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Is It Safe To Reuse Plastic Water Bottles?
If you’ve got old plastic water bottles lying around, it’s tempting to want to reuse them. If the bottle seems sturdy enough, why not right? There are several reasons why you shouldn’t reuse single-use plastic water bottles. They are not meant to be put in the dishwasher, so a main concern is bacteria. Since bottles are hard to clean, microorganisms hang around the nooks and crannies.
Refilling a single-use plastic water bottle once is probably okay, but letting it sitting around is where some of the danger comes in. Over time, the plastic breaks down and leaches chemicals known as phthalates into the water. Studies have linked Bisphenol A (BPA), and phthalates various health problems, so beware.
Fun Fact: It can take up to 1,000 years for one plastic water bottle to naturally decompose.
Best Reusable Water Bottles
Instead of refilling them, consider reusing plastic water bottles for cute, crafty projects such as these cute penguins. When is it ever a bad idea to add felt and googly eyes? It’s also easy to turn old plastic water bottles into candle holders or planters by simply cutting off the top.
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Still buying bottled water? You might want to know that more than 25% of bottled water comes from a municipal water supply- that’s right, the same place that tap water comes from. What’s more, 44% of “purified” bottled water sold in the U.S. also started out as municipal water.
Besides that, if you were to fill one quarter of a single-use plastic water bottle with oil, you would be looking at about how much was used to produce that bottle. You’re better off buying a quality reusable bottle and refilling that again and again. Here are a few suggestions:
Lifefactory offers a reusable glass water bottle that is free of known harmful chemicals such as BPA, phthalate, PVC, and polycarbonate. There is a plastic-free silicone sleeve around the glass that helps prevent breakage. Using a glass beverage bottle eliminates the risk of chemicals leaching into your drink and is is dishwasher safe.
Kleen Kanteen is a favorite alternative to plastic water bottles. They come in all sorts of colors and sizes of food grade stainless steel. This material is also non-leaching, toxin-free and BPA-free. The Kleen Kanten featured below is durable, lightweight, and totally reusable. Not to mention the fact that steel is 100% recyclable.