Bottle Battle - Bottling Your Own Water
Glass Vs. Plastic Vs. Stainless Steel Bottles
One of Aquasana’s taglines is “bottle your own”. Bottling your own water keeps disposable plastic water bottles out of landfills and reduces the extensive carbon footprint from their distribution. Our drinking water filtration systems can replace anywhere from 2,400 to 4,500 plastic bottles per filter set. Our Clean Water Machine is equal to 2,400 disposable plastic water bottles.
To bottle your own water, first you need a water filter, but you also need a bottle. The bottle options are staggering. There are entire aisles of different bottles: glass, stainless steel, plastic, insulated, with flavor chambers, disposable, collapsible. This list is endless and it can leave consumers wondering which one is the best choice.
Glass is the boss in the bottle category. It is the best way to store both food and liquids for several reasons. Glass offers “purity of taste” – it doesn’t impart any flavors into the water or whatever liquid is in the bottle. Glass also offers peace of mind. Many plastics, and some metal, vessels contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began warning about in 2010. Glass is chemical-free, made from natural materials, and dishwasher safe. When buying a glass bottle, there are a few things to look for:
- Has it been tested for lead and cadmium content? Make sure it has been tested and that neither are present – it’s that simple.
- There are different types of glass. Borosilicate is the top of the line – think Pyrex®. This stuff can withstand high and low temps without shattering and is lighter and less prone to break. Soda-lime glass or traditional glass are also great options that are less expensive.
Reusable, bpa-free bottles
Reusable bottles come in a wide variety from stainless steel to borosilicate glass. Plastic bottles frequently contain BPA, which has been linked to cancer in lab tests. The BPA-free stainless steel Clean Water Bottle is jam-packed with great features. It’s lightweight, shatter-resistant, and dishwasher safe. This bottle allows you to filter tap water while you drink (that’s right – it removes over 99% of heavy metals like lead, and chlorine, bacteria, and more). Not only that, but each filter prevents 600 disposable plastic bottles from entering the environment. So you’re not just helping your heart, you’re helping the turtles, too.
Stainless steel bottles
Stainless Steel Bottles are made from “culinary-grade” stainless steel. They come in a wide variety of sizes and different colors. There are no known safety concerns associated with using stainless steel, assuming it is indeed stainless and lead-free, but be sure to look for the NSF or IAPMO certifications. Some people think stainless bottles make your water have a metallic taste and that they heat up in summer temperatures, and some stainless bottles actually have plastic liners inside to avoid this issue – make sure to look for options that are plain-old culinary grade stainless steel.
Aquasana’s stainless steel bottles keep your hot’s hot, and your cold’s cold for up to 24 hours. Filter water at home and take chilled water on the go – this 25 oz. bottle is large enough to hold an entire bottle of wine.
Aluminum bottles look like stainless steel, but are, in fact, very different. Aluminum is reactive with acidic liquids. So, aluminum bottles have to be lined with an enamel or epoxy that can wear away over time. BPA is often the main ingredient used in epoxy. Like stainless steel, aluminum will also dent if you drop it, and it is not dishwasher safe. This would be the last option to resort to before purchasing plastic disposable bottled water.
disposable Plastic water bottles
Inexpensive disposable water bottles are made of plastic #1 or PET. Some people try to wash these bottles out and reuse them, but bottles made out of #1 are not reusable. Bottles made of #1 are not durable enough to withstand use, cleaning and reuse without losing their integrity. Cracks can form in these bottles and bacteria can easily grow. This is especially true if the bottle is stored in a warm area like a garage or a car.
But that doesn’t stop the production lines from making more. In fact, more than 60 million plastic bottles are produced, transported and disposed of EVERY DAY in the U.S. alone. Not only that, but for such a large industry, it’s fairly unregulated by the (FDA), and there are currently no government standards that require bottled water to be any better, purer or safer than tap water.
And you thought choosing a water filter was a difficult decision…