There are dozens of reusable water bottles on the market but which are the best for the environment and you?
1. Single Use PET Bottles
Ok, so bottled water is undeniably convenient and you may think, I buy one bottle then reuse it over and over again. But repeated use of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) may promote some health issues including the leaching of our dear friends DEHP – a potent carcinogen and bisphenal A (BPA). Constantly reusing plastic bottles without washing may harbor bacterial growth inside any cracks and crevices inside the bottle, which cannot be too good for your health either!
2. Polycarbonate Plastic Bottles
These bottles are the most common type of study reusable plastic bottles. Polycarbonate is made from BPA as well and as the plastic breaks down over time, BPA is released into the water as well when washed or heated. However, in an article by the ABC, Michael Moore, Emeritus Professor of Toxicology at the University of Queensland, argues that just because there is BPA in the water, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dangerous. 3. Aluminum or Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottles
These bottles are made out of stainless steel or aluminum, which do not leach and are difficult to break and crack. They also don’t easily interact with whatever product you are consuming. However, these types of bottles do use a lot of energy in their production but in the long runthey are better for the environment when used over and over again compared to single use PET plastic bottles.
Obviously, there are a lot of different variables and decisions surrounding choosing a bottle. However, a permanent drinking water cannot only save you a bit of money, the environment but maybe able you prevent more harmful chemicals than the thousand others we are exposed to in our day-to-day life.
What do you think? What type of bottle do use to rehydrate?