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Reusable Water Bottles

Sigg Water Bottle in GreenI 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!

12 thoughts on “Reusable Water Bottles

  1. Ah, choosing Alzheimer’s over cancer, eh? Good choice, good choice.

  2. Good thinking…I live way out in the sticks and we have well water which is pretty good. Sometimes, we buy the stuff in plastic bottles just because of portability–but yeah–why add to the countless other plastics that are being recycled? Just get rid of it all together. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. KT, Alzheimers doesn’t appear to run in my family. And more importantly, the research about the link between aluminum and Alzheimers may not be as conclusive as it originally appeared. And finally, the bottles have some kind of mysterious, non-aluminum lining that is supposed to protect me. Sigg could have lied about that, but I decided to take a risk and trust what they said. If I die of Alzheimers, you know who to blame. 😉

  4. I was going to comment on the aluminum, too….hmmm. This is all very interesting. Thanks for posting!

  5. Thanks for the tip! I also like to carry around water from the tap, but I’m wary of the plastic bottle I have.

  6. I love SIGG. My partner works at a store that sells them & the elasticized enamel hasn’t failed me yet! I don’t think you’ll regret your choice. :]

  7. Great idea! I need to invest in one or two of those for my son who takes bottled water to school. The price can really add up when you think about it.

  8. Thanks for the info about plastic and SIGG bottles. I need to invest too. I carry around a large glass bottle that weights a ton and if it breaks will hurt.

  9. Just giving you a hard time…I think SIGG-type are actually looking to be better than the regular old nalgenes, so I might get some too. 🙂

  10. I know. But I should have made a clearer explanation of why I went with an aluminum bottle in the post, because I think a lot of people think, “ooh. Alzheimers.” So, really, you did me a favor. 🙂 Nalgenes, like all plastics, worry me more and more. Leaching and stuff.

  11. Hello! Great article you wrote- each one of us, doing our part, can reduce, recycle, reuse and its better for you too! Better for us, better for earth, better for the children growing up to take our places in life…..get on board and go aluminum and stainless! Thanks!

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