As the summer approaches, we will soon find ourselves consuming more water than before. Staying hydrated during the warmer seasons is vital to our health, which is why we want to have water handy when we go out. Although it can be easier to purchase water from a convenience store or vending machine, we want to think twice before buying water from a plastic bottle or even using a plastic water bottle.
We want to consider the health issues that can arise from buying bottled water and the use of a plastic water bottle. When we go to the store to purchase a water bottle, it can be difficult to choose one since there is often an aisle dedicated to them. They come in many shapes, styles, and materials; it can be overwhelming to choose. Often what we choose can be based on our budget, convenience, or preference, but we want to learn more about the products we buy and how they can affect our health.
Water Bottle Material
Now, water bottles are made from many materials such as glass, stainless steel, and plastic (reusable and non-reusable). Each material has its advantages and disadvantages.
- Glass: is known to be the best type of material to store food and drinks. Glass doesn’t contaminate the drinks when it comes into contact with it. Glassware keeps the “purity of taste” preserving the original taste. It also lasts longer than plastic, easy to notice if it is dirty, and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals in the production of it.
- Stainless Steel: is usually made from food-grade stainless steel, meaning it is material safe for human consumption. It is the second best option to glass water bottles, and they are easy to clean, durable, and keeps liquid temperatures (hot or cold).
- Plastic (Reusable): come in many forms with or without a filter. Plastic water bottles with a filter will allow you to filtrate the water you refill it with, cleaning out unwanted chemicals. Plastic water bottles are lightweight and shatter resistant.
- Plastic (Non-Reusable): here, we are referring to the bottle of water we buy from the store. They are convenient, easy to locate in any store, and are lightweight. They are disposable, so the minute we finish our water, we can easily throw them out.
- Glass: It can easily shatter without the use of a protective seal. They are heavier than plastic and stainless steel bottles.
- Stainless Steel: some stainless steel water bottles have some plastic or lead material in them, you want to ensure they are made from all food-grade stainless steel. The flavor of the water or liquid can taste metallic, may get hot if left in a warm place, and can dent if you drop it.
- Plastic (Reusable): the plastic contains chemicals such as bisphenol-A which is known to be harmful to our bodies. Even though there are bottles that are BPA free, plastics can collect bacteria easily (such as mold if not cleaned properly), and are not as durable as glass or stainless steel bottles.
- Plastic (Non-Reusable): over time, buying bottled water becomes expensive. The water has no fluoride (or have worse quality than tap water) and is exposed to the chemicals of the plastic. The plastic used to create the bottles are often of poor quality.
Aside from some of the health concerns, plastic water bottles have on us; they impose a threat to other animals and our earth, in general. Plastic takes more energy, and not all people properly dispose of the bottles, which in turn creates more trash ending up in other ecosystems. We want to consider other alternatives when it comes to purchasing a water bottle.
After all, if we can save money and help prevent health complications, the extra money is worth it. If you can bottle your own water, you know your water (tap water) has fluoride in it which helps protect your smile. Fluoride is known to prevent tooth decay and strengthen our teeth. Minimizing the use of plastic water bottles is preferable to the well-being of the earth but our health. Try storing your water or other beverage in a glass or stainless steel container than plastic.