Reusable bottles save landfills, but what options are the safest?
Drinking water aids in digestion, improves circulation, regulates body temperature, reduces muscle fatigue, is great for your skin, and helps the kidneys release toxins. However, it’s not just what we drink that is important, but what we drink it out of that can also affect our health.
Disposable water bottles, like the ones you would purchase at a convenience store, have been getting a lot of negative publicity lately. Not only are they filling our landfills, but they can actually be bad for our health.
Bisphenol A or BPA is an estrogen- mimicking chemical used in many hard plastics. BPA exposure has been linked to cancer and diabetes with an even greater concern for pregnant women and children.
Which water bottle should you buy?
Here is a breakdown of some options to help you be informed before purchasing your everyday or your kids back to school water bottle.
Stainless Steel– Look for food grade 304 stainless steel bottles. This type of water bottle releases no chemicals and has been very trendy lately so you and your kids will look good carrying your water around. Some prefer the optional plastic cap stating that it reduces the metallic taste sometimes found with these bottles. Check out Klean Kanteen at www.kleankanteen.com or bobble at www.waterbobble.com .
Aluminum Coated– These water bottles are lighter than the stainless steel version, but they dent more easily. What’s important to remember with this type of bottle is to confirm that the interior is not made with a BPA material. The biggest name in this category is Sigg at www.siggnothamerica.com .
Glass– Another great non-chemical releasing option. Glass water bottles often come with silicone sleeves that improve grip and decrease the chance of breaking. Check out Lifefactory at www.lifefactory.com or Takeya at www.takeyausa.com .
In addition to these non-chemical releasing bottles is the option to add a water filter. There are different types of water filters; carbon filters, UV filters, or a combined carbon/ UV filter.
Carbon filters– According to EWG, “Activated carbon chemically bonds with and removes some contaminants in water filtered through it. Carbon filters vary greatly in effectiveness: Some just remove chlorine and improve taste and odor, while others remove a wide range of contaminants including asbestos, lead, mercury and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). However, activated carbon cannot effectively remove common “inorganic” pollutants such as arsenic, fluoride, hexavalent chromium, nitrate and perchlorate. “. The Brita Sport can be purchased for $8 on Amazon. Or check out this link for an activated carbon filter bottle. http://www.organicsurvivalistsite.com/water-purification-and-storage/lifesaver-bottle
UV filters– Use ultraviolet light to kill viruses and bacteria, but do not remove chemical contaminants. This is a more expensive option. The UV Purification water bottle can be purchased for $65 on Amazon.
As you have likely already concluded a combination carbon/ UV filter would be the most expensive, but strongest filtration option.
Even small steps can make a difference. The most important keys are:
- Don’t reuse disposable water bottles.
- Avoid plastic bottles whenever possible (even those labeled BPA free)
- Clean and refresh your water often.
“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” – John 4:14
Keep seeking the Lord for a healthy spirit, keep drinking water for a healthier body, and whenever possible choose healthy water containers to avoid excess toxins.