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Do you use plastic water bottles?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 04, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I don't like buying the packs of water bottles (or water period) because of the cost and the wastefulness of constantly using and throwing away plastic bottles. I used to rinse them out with soap and warm water, but someone told me that the plastic can leech into the water itself over time, so I looked it up, and stopped.

I can't spend tons of money on special bottles. I need something that is reusable and safe to drink from.

What do you use? Do you use plastic water bottles? Why or why not? What type of bottle do you think is best to use, and where can I get it?

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on September 05, 2013
at 12:12 PM

That's disturbing. I wonder if water qualifies as a common-user solvent in the context of the research article. I think the risk is low for unsalted room temperature water, but perhaps I should re-examine metal water bottles; or better yet these "HercuGlass" unbreakable glass bottles. http://hercuglass.com/

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on September 05, 2013
at 01:43 AM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3222987/

"In some cases, BPA-free products released chemicals having more EA than did BPA-containing products"

50ef4a664144b97faa37430916739309

on September 05, 2013
at 12:12 PM

That's disturbing. I wonder if water qualifies as a common-user solvent in the context of the research article. I think the risk is low for unsalted room temperature water, but perhaps I should re-examine metal water bottles; or better yet these "HercuGlass" unbreakable glass bottles. http://hercuglass.com/

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on September 04, 2013
at 09:47 PM

I use a reusable BPA-free transparent plastic water bottle, with large mouth for easy cleaning. I've dropped my bottle so often that a glass one would have shattered by now. Plastic does limit storage of hot liquids, but you'd probably want a thermos for that anyway.

Getting a reusable water bottle is an excellent idea as you save a ton of money when out of the house and thirsty. Probably the most single cost effective item in my house (other than using legs for transport, but those items are attached to my body). My current 1L Kathmandu water probably cost me about $30 and has lasted, hmm, 3 years so far.

Don't get me started on the ethics of insufficient water fountains in public spaces and the sale of one-shot bottled water. I could rant all day. In fact other people have.

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on September 06, 2013
at 06:36 AM

Not often. I use a glass and drink water from the tap run into the glass.

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on September 06, 2013
at 06:28 AM

I use a stainless steel bottle, it's un breakable and light weight. In the water aisle at WF, there's a commercial brand of water in a steel bottle for $7, the best price around. Drink their water once and have the bottle for all time. It's not fancy, but it works.

I'm appalled to see all the fancy waters at a place like WF. What's the carbon footprint to import water from France or Fiji? Ridiculous! If you don't have decent local water, invest in a good filter, and refill your own, plastic-free bottle.

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:34 AM

I use glass bottles: http://www.lifefactory.com/catalog/adults

Admittedly, though, I don't have to carry them about too much. It's used at my desk at work. But there are no chemicals leeching into my water, no plastic taste in my water. I can put hot drinks or lemon-infused water in there, without worrying about the plastic reacting.

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on September 05, 2013
at 03:44 AM

Glass mason jars with re-cap lids, http://www.recapmasonjars.com/ I use the wide mouth on the straight sided pint or quart jars.

These have replaced all my plastic bottles for daily use. The lid is plastic but the contact with contents is very limited. They're not very flexibile, so fewer pthalates. They don't scratch or break down visibly when scrubbed clean.

I've been using these for over a year now. No breakage. Glass doesn't make it into the movie theater though, for that I use a blender bottle or buy bottled water.

I only use flexible plastic water bottles while running, and rarely run far enough to need that anymore. If you don't use it all the time the squeezable plastic tastes like crap. So I don't even go there if I can avoid it.

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on September 05, 2013
at 12:23 AM

I have about 10 different Nalgene bottles. You can fill them half way, freeze them, add water and they stay cool for hours. You can throw them into your bag -- they never leak.

They are all BPA free, made from recycled materials. My oldest one is about 8 years old (when they went to all bpa free)

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on September 04, 2013
at 08:46 PM

this: http://picture.yatego.com/images/4e6dec4fc0f208.7/big_GF1000-kqh/1-liter-glasflasche-mit-bgelverschluss.jpg

costs 1 euro. only disadvantage is that it is heavier than plastic or steel, but one gets used to it.

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