Well, this one is probably one of my favorites. I am talking about the reusable water bottle. Since zero waste is trending all over the world it has become more difficult to pick the right ethical Company.
Everyone wants to cash in on the new zero waste trend. While there is nothing wrong with making a living, making a living at the cost of our health and the health of the planet is not right though.
What makes a good reusable bottle?
Made from a material that is easily recyclable and doesn’t require a huge amount of resources to make the product.
In my opinion, stainless steel bottles are the best ones to go for.
- the don’t leak endocrine disrupting chemicals in your beverage
- they are easy to clean.
- the surface of plastic allows for bacteria to grow and thrive
- Yes, mold can happen on any material that is in contact with water for a long period of time
- Health professionals recommend daily cleaning of your reusable bottle.
- The world’s first self-cleaning bottle is the Larq Bottle, perhaps the best alternative to a plastic bottle?
- A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute – which breaks down to 20,000 plastic bottles a second – and that number will jump another 20% by 2021.
- Bottled water is almost 2,000 times more energy intensive to produce than tap water
- Plastic bottles can take 450 years or more to break into microplastic.
- Researchers recently tested bottled water for microplastic particles and found that 93 percent of the water tested contained some sort of microplastic, including polypropylene, polystyrene, nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
- Tap water is strictly regulated by Health Canada and the provinces and territories, whereas bottled water is not.
- It takes three times the water to make the bottle as it does to fill it
- One gallon of bottled water costs approximately 2,000 times more than the cost of a gallon of tap water
- The amount of bottled water purchased every week in the U.S. alone could circle the globe five times
- As of 2017, the global bottled water market was worth $198.5 billion, set to reach $300 billion by 2024
- Other reasons why to avoid plastic bottles. Studies have found that plastic leaches into the substant it is supposed to protect. Especially when shelf life is extended. We don’t know how long this bottle has been on the shelf. Temperature swings also cause the chemicals to leach.
- Plastic bottles are not sustainable
- Some are just glorified tap water
- Thousands of chemicals found in plastic water bottles
- Drink tap and save money
How do I know which bottle is the right bottle for me and which company can I trust?
Here are my favorite alternatives to plastic bottles and yes, these companies have the right ethical standards.
I love the simplistic design and I am a big fan of the big opening. I don’t worry about burning my tongue because I can sense the temperature with my nose before getting too close to the beverage.
If you want to buy a bottle and support a good cause at the same time opt-in for the Dopper bottle, it is a clever design since it has both openings a small mouth and a big mouth. They are also part of “The Ocean Clean Up” so you are supporting a good cause here as well. And they look pretty slick if you ask me.
The easiest way to jump on the bandwagon is by buying a glass bottle from your supermarket. Since glass is 100% recyclable and it doesn’t lose its value, unlike plastic. Plastic can only be downcycled, from a clear bottle to yarn for clothing, or a park bench for example.
The only downside with a glass bottle is that it can break.
So instead of buying single-use plastic bottles opt-in for one of the above bottles.
To be sure that your tap water is drinkable and not full of contaminants and other substances to purify it. Get a home testing kit from TapScore for absolute peace of mind.
Another option when you go traveling or even when your city water test a bit funky you can use a filter. There are several companies providing you with such options but in my opinion, lifestraw has nailed it down. With this system, you can even turn your favorite reusable bottle into a filtered bottle.
There you go.
If you don’t have a reusable bottle yet, go ahead and invest some money into one that you love and will carry with you wherever you go. No point in buying one that just meets your needs. You have to actually like the bottle so it can become your daily companion.