What kind of water bottle is best to use (health-wise and environment-wise)?
Yes, it can be unhealthy, but not for the obvious reasons. There has been a lot or scare about plastics containing BPAs which leach into the body. This issue extends to water bottles, but there is controversy over whether or not single use plastic water bottles are able to leak these chemicals even if exposed to extensive use, heat, and light. Therefore, this is not the main issue. Problems arise when one does not thoroughly clean the water bottle or leaves small amounts of liquid in the bottle for a while. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and bacteria from our hands and mouths can enter the bottle and make sanitation an issue. If you plan on reusing your single use plastic water bottle and you are concerned about safety, it is important to clean it thoroughly after each use.
Also, Camelbak, Sigg, Nalgene, Klean Kanteen, and the Platypus Platy Bottle all make some eco-friendly water bottles.
As for the environment, it is much better to use reusable bottles made of metal. The metal ones are longer lasting than any plastic bottle. Even reusable plastic bottles can wear down after some time. And one time use plastic bottles take ages to degrade in land fills, so I’d definitely opt for the bottles that are made to be easily washed out and used again.
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