Now that we’ve established the fact that all of us should be drinking more water and talked about a few ways to make drinking water more of a habit, let’s look at a few of the things that will make this goal easier to achieve.
Sure, you could simply buy bottled water, more on which kinds of bottled water to buy later, but having a portable water bottle that you can carry with you everywhere you go is a much smarter option. In fact, using reusable water bottles…
- does not create the litter that typical water bottles do. More than thirty billion water bottles are consumed every year…and most of those empty bottles end up eventually stockpiled in landfills.
- saves you money. Tap water costs 240 to 10,000 times less than bottles water. Last year, people dumped thirty-eight billion water bottles into landfills worldwide.
- is environmental-friendly. Bottled water production consumes over one thousand times more energy than tap water.
- saves water. Producing one liter of bottled water actually requires three liters of ordinary municipal water.
- makes you a smarter consumer…ordinary tap water and then making the consumer think that they are getting some super-water with extraordinary powers to cure what ails you. Wrong!!! Shockingly, 24% of bottle water is actually just repackaged tap water.
Seems like such an easy option, until you start looking at the different options available.
So how do you know which water bottle to choose?
By thinking about the different types and features of reusable water bottles so that you can make a good decision once you get to the store.
Materials…The first factor to consider when choosing the perfect water bottle in what the bottle is made from. Water bottles can be found in many different materials—including aluminum, stainless steel, plastic, polyethylene, and copolyester.
1.Plastic…The first material that portable water bottles can be made from, and the first material that comes to most of us when we think of them, is plastic. Benefits of using plastic bottles include…
can repeatedly drop one without worrying about breaking or shattering it
can take just about whatever abuse you give them
easy to tote around
Brands To Consider
- Fit & Fresh
- doesn’t retain smells and tastes
- double-wall construction that gives them outstanding insulating properties
- keeps water cool for an extended period of time
- keeps water fresh tasting, but some absorb heat and make the water warm
- provides better insulation than plastics
- very durable
Brands To Consider
- Earth Lust
- Hydro Flask
- Klean Kanteen
3. Glass Bottles…A third option for water bottles is glass. Benefits of using glass reusable water bottles include being totally recyclable. Brands of reusable glass bottles include…
- Life Factory
- Love Bottle
In addition to first choosing which material you would like your water bottle to be, there are other questions that you should ask yourself, including…
Easy to Carry
- Does the water bottle have a belt holster that can hold your water bottle if you participate in activities where you need to be hands-free or if you just get tired of carrying a water bottle?
- Will the bottle be easy to carry?
Easy to Clean
- Is it dishwasher-safe? Can washing the bottle in the dishwasher actualy clean the inside thoroughly or does it have to be hand washed?
- If you will have to wash the bottle by hand, is the opening wide enough to get a bottle brush inside them in order to clean it?
Opening…In addition to checking the neck of the bottle to make sure that it will be easy to clean, ask yourself if the mouth of the bottle will be easy to fill with ice cubes and water…
- Does the valve lock securely enough to prevent the bottle from leaking?
- Is the valve wide enough to provide optimal flow?
- Does the water bottles come with a push-pull valve or a bite valves?
- Which type of valve do you prefer?
- – Some water bottles come with sleeves that help keep your drink warm or cold. This comes in handy depending on your walking or hiking weather conditions. A nice, cold drink is a definite plus on a hot, summer day.
- How many ounces will the bottle hold?
- How many ounces does your ideal bottle need to hold?
- Will you have a source of water nearby, such as a water fountain, to use if and when you need to refill the bottle?
- Will the bottle fit in the cup holders in your car?
- Does the bottle have an in-bottle filtration system that will allow you to refill the bottle from any faucet or other source and be certain that your water will be clean and tasty?
- Does this water filter make the bottle too heavy to be usable?
- How easy is it to replace the filter?