish. You can flip up a lid, unscrew a cap or sip through a straw to get the hydration you need for the day.

M. Haller Yamada
9/17/2010 6:09:57 AM

What do you recommend for emergency water purposes? Our local authorities suggest 2 liters of water for each person for at least three days. Is there a good way to keep sterilized water? Is it possible to CAN water, just like I would do salsa?

8/2/2010 10:58:35 AM

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