Why you should avoid plastic water bottles
I get it, plastic water bottles are convenient. You’re a busy person and searching for a water fountain is a pain. It is easy to find a plastic bottle of water for dirt cheap just about everywhere. You have another option though and trust me, both your health and the environment will thank you for it.
Let’s start with the statistics, boring, I know, but necessary. Each year 200 billion (you read that right, billion) plastic water bottles are produced. These plastic water bottles are filling up our landfills and our oceans. Sure, they are recyclable, but they actually have a low recycle rate. Where do the rest of them go? You guessed it, in our oceans, on our beaches, in our parks. Litter. Everywhere. The cherry on top: they are slow to decompose. We are talking 450 years to break down.
Drinking from plastic isn’t good for you either. The plastic can leach chemicals into your water, which you then digest. It is no secret that BPA (bisphenol A) is bad for you, but other types of plastic are no better. It is important to note that if you are in Canada you can breathe a little easier as BPA is banned, other places you are not so lucky. The water sits in this plastic vessel for an undetermined amount of time allowing chemicals to seep into the water. This is extra bad if the bottle is heated up (anyone ever left a bottle of water in the car on a hot day?). These chemicals are possible endocrine disruptors, which basically means they mess with your hormones. Definitive tests haven’t been done on all types of plastic and the long-term effects on human health, but do you really want to experiment with your health and just hope for the best?
The solution: stainless steel water bottles
Stainless steel water bottles are a godsend. Unlike glass water bottles (another good alternative) you don’t have to worry about them breaking. They are surprisingly lightweight and extremely durable. Dishwasher safe, reusable, and when it has lived its life, fully recyclable. Throw one in your car, in your purse, keep one on your desk. They are actual perfection.
Klean Kanteen is my personal go to brand. There are tons of colours to choose from (I get it, pink isn’t everyone’s go-to). I use mine with the twist top so that it is leak proof and I don’t have to worry about spills in my bag. They have insulated bottles so you can keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold if that is your thing. Personally, I just stick to water.
Toss the plastic and stick with steel, trust me, it’s for the best.