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Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Updated on March 14, 2011

With more and more people becoming health conscious and concerned about the environment, we’re beginning to see some exciting alternative products hit the market. One fairly new product that is taking the country by storm is stainless steel water bottles.

People on the go often take along water in order to stay hydrated. Water is an important part of staying healthy. The problem is not all sports bottles are created equal and lots of resources are used in the production of plastic.

Many of the tough durable plastic bottles, that I normally associate with the ones like seen attached to bicycle frames, have come under scrutiny. According to GreenFeet.com these types of plastic bottles are made from Lexan polycarbonate resin that was developed back in the early 1950’s by General Electric. A 1998 study by Dr. Patricia Hunt at Case Western University in Ohio discovered that plastic products made from polycarbonate resin can actually leach bisphenol-A (also known as BPA) into the contents of the bottle which is a “potent hormone disruptor that can impair the reproductive organs, have adverse effects on tumors, breast tissue development and prostate development by reducing sperm count.”

BPA leaches into the contents of the water bottle just through normal wear and tear and even by exposure to heat and/or cleaning. Simply leaving your plastic water bottle in the sun while you exercise is enough.

The conclusion by many is that there is no safe way to utilize polycarbonate resin in water bottles.

A 2003 study conducted by the University of Missouri confirmed these earlier studies but went on to add that even exposure at room temperature would still allow BPA to leach into the water in the plastic bottles.

 

Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Switching to Stainless Steel Water Bottles

A durable alternative to plastic water bottles is stainless steel water bottles. They are lightweight and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and designs. There are even tons of exciting accessories popping up on the market as well. Shop around to find the features most suitable to your lifestyle and needs.

Some quick facts and tips:

  • Most stainless steel water bottles are made in China and made of 18/8 food-grade stainless steel
  • Most are not insulated which makes them more suited for cool liquids rather than warm. They also sweat. However, they make insulating sleeves and totes for them.
  • Do not freeze them.
  • Painted designs on the stainless steel bottles can be damaged if you don't handle with care.
  • People allergic to nickel should avoid stainless steel water bottles
  • Make sure the stainless steel water bottle you chose is not lined with an epoxy finish. You want one that is stainless steel inside and out.
  • To avoid bacteria, wash your bottle with warm water and biodegradable dish soap.
  • When you clean the bottle, also make sure to wipe the mouth of the bottle and the lid.
  • Let the container dry before refilling.
  • Do not leave liquids in your container because this allows bacteria to develop.

 

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      logo sports bottles 

      6 years ago

      Logo sports bottles offer a wide range of water bottles for all athletes who care about their health and want to make mountain camping trips,and do not forget,the of backpack should not miss your water bottle.

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      James 

      7 years ago

      I love using stainless steel bottles as they are durable and much safer than using a plastic bottle. Great hub, thumbs up :)

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you, tthudium! I need to drink more water than I do, but luckily I happen to like the tap water in my hometown. Neighboring towns aren't as good. :)

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      tthudium 

      8 years ago

      This article was great, thumbs up and awesome. Me and my family used to go though a 24 pack of water bottles a week, and then we decided to try these, and we saved a lot of money, and we knew that we were doing our part in the environment. Thanks

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Very well written - great tips! I love my water and the plastic has always bothered me.

      You made a very important point - leaving liquids in the bottles encourages bacteria. Bacteria LOVE water and warmth! Remember and stay well!

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      dealrocker 

      8 years ago from California

      I always preferred to buy stainless steel water bottles instead of plastic ones. And now when I have come to know about so much hazards of plastic bottles, my trust on stainless steel bottles have raised more. Great hub.

      Liked your other hubs too. Keep up the great effort. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals. I had wondered about the popularity of them, now I too understand why more and more people are making the switch.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Now that I know about the potential dangers of using a plastic bottle for my water I will certainly look into a stainless steel water bottle. Great information.

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Awesome, Annmeadows, glad I could help you decide. The one pictured above is my daughter's and she absolutely loves it.

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      annmeadows 

      8 years ago from Mobile, Al.

      I've thought about buying one, now I will.

      Thanks,

      Ann

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR

      KRC 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Dashingclaire, Ethel & Springboard!

      Yes, Springboard, I agree. We have one of the eco cups you're talking about. My hubby loves it. I may have to write a hub about those too!

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      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Actually I like these, and I hope it becomes a great new trend. We've got to get away from being a "just throw it away" kind of society. Another interesting new product is the ceramic 'Eco Cup' that looks like a regular take out coffee cup complete with sleeve...

      It's the way to go.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      These look stylish. Plastic water bottles always leave the water tasting a bit yucky.

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      dashingclaire 

      8 years ago from United States

      I wish I knew about not freezing them. I put one in the freezer to get my liquid cold and forget to take it out before the liquid froze. The bottle cracked. Nice hub and useful!

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