Biking, playing basketball, running on the treadmill, kicking a ball on the field, or shooting nine holes: you've probably got a bottle full of water nearby, right? Either you bought the water for around $2, or you're toting a reusable sports bottle around with you. The first option means you're not only spending hundreds of dollars a year, you're also supporting an industry that wastes almost one trillion gallons of water worldwide annually just producing the plastic! Likewise, the thick plastic bottles you pick up at sporting goods stores likely contain a leaching chemical known as Bisphenol A, or BPA. BPA has been evaluated as a hormone and endocrine disruptor that's especially dangerous for children and pregnant women. More than just BPA, the plastic industry contributes to some of the most toxic chemical releases into the air, including styrene, benzene, trichloroethane, sulfur oxides, nitrous oxides, methanol, ethylene oxide, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
If you're an athlete who's dedicated to sports and physical fitness, you know good health and hydration go hand-in-hand. But if you want to protect the earth and prevent further environmental damage caused by the plastic industry, you need to throw out your reusable plastic water bottles.
STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLES
Stainless steel is clean, stable, and durable, and does not interact with the fluids it comes into contact with. In addition, stainless steel is one of the most easily recycled materials available.
Kid Basix: Winner of the Mom's Best Award, the Kid Basix Safe Sporter™ is made of food-grade 304 stainless steel and contains no BPA or phthalates. This super fancy, ultra sleek water bottle also features an easy-pull sports spout, a mud cap, a wide mouth, a TPR sleeve to provide insulation, and a plastic coaster that fits in cup holders. More to its credit, this easy-to-clean water bottle can be hand washed or placed in the dishwasher.
Klean Kanteen: Made from 18/8, food-grade, unlined, nonleaching, high-grade stainless steel, Klean Kanteen water canisters come in a variety of sizes and designs, and even have a number of eco-friendly cap options to choose from. Klean Kanteens are also free of BPA, phthalates, lead, and other toxins, and they don't retain or impart any flavors. The water canisters easily fit in most cup holders, they are easy to wash, they are dishwasher safe, and because of the rounded corners, there are no hard angles where dirt, germs, or bacteria can hide.
ALUMINUM WATER BOTTLES
Aluminum water bottles can be recycled and are relatively inexpensive. True, aluminum extraction is an energy-intensive process, so the bottles should be re-used as much as possible to extend their life.
SIGG: Swiss-based SIGG makes sleek aluminum canisters lined with a water-based, food-grade coating said to be free of bisphenol A. In addition, these cool-looking bottles keep their contents cooler so your water tastes crisp and clean, and quenches your thirst. An important aspect of SIGG bottles is that they come in all sizes, with screw-on or sport caps, and even feature little kid sizes with child-friendly designs on them. To keep these bottles reusable, SIGG also offers replacement lids, brushes, mud caps, and carabiners.
Gaiam: These simple, yet sleek, lightweight aluminum water bottles are 100 percent recyclable in most areas, including the caps, and are free of unhealthy plastic residues. Gaiam is a trusted source and brand for Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) participants and eco-conscious consumers. These incredibly affordable, reusable aluminum bottles are available in several designs, with a few different cap options as well.