Your Trusty Water Bottle



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One of the simplest ways to reduce your waste is simply by replacing bottled water with water bottles.

Luckily water bottles come in many shapes, sizes, and designs to suit your every need.

Glass
Glass water bottles tend to look cool and leave no threat of BPA or other chemicals that some times lurk in plastic water bottles. The only down side is if they break someone can get hurt, and they tend to be a little on the heavier side.

When purchasing a glass water bottle make sure it has some sort of silicon sleeve on the outside to prevent the glass from shattering if you drop it.

Plastic
Plastic reusable bottles are the most common type of bottles. Plastic bottles tend to be light weight and come in many sizes, designs, and colours. The problem with plastic bottles is that many contain chemicals that seep into your water when heated or left for a long time.

One way to avoid chemicals in your water is to look for BPA free water bottles. Many bottles come with a label boasting just that! Even if there is no BPA in your bottle, try and avoid leaving it in warm areas just for good measure.

Stainless Steel
Although not as light weight as plastic bottles stainless steel bottles still have their appeal. Stainless steel bottles are lighter then glass and like plastic bottles have many different designs. For the fashion conscious, stainless steel may be the best bet with the most types of designs available. They also tend to be more inexpensive then the other two.

When going for metal containers try and avoid aluminum bottles as they are lined with epoxy sometimes containing BPA in older or cheaper versions. Also sometimes stainless steel can leave a metallic taste.

Whichever you choose make sure to find the right water bottle for you!

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