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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?
The Problem is:
- 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 drink they are supposed to protect
- the risk gets higher due to long 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 most important liquid in the world, it kind of makes sense to know how good the quality of the water 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 and are especially concerning for men and boys as they have been linked to lower testosterone and male infertility. ~ wellnessmama
What are some alternatives for plastic bottles?
Personally, I carry a
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
- High quality is a must
- Donating product 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 there. They have a huge selection of single wall like the one in my video to insulated bottles, cups and tumblers.
The Pro’s: It is made form really good quality steel and is also one of the cheaper options $30 for
The Con’s: Not to be used with hot beverages as it gets too hot to hold in your hands. Just opt for the double wall insulted one if you want to carry hot drinks with you. I personally prefer a really big opening so it feels like I am drinking from a cup. But that’s just personal
2. Yeti Rambler
The Yeti Rambler is my second favorite in this list. I simply like the design of it and the bigger opening. I still find it spill water all over me with my medium sized mouthpiece. This one although it is the most expensive at 26 oz $49. 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.
Pro’s: I love the design and the big opening. Great strong handle and just a cool looking bottle.
Con’s: Its pricey.
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 originally designed for space and has three different levels of the filtration system 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 come 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
Pro’s: Lightweight, the water tastes great and with $26 a great price for filtered water on the go.
Con’s: Made from plastic, you have to replace the filter and takes a little to get used to drinking, since you have to suck the water through the filter.
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 all over the
It is a stainless steel vacuum insulated powerhouse. Your drink will stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. It comes in at a price of $36 for the 32 oz.
Pro’s: Limited lifetime warranty.
Con’s: Due to the vacuum sealed
5. The Larq Bottle
The Larq bottle is the worlds 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 of the bottle and a USB rechargeable battery that last over a month. UV-C light has been used for decades to sterilise 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 purify 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 did notice 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. Also because it is such a clever and innovative product which deserves to be promoted like crazy.
If you do get one, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Note: It does not get rid of heavy metals or fluoride in the water.
Pro’s: It is the worlds 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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- My zero waste journey so far. Episode 1.
Here is the video that goes with this article, kind of 🙂