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A New Trend for Water Bottles
There is a new trend in water bottles. It’s a movement akin to bringing your own canvas grocery bags to the store, or using your own mug at the local coffee café. It is the environmentally conscious social shift toward refilling durable water bottles with tap water, therefore reducing use of plastic, store-bought, disposable water bottles.
Plastic water bottles are literally clogging our landfills and recycling efforts are still not keeping pace in making up the difference for all that added waste. It also uses about 15 million barrels of oil annually to manufacture all those plastic bottles.
And if that is not enough reason to switch to tap water, remember that more than 50% of bottled water is just filtered tap water – so why pay $2.00 each time you consume 24 ounces of tap water? Especially during these harder economic times when we are all budget conscious.
It is also not advised to re-use disposable plastic water bottles. From what I have read the debate continues concerning the leaching of a potentially carcinogenic element, especially when the bottles have been reused or kept in a hot environment for a lengthy period of time. You’re probably better off yielding to the side of caution if given the choice.
And you might not want to use the clear, hard plastic type water bottles either, as it has been recently determined that they also leach a carcinogenic chemical known as BPA (bisphenol A). These bottles were generically known as Nalgene bottles and can be recognized by the #7 recycling icon on the bottom of the bottle. The opaque plastic (white colored) bottles which the Nalgene Company produces do not contain BPA. I am slowly trading out my old Nalgene bottles for the new BPA free models.
There are a multitude of choices in reusable water bottles. You can try plastic canteens, BPA free plastic bottles (Camelback or Nalgene), stainless steel bottles (Klean Kanteen or Sigg), aluminum with a coating inside to eliminate the aluminum taste (Brunton), collapsible canteens, or hydration packs with water reservoirs. They are all good choices depending on the environment and circumstances where you plan on using it.
Of course, the bottom line is to always stay well hydrated, especially in the backcountry and during physical activity, no matter what kind of water bottle you choose.
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