We try very hard not to use plastic water bottles. Over the last couple years, we have gotten very good about carrying our reusable water bottles with us everywhere and filling them up with our reverse osmosis water out of our tap.
Up until now, we’ve been using stainless steel water bottles. I thought they were the safest option until I started doing some digging recently. It turns out they aren’t as safe as I thought ☹
One study on stainless steel water bottles found that:
- Iron, chromium and nickel were all found to leach into both alkaline and acidic foods and beverages, while none of the metals leached into distilled water.
- Leaching of iron, chromium and nickel was observed from both new and old utensils.
- Leaching of iron occurred in all foods.
- Leaching of nickel occurred in curd, fruit juice and pickle (more acid)
- Leaching of chromium occurred in milk, coffee, and tea (only slightly acid)
Unfortunately there are several other studies also providing data on the leaching of metals into food and beverages. You can find a list of them at the bottom of this blog post.
After learning that metals do leach from stainless steel, we decided to switch to glass water bottles. We received a Lifefactory glass water bottle from Reuseit to test out, and we purchased a second one so we’d both have one to try out.
I absolutely love these reusable water bottles! At first I was very nervous about trying a glass water bottle because, well, I’m not exactly the most graceful person you’ll ever meet. Some people may even call me clumsy.
To give you an idea of how clumsy I am, last week I broke the glass shelf in the refrigerator and our 2-gallon glass beverage dispenser. So it was no surprise when I went to take a drink and dropped my water bottle – from about 5 feet – onto our laminate floors.
To my absolute shock, the bottle did not break! I was curious how well the silicone sleeve would protect the bottle, and it did an amazing job.
Water also tastes so much better out of a glass bottle. If I left water in my stainless steel bottle for too long, it would always have a funny taste to it. I have not had that problem with my glass bottle.
If you’ve been using a stainless steel water bottle, I highly recommend checking out the selection of glass water bottles available from Reuseit.
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