Green Girl Pans Plastic Water Bottles

It’s been a long day. You’ve had a couple of classes already, it’s warm out, your brain is fried, and you are walking up the long, grueling hill to your next class. You’re parched. Luckily, you remembered to bring a bottle of water with you to quench just this sort of terrible thirst. You reach into your hot, heat-consuming bag and pull out an unpleasantly warm bottle of Poland Springs or your Nalgene. You drink.

Not quite as satisfying as you might have hoped, am I right? Well, not only was this lukewarm sip of water unpleasant, it was also potentially hazardous. We’ve all heard the arguments for and against polycarbonate water bottles. Most dismiss it as something not even worth their attention; another scam that green advocates have come up with simply to make life harder: They won’t even let you have a nice sip of water now? Well, maybe you should listen to them.

Most polycarbonate contains the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, which is causing quite a scandal nowadays. Many companies are outright discontinuing their use of it, and many states have at least proposed the idea of doing the same. So what does it do that is so terrible? Well, you name it. The possible health effects are more dangerous for children, but tests have demonstrated that it poses a threat to all.

If by taking a sip of that warm, plastic-y tasting water you knew that you were exposing yourself to the possibilities of breast and prostate cancer, obesity, brain damage, infertility, and diabetes, would you think twice about drinking it? Well, I have certainly decided to think twice.

When my mother and I were college shopping, we made a point of buying me two quite pretty, if I do say so myself, blue stainless steel water bottles. No polycarbonate for me, thank you. If you are worried about the appearance of stainless steel, don’t be. You can buy a pretty one, like I did, or you can mask the fact that it’s stainless steel by covering it with stickers, pictures, or CD covers and no one will ever know the difference.

Note to self: Plastic is so passe.

Lily Berthold-Bond grew up in a chemical-free zone and has struggled her whole life to understand and accept this non-commercial lifestyle. Now a freshman at Tufts University, she has embraced her green life and hopes to share its possibilities with the rest of her generation.

By Lily Berthold-Bond


Colleen Reese
Colleen Reese8 years ago

So I've heard that the stainless steal water bottles are lined with something to keep them from rusting that's just as hazardous. Plus the SIGG brand is over twenty dollars and they don't hold that much water. So what's really a good option anyway?

Lynn Busby
Lynn Busby8 years ago

Well....all very well, but I live in Portugal where we buy our drinking water and it comes in plastic bottles. There isn't a real alternative.

Mayzie Love
Meredith Shelton8 years ago

I learned about this a long time ago and it took me a long time to find an unbreakable solution. I finally found Klean Kanteens that are made sweatshopfree and fair-trade out of medical grade stainless steal. It's worth it! my dad has prostate cancer-anything we can do to lower the chances!

Christine D.
Christine D.8 years ago

Just a few months ago I bought a pink plastic water bottle at Target. It's much more convenient that plastic bottles, and a lot more eco-friendly. I use it everyday, instead of grabbing a water bottle. Not only does this save plastic, but I save money on water bottles also, because mine was only $3.99, versus buying a $6 pack of water bottles every month.

Jennifer C.
Jennifer C.8 years ago

I love my SIGG water bottle. It is a gorgeous purple with a lovely Middle Eastern design. My students also joke about what might be in it, but at least they are talking about it, right?

Aarra Limberlost
Aarra Limberlost8 years ago

Okay, so today in Canada a bunch of stores voluntarily removed plastic bottles from their stores! Yea! A triumph!
I have a stainless steel one with earth friendly writing on it. My students keep asking me what is in it? I ask them how they are going to behave! :D Mmm water!

Egg Kat
Egg Kat8 years ago

Im tottaly buying a stainless steel bottle for eveyone in my family. No way am i gonna waste all that plastic and then kill myself 'cause of chemicals. Love your tips Green Girl! godd luck and keep at them! : )
"To thine own self be true" ~ quoted from Im not sure who

Robyn M.
Robyn M.8 years ago

I had no idea!!
I especially don't like the idea of my 6 year old using her bottle for school.
Next shopping day I will buy her a stainless steel one.
Thanks for the info.