If you’re looking to make eco-friendly choices, switch to a reusable water bottle. Learn why glass water bottles are a safer drinking choice than plastic or stainless steel.
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 or with the water from our Berkey water filter.
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 many to start with at the bottom of this study I’m talking about.
We Switched to Glass Water Bottles
After learning that metals can leach from stainless steel, we decided to switch to glass water bottles. Yes, our Berkey is stainless steel. However, it doesn’t take a daily beating like reusable water bottles do.
I don’t know about you, but our stainless steel water bottles always get dings in them. So that makes me personally worry about leaching from the water bottles just a bit more than I would otherwise.
The first glass water bottle we tried out was a Lifefactory glass water bottle that we received to review. Our immediate reaction was that the water tasted so much better – so much cleaner.
We liked it so much that we ended up buying a second large one for Brian and both of the girls had the smaller ones when they were little (now they drink out of big 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, in one week alone, 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.
When she was a toddler, Zoe threw her glass water bottle across the parking lot. Like a really long shot across the parking lot.
Guess what? It didn’t break either. I was astounded!
Water Tastes Better from Glass
Like I said, even if you’re not personally worried about anything leaching from stainless steel, water tastes so much better out of a glass bottle. If I leave water in my stainless steel bottle for too long, it always has a funny taste to it. Kind of a metallic taste. I have not had that problem with my glass bottles.
We do still have some stainless steel water bottles for times where we can’t bring glass since stainless steel is still safer than plastic. But if I have to choose between glass or stainless steel, I’ll reach for a glass water bottle every time.
I feel safer drinking water from glass bottles, and it tastes immensely better too.
Where to Get Glass Water Bottles
If the Lifefactory water bottles aren’t your style, here are a few other fun choices:
- Origin Best Glass Water Bottle with Protective Silicone Sleeve & Bamboo Lid
- EQUA Glass Water Bottle with Faux Leather Sleeve
- Contigo Purity Glass Water Bottle with Petal Sleeve
It’s a personal choice whether you go with stainless steel or glass drinking bottles. I hope this article gave you some good information to make the right decision for your family.