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Are you still drinking out of plastic bottles?

Did you know that more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day? That’s a total of about 22 billion last year; yep, you read that right billion with a B.

That is shit crazy, right?

Alternatives to plastic bottles

What’s the Problem:

  • Tapwater gets tested way more often than your bottled water
  • most bottled water is just overpriced tap water
  • plastic bottles can leach harmful chemicals in the liquid they are supposed to protect
  • the risk gets higher due to extended shelf life and heat fluctuations
  • they never biodegrade, only break down into smaller and smaller pieces = microplastic
  • these microplastics are now in our food chain

Know your Water

Ok, so water from the tap gets tested more often, but how do I know what quality water I am getting?

Luckily you can now go and test your own water at home with a simple kit from mytapscore.com. This is thanks to John Pujol, the CEO of the company. He and his team have developed a way to make home testing accessible to all of us. Science eh?

Why should I test my water?

Since water is unarguably the essential liquid in the world, it makes sense to know how good the water’s quality is that you are drinking, right?

What seems like a harmless plastic water bottle contains hormone-disrupting chemicals like BPA and Phthalates. BPA has been shown to cause hormone imbalance in the body and has even been linked to various types of cancers, obesity, miscarriage, infertility, and neurological disorders.

Phthalates have been banned in many parts of the world. They are especially concerned for men and boys as they have been linked to lower testosterone and male infertility. ~ wellnessmama

What are some alternatives to plastic bottles?

Personally, I carry a 360-degree bottle single wall around with me everywhere I go. A friend gave me this one, and it is basically the same style bottle as Klean Kanteen.

Alternatives to plastic bottles

1. Klean Kanteen

Probably the most famous of them all is the Klean Kanteen. The reason why they are liked by so many is that.

  • Its a family run business
  • They wanted a solution to single-use plastic.
  • High quality is a must.
  • Donating products to local organizations and schools to use in events and fundraisers.
  • Providing Klean Kanteen water stations with free, filtered water at local events and family-friendly celebrations.
  • Sponsoring and participating in local events

So what’s not to like here. They have a massive selection of single-wall alternatives to plastic bottles.

You can get insulated bottles, cups and tumblers from Klean Kanteen too.

The Pros:

  • It is made from high-grade quality steel and is also one of the cheaper options $39 for the 27oz. The opening is big enough for ice cubes, and it is dishwasher proof.
  • Klean Kanteen is part of 1% for the planet

The Con’s:

  • Pricey.
  • Not to be used with hot beverages as it gets too hot to hold in your hands. Just opt for the double-wall insolated one if you want to carry hot drinks with you. I personally prefer a big opening, so it feels like I am drinking from a cup. But that’s just personal preference.
  • Not the easiest to clean like most reusable water bottles, since the opening is small.
  • Buy cleaning tabs for hard to clean water bottles.

2. Yeti Rambler

The Yeti Rambler is my second… actually my favorite alternative to plastic bottles in this list. I simply love the design of it and the bigger opening. I also carry it with me every day. This one, although it is the most expensive at 26 oz $39. However, if you like a stylish design, then this is definitely a great bottle. Insulates well, not as good as Klean Kanteen, but it’s hardly noticeable.

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Pros:

  • The design and the big opening. Great sturdy handle and just a cool looking bottle.
  • I use the one size smaller, and I am super happy with it.
  • Easy to clean – this one is important because often bottles with a small opening get smelly quickly.
  • Easy to fill with ice and whatever you want to put in your drink.

Con’s:

  • It’s pricey.
  • The lid is made from plastic #7 = non-recyclable.
  • If you are really picky about the water not touching any plastic, then you shouldn’t get this one. Otherwise, go for it.
Alternatives to plastic bottles

3. Öko Bottle

Although made from plastic, the Öko Bottle still deserves to be on this list. Simply because of the genius filtration system that eliminates all odor and gets your water tasting great. It was initially designed for space and had three different filtration systems according to the water quality you need to filter.

The Bottles are BPA and Phthalate Free.

I have had mine for over a year now, and it is still going strong. You do need to replace the filter, though. It is a super light bottle that I have come to love. It takes a little bit of getting used to since you have to wait for the water to go through the filter. But now I don’t notice it anymore.

With a filter capacity of 100 gallons, the ÖKO level-2 filter (included with every bottle) has been lab-tested to remove 99.9999% of giardia lamblia cryptosporidium, two of the most common contaminants found in open water sources worldwide. ÖKO bottles may also be used with other filtration levels (sold separately). ~ okoh2o.com

Pros:

  • Lightweight, the water tastes great, and with $26 an excellent price for filtered water on the go.

Con’s:

  • Made from plastic.
  • You have to replace the filter.
  • It takes a little to get used to drinking since you have to suck the water through the filter.

Update: I have parted from this bottle since my research led me to understand that any plastic leaches chemicals into the liquid or food it is supposed to protect. Usually, BPA is replaced with BPS, which is just as harmful but slips through the FDA approval.

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4. Hydro Flask

Of course, we cannot forget about the Hydro Flask. It is definitely one of the good ones. With a beautifully simple design in mind, wide mouth, and fans worldwide, the Hydro Flask has made its name under the reusable water bottles.

It is a stainless steel vacuum insulated powerhouse. Your drink will stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. It comes in for $36 for the 32 oz.

Pros:

  • Unlimited lifetime warranty.
  • Big opening
  • Well insulated

Con’s:

  • Due to the vacuum-sealed insulated layer, you can’t put it in the dishwasher.
  • The handle seems thin and will break after extended usage.

5. The Larq Bottle

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The Larq bottle is the world’s first self-cleaning bottle, and it does this with the use of UV-C light. That’s right; it has an Led light in the lid. The bottle uses a USB rechargeable battery that lasts over a month. UV-C light has been used for decades to sterilize operation rooms in hospitals since the light breaks up the DNA of 99.9999% bacteria and viruses.

You don’t have to wash your bottle anymore since the light will do the job for you. You can manually press the button, and you get purified water in 60 seconds. It will automatically turn on every 2 hours to clean your water.

I think it is a very slick design and a brilliant way to keep your bottle clean and disinfected at all times. I noticed that mine was getting a bit smelly, and I definitely didn’t wash it daily. Pretty convenient if you ask me, but you also pay for it.

The bottle here in Canada retails for $125, which is the most expensive water bottle I have come across so far. But even though I have not yet used it myself, I think it is worth putting on my list of alternatives to plastic bottles because it is such an original and innovative product that deserves to be promoted like crazy.

If you do get one, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Note: It does not get rid of heavy metals or fluoride in the water.

Pros:

  • It is the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle and sexy as hell too.

Con’s:

  • It’s is hella pricey and on the smaller side of bottles, with only 500ml capacity.

Which bottle is right for you?

So there you have it my list of the 5 best reusable alternatives to plastic bottles. I am also going to experiment with the Lifestraw and share how it went in another article.

Hopefully, this review has made your buying decision a little bit easier.

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