I have been thinking lately that buying bottled water is not a very smart thing to do. It tastes no better than the tap water I filter through my Brita, it costs a lot more than tap water, and according to some things I’ve ready, it may not even be as safe as my tap water. Financially, it doesn’t make sense to keep buying bottled water. It doesn’t make much sense for my health, either, if it’s no better than tap water (and trust me, I’m not buying fancy bottled water, so there’s no way it’s better than my tap water). Add to that the fact that many plastic water bottles end up in landfills, and it’s clear that buying bottled water isn’t a very wise decision environmentally. I recycle my water bottles, but why bring them into the system at all if I don’t have to?
Given all this, it seemed like it was time for me to find a reusable bottled in which to carry around my much more affordable tap water. I thought about picking up a plastic bottle, but after doing a little research I thought I might as well avoid plastic altogether if I could. I found two companies online that sell reusable water bottles in stainless steel and aluminum that last for decades, are recyclable when you are finally done with them, and appear to be safe for your health. I checked out the bottles at Kleen Kanteen and Sigg. SciMan and I decided to each get a 1 liter bottle from Sigg, although the ones at Kleen Kanteen look great, too. If you decide to buy a bottle from Sigg, check online for a coupon. We found one that covered the cost of shipping and then some. Since the bottles aren’t cheap (in the short term), saving a bit certainly feels good! They arrived quickly and are surprisingly lightweight. And, well, they hold water like they’re supposed to.
Here’s to 20 years of the same reusable water bottle!