Water bottles are one of the main sources of single-use plastic consumption in the US. In one of our recent articles, we suggested getting reusable bottles instead and stop buying bottled water to help with this growing environmental issue.
But for many consumers, it can be difficult to choose a reusable water bottle when you are mindful about toxins and the harmful components that manufacturers add to the products we use. With all the data available around the negative impact of BPA on our health and the environment, it is a good idea to find alternatives to plastic if you can. If this is not possible your best bet is to use only BPA-free plastic in these instances.
Of course, it can be a challenge to figure out which plastic containers are truly BPA-free as not all manufacturers are honest with their labeling (let’s face it; when are manufacturers ever honest?). However, there is one way you can determine.
How to tell if a bottle has BPA
It can be difficult to determine if a plastic bottle is BPA-free. What are the indicators? Will it be written on the label? How will I know? We hear you, and luckily we have the answers.
Some bottles will carry a BPA-free label but others will not, which means consumers have to figure out other ways to tell if a container is BPA-free. One way to know is to check the bottom of the bottle for a number from one to seven (1-7) surrounded by a triangle made of three arrows (commonly known as the “recycling symbol”). Items with numbers 3, 6, and especially 7 are most likely to contain BPA. Items with 1, 2, 4, or 5 generally do not contain BPA.
Do BPA-free bottles cost more?
The cost of BPA-free water bottles is about the same as the cost of its more harmful counterpart. So cost should not deter you from making the right choice for yourself and your family. In fact, the similar price point is all the more reason to go ahead and get the BPA-free option.
What are your options?
Once you’ve made the decision to buy BPA-free reusable water bottles the next question, naturally, will have to do with your options. If you think plastic is the only option you couldn’t be more wrong.
BPA-Free plastic water bottles
While there is some research that suggests that BPA-free plastic may contain other harmful components, for now, we’re still adding them to our list of reusable water bottles. We suggest that you take the necessary steps to ensure that the plastic is BPA-free however, to avoid any issues.
Glass water bottles
Glass water bottles are a great option to replace your plastic water bottle. While they are not a good option for kids for obvious reasons, their sleek appearance makes them a great choice for the more style savvy water drinker. It also helps that they are sometimes sold with protective sleeves to prevent accidents.
Some retailers even offer to personalize bottles so you can get a little more expressive and add a name, quote or other embellishments to your bottle.
Stainless steel water bottles
Stainless steel water bottles are our absolute favorite. Mainly because they are very versatile and work for everyone. You never have to worry about dropping them and they eliminate the concerns around using plastic. These bottles come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes which means you will have no trouble finding one that suits your lifestyle and your taste.