Saturday, July 31, 2010

Goodbye Plastic Water Bottles!

So have you ever thought twice about using plastic bottles? In this day and age, it's pretty common to get your water from plastic bottles. I know I thought they were "healthier" than tap, and although it cost quite a bit to buy all those bottles, I felt "green" because I would re-use my bottles for several days, and when I was done I would always recycle them. Good green girl right? Well apparently not. After reading some books and watching the two videos below, I had an inkling my watter bottle habits were actually the opposite to being green...they were harming the earth and possibly my body!

Here are the two videos that inspired me to drop plastic water bottles:
First up, the movie Tapped, which, "...examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil." It comes to DVD on Netflix on August 10, 2010. Sweet, it's been on my Queue for months!

The next video is called, The Story of Bottled Water which, "... employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap."

So several months ago I was able to cut my plastic water bottle habit and replace it with a reusable aluminum water bottle from Sigg, which cost about $28. I was really digging these water bottles for awhile because you could choose from thousands of designs on and they kept me from wasting plastic water bottles. But then I read about how Sigg was charged with having BPA in their bottles back in 2008, so it was time for a switch. On top of this possible BPA contamination, the inside of the bottle always looked kind of weird, and it was hard to clean (see those grooves on the top of the bottle...this lining was peeling off at one point- yuck!).

Anyways, after researching once again I discovered the awesome stainless steel Klean Kanteen, the water bottle that so many books would reference when speaking of a healthy alternative. I loved how the stated up front on their website that their products are BPA free, thank you for that! So after purchasing two of these (one for my hubby), I've been pretty pleased with them. They are much easier to clean and don't get a funky rusty smell after a few days (like the Sigg used to). Also, the inside is smooth and shiny, not some faded looking coating.

One downfall, I got the biggest size (a 40 oz which cost $25.95) and it gets a little tricky to drink while driving...usually I end up with water down my shirt if I try! A different top would probably help with this, instead of the kind that you twist to put on and take off. Aside from this, I'd love to try and get a small one next. Here's some other really cool ones I have on my "Green Things to Buy List":
Well, I hope this has given you some ideas of how you can ditch those plastic water bottles and lessen your impact on the environment, your wallet, and your body! Do you guys use any reusable water bottles already or other plastic water bottle alternatives? What's your favorite type or brand? Let me know !

By the way, here's my husband's Klean Kanteen water bottle which he covered with some skateboarding stickers, just so you can see that not all reusable water bottles have to be frilly and pink! He he!


  1. I just can't watch those videos...yet. I'll be swarmed with guilt and shame. :0 We are in the process of ordering a reverse osmosis filter for our kitchen sink (or a counter top one)...the ONLY reason we haven't ordered it yet is because I'm not entirely sure of the best one to get. Do you know anything about them? We do have a whole house chlorine remover, but my son's doctor was concerned about possible aluminum in tap's all an overwhelming topic, but yes, we have still been buying plastic water bottles. I get the Aquafina Eco-Fina because they supposedly use 50% less plastic. We did stop buying plastic sippy cups, though, and only use Klean Kanteens and Thermos brand.

    You're doing a great job!

  2. Hey Jenny, I know those videos are pretty crazy! How much does the reverse osmosis filter cost? I've read about them, but thought they'd be expensive. Probably worth it though. I'd love to get a whole house cholorine remover, I've got filters on all my showers and in our fridge for drinking water, but it'd be nice to just get all the stuff out from the get go! Good for you on getting rid of the plastic sippy cups. I love Klean Kanteen. I actually saw those one glass water bottles with silicone sleeves I mentioned above in my post at Whole Foods yesterday for $19.99. I'd love to try those out and add some variety to my "water routine"! ( :

  3. Thank you so much for this post and for your blog! I have been looking for ways to change our life and become a "greener" couple. There is a lot of info to sift through out there and your blog has made it a lot easier! I look forward to more baby related posts:)

  4. Hey J,
    Glad you liked the post! There is so much info out there about green stuff and to know that my blog has helped you navigate it all is great to hear! Get ready for many more baby posts to come! ( :

  5. i watched tapped today after reading your blog. i was very surprised. im officially starting the war on plastics in my house lol! it will take some time to make the switch due to costs. I did want to ask tho, what did you do with all your plastic if you made the switch? my main concern was that apparently when you send it to recycle companies its not really getting recycled!


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