Safest type of plastic to store water?

Answered on January 23, 2014
Created January 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Besides glass, are the PET #1 water bottles the safest? They are much better than the regular recycle #7 3 gallon water bottles?


Made with Recycle #1 PET Plastic (the safe plastic)



There also seems to be "urban myths" about how #1 plastic is harmful but this site says its nonsense:




on January 23, 2014
at 06:46 AM

Yah youre right.


on January 22, 2014
at 06:05 PM

Found another brand of PET plastic. This brand claims its as good as glass.



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on January 23, 2014
at 03:27 PM

From a taste perspective, water stored in many types of plastic containers can pick up off flavors. I've also had that issue with some of the cheap SS bottles. We've had the most success with Nalgene water bottles. I've used Better Bottle products when I brewed beer and they were excellent except for a tendency to break if not handled corrrectly, of course that was 5 gallons of liquid.



on January 22, 2014
at 11:24 PM

I'm not sure if plastics in our food and water are a danger or not. All I know is that plastic compounds are being found in our bloodstreams, urine and breast milk, and they DON'T BELONG THERE!!! Time will eventually tell if this was harmful or not, but meanwhile, my children and I are not going to be plastics guinea pigs.



on January 22, 2014
at 09:34 PM

The safest plastic to store water is... GLASS. That's right, not a plastic. Reuse an empty wine or vodka bottle for the win. You could also go with stainless steel containers.

Yes, water doesn't dissolve plastic or plasticizers, but plastic leeches out plasticizers anyway. Ever drink something out of plastic and then drink the same thing out of a glass bottle and notice a difference? I remember this from drinking Coke many, many, years ago. Ever opened a plastic water bottle and noticed the water smells or tastes like plastic?

Then again...

As I look around me... my watch has a plastic band. I'm sure I could replace it with leather, but who knows what the leather was treated with... my cell phone, tablet and their protective case.. plastic (well, the tablet case claims to be leather). The keyboard I type on, the trackpad I use? Plastic... Seats on the train? Plastic. Water cooler at work? Plastic bottle, plastic cups. Plumbing? Plastic or PVC, hard to tell which. Anything purchasable from the supermarket comes in plastic and they even give you plastic bags. Grassfed meat ordered online, covered in plastic. Kids toys? Plastic. Pens? Plastic. Glossy magazines? Who knows what they use, but probably plastic.

Stuff is everywhere, and its composition varies... So maybe drinking out of it won't make that much of a difference when it's everywhere else in our environment.


on January 23, 2014
at 06:46 AM

Yah youre right.



on January 22, 2014
at 06:28 PM

Water doesn't dissolve plasticizers. These folks are fleecing suckers.

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