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Easy Greening: Water Bottles

Easy Greening: Water Bottles

It is estimated that Americans will drink more than 30 billion single-serving bottles of water this year. Since these bottles are non-returnable, two million tons worth of that everlasting plastic will end up in landfills–and roads, and beaches, and streams. Refilling used plastic water bottles offers a number of safety risks; so just how are we supposed to responsibly quench our thirst on the go?

Plastic water bottles are non-returnable and since they are generally used away from the home they rarely see the inside of a recycling bin. Most water bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and have a lower recycling rate than any other common packaging materials, according to a report by the Container Recycling Institute (CRI). The quick solution many have adopted is simply refilling plastic water bottles from the tapóbut alas, these bottles are not made or regulated for reuse and quite possibly don’t have the physical characteristics required to be safely reused.

Along with the possibility of bacterial contamination is the risk that PET is likely to leach some ugly little phthalates (known hormone disrupters) into your water. Harder polycarbonate (PET 7) bottles, like those used by hikers, can leach a known endocrine disruptive chemical, bisphenol-A (BPA), according to research published by the journal Current Biology.

Solution: Get yourself a nifty eco-friendly, safe, reusable water bottle. Look for one made from aluminum or stainless steel, inert materials that have 0.0 percent leaching. Fill it up with filtered water from your tap, and you’re good to go. Is it as convenient as buying a frosty plastic bottle of water when your thirst summons? No. But will it save you money, protect your health from leaching toxins, and make the planet a better place? Yes! So go ahead, quench in peace…

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By Melissa Breyer, Producer, Care2 Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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10:43AM PDT on Sep 4, 2015

Thank you Melissa.

12:36PM PDT on Jul 12, 2015

Thank you Melissa.

9:23PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012


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9:13AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thank you

1:33AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Thanks for sharing

9:31PM PDT on May 18, 2011

I bought my water bottle a couple of years ago at Whole Foods Market. It is a high quality bottle, but I paid a high price for it. I now give Kleen Kanteen water bottles as gifts to my co-workers (especially when I see the drinking H2O from a plastic bottle. Best price I've see on Kleen Kanteen bottles is at Walgreen's (3.99 to 4.99, depending on the size).

5:57PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

If it's too cold out, your lips would freeze to it LOL!

10:49AM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

Maryjane Booth, you can buy a thermal bottle -the kind that keeps the hot or the cold!

9:21AM PDT on May 7, 2010

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