Safe Water Bottles

With all of the hoopla about water bottles and plastic these days, taking a simple drink of water can be a bit intimidating.  If you use a water bottle for the gym or as a way to ‘measure’ how much water you are drinking through the course of the day, you probably have become hyper-aware of the possible health risks that your seemingly innocent water bottle may pose.  Certain types of plastics used in water bottles can leach into your water.  Basically, if you can taste plastic, you are drinking it…so it pays to get another bottle.  Here is a short breakdown of what to avoid:

  • Dispose of the Disposable: Look at the recycling symbol on the bottom of the bottle. Disposable water bottles (your typical Poland Spring and Evian types) usually have a #1 in the center of the symbol, and are only recommended for one time use. The temptation to refill it can be overwhelming, but resist that urge.  Instead, look for a reusable option that you can purchase.
  • BPA: Bottles with the #7 recycling symbol are considered hazardous, potentially leaching BPA (Bisphenol A).  This chemical is linked to breast cancer and uterine cancer in women, decreased testosterone levels in men, and are particularly devastating to babies and young children. BPA has even been linked to insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes.

As technologies advance, it seems that somehow we take steps backwards, needing to right the ‘toxic’ wrongs that we have created.  Don’t despair.  There are manufacturers who have already come up with safe solutions.  Here are a few:

  • CamelBak BPA-Free: Plastic bottles, that don’t contain the chemical BPA
  • SIGG: A Swiss-Made, lightweight aluminum option.  The inner coating is non-toxic as well.  And if you have kids, try their kid-sized bottles and grip handle add-ons
  • Nalgene:  In response to these recent concerns, Nalgene has created a safer plastic option as well.
  • Klean Kanteen: A Stainless steel option that does not leach toxic chemicals

Do you have a favorite water bottle that is safe?  Tell us!


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  • Jodee

    Check out Filter as you drink. Safe, BPA-free bottles with replaceable filters, can be used hundreds of times. Filter reduces chlorine, heavy metals, odor and bad taste. Save money, save your health, save the planet.

    • Brett

      Jodee…thanks. That seems like a great product for people who can’t filter the water they put into their water bottles!

  • http://yahoo dave

    I think we should focus on glass too. Use it for packaging darn near everything we eat. Have the companies focus on the eye catching label rather than the packaging material. Recycle ALL glass by getting paid for it, after you crush it, by the pound. Why is this so difficult? Can you imagine the effect on the environment? You plastics companies, make tables and chairs and toolboxes and toys…but use glass for food…yay!

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  • SteveO

    The glass bottle mention here at “ is “$$$ TWENTY BUCKS”

    Seriously why not just use a glass bottle you can aquire about anywhere for much cheaper?

  • Brandy

    I know someone already mentioned the glass bottles at but I just wanted to put my vote in for them too! I have been using mine for about 8 months and I still love it…unlike my metal and plastic bottles which sit in my cupboard b/c they get a gross taste :)

  • John G

    Great tip!Thanks for sharing that with all of us.

    John G

  • Ryan

    There are a lot of great choices out there if you want to avoid non reusable plastic containers. Non reusable plastic containers are not only bad for us, but the majority of them are not recycled, thus ending up in our landfills and sadly our oceans (see “Plastic Gyre”). While I know that some of the options mentioned are “safer” options, I have tried most of them. There is still some concern even for lab hardened plastic like Nalgene, and the aluminum bottles eventually get these weird white dots inside. Try Glass! If you want a great reusable glass bottle(or just some advice), check out There is nothing like drinking out of glass.

  • Brett

    To be honest, I’d rather be safe than sorry. That said, PC is most likely to leach BPA during it initial use and after prolonged use. Heat increases the likelihood of leaching as well. You should replace your bottle every 6 months or whenever it is worn. When you buy a new bottle wash it out with warm water and a mild detergent and let it dry at room temperature. Do not wash your bottle in the dish washer or leave in direct sunlight. Only use it for cold beverages and never fill it with hot liquids. While it is important to keep the bottle clean and bacteria-free, avoid strong detergents and bleach as they can facilitate leaching.

    Hope this helps!

  • Reed

    So since my knee surgery, I’ve been mixing my protein powder up in a #7 bottle. If it’s only in there for a few minutes (basically the time it takes me to drink the sucker), is that “less bad”? I knew that #3 was really, really bad, but of course never bothered to look up my #7 bottle online.

  • Josly

    We can’t imagine a world without plastic. Low quality plastic should have been banned by the authorities.

  • longislandette

    I like the Nalgene option although it can sometimes be hard to find.

  • Jordan

    I have to second the recommendation for Sigg. I LOVE my Sigg bottle. Very lightweight, sturdy and the bottle doesn’t affect the flavor of the water at all.