Many of us grab a reusable water bottle each morning for easy sipping throughout the day. You may own a double-walled, vacuum-insulated bottle that keeps liquids icy cold for hours. Or perhaps you have a see-through fruit infusion thermos that allows you to enjoy water flavored with a hint of fruit. Some people prefer water bottles with straws for effortless sipping without unscrewing a cap. Others find they would rather stick to screw top lids. Whichever reusable style you prefer, you want to be sure that the bottle you use is safe, sanitary, and free of germs. Here are nine tips for keeping your reusable water bottle in tip-top shape.
9. Why Should You Use a Reusable Water Bottle?
Since your body is largely composed of water, it is important to stay hydrated in order for your body to perform normal daily functions. Carrying your water with you ensures you will always have a refreshing drink within reach. Disposable water bottles are convenient, but they are not environmentally friendly. According to Greener Ideal, bottling water uses 17 million barrels of oil, releases 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air, and sends 38 million water bottles into U.S. landfills each year. When you use a reusable bottle, you protect both your body and the environment.
8. What Are the Safest Materials for Water Bottles?
There are many warnings about BPA and the risk of chemicals from plastic leaching into your drinking water. The FDA states that the levels of BPA found in approved food containers are safe for human consumption. If you are concerned, the FDA states that containers that may contain BPA are labeled with a resin code of 7. Stainless steel bottles are safe for containing food and do not leach chemicals. Glass bottles are also safe and present no risk of leaching chemicals. Contigo makes a glass water bottle encased in a silicone sleeve to protect it from breakage.