A lot of brouhaha surrounds plastic water bottles right now. People are finally starting to understand that just because they toss something out doesn’t mean it disappears. According to recent research, Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic was only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles are wasted each year. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to the plastic water bottle that are not only more affordable, but also come with some pretty neat features.
Nalgene bottles, often considered the original reusable water bottle, aim to help people simplify their lives while respecting the environment. Although rumors of BPA surrounded the bottles in the past, the company now proudly promotes their FDA-compliant and BPA-free, heavy-duty bottles. Available in wide- and narrow-mouth, these bottles range in size and lid style and have a variety of accessories to accompany them.
Thanks to the “flip, bite-n-sip” design, these sports bottles won’t spill their contents, even when the flip top is left open. Made with BPA-free plastic, these bottles come in a variety of styles, including insulated, filtered, and glass. I like Camelbak bottles because their website suggests which bottle would best suit your lifestyle based on your answers to a few questions. Although cleaning these bottles takes slightly more effort than other bottles, a cleaning tool can be purchased and the entire thing is dishwasher safe.
A more recent development in the green movement is the increase in popularity of glass water bottles. Takeya, a pioneer in glass water bottles, has several sizes available in their French-made glass bottle. And if breakage is a concern for you, these bottles come with a grippy silicone jacket that protects the bottle. Plus, the whole bottle and jacket is dishwasher safe.
With a mouth wide enough for ice cubes, but narrow enough for sipping without spillage, this stainless steel bottle keeps your beverage hot or cold. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, the Kanteen fits easily into my car’s cup holder, is easy to clean, and doesn’t allow flavors of previous beverages to linger after washing. Plus, if you’re stranded in the wilderness with this bottle, you can boil your water in it
Platypus Platy Bottle
This bottle is definitely the way to go if you’re looking for ease in packability. Made with BPA-free plastic strong enough to withstand both freezing and boiled liquids, this bottle weighs less than an ounce when empty and has a gusseted bottom so it stands up when filled. Perhaps the only downside to this bottle is the cap, which is essentially the same as every other commercial water bottle and requires you to use two hands to drink. However, different caps can be purchased if this type doesn’t work well for you.
These bottles offer so much from helping to always keep you hydrated, to saving the environment, filling these water bottles with water from discount water filters such as the ADQ36006101 filter will give you clean uncontaminated water.