Ever do a search engine query for "Water Bottles?" Sheeesh! Careful not to head down the water bottle rabbit hole! Water Bottles of every shape, size, color, and material will claim to be the best for keeping you hydrated throughout your day and your sweat-burning workouts! You want a purple teddy bear shaped plastic bottle with a spill proof lid? No problem! How 'bout a thermal insulated stainless steel variety with a removable cap? Sure thing!
There are a gazillion options! So, what's the best? What's the safest choice?
With the 38 billion non-reusable plastic water bottles piling into the landfills each year, there's much to be said for using a refillable, multi-use water bottle.
Plastic water bottles vs. stainless steel water bottles
Plastic water bottles have received some bad press in the past for containing Bisphenol-A, a.k.a. BPA, which is a chemical linked to cancer. Fortunately, companies responded and most water bottles sold after 2010 are now BPA-free. However, it’s still important to know what type of plastic bottle you’re sipping from and also to take into consideration what those little numbers on the bottom of your bottle stand for. Disposable water bottles, which you can often pick up at the gas station or in packs of 24 at the grocery store, are labeled with a number 1 and are only meant for a single use.
So, backup. Tell me more about these numbers on the bottom?
Most clear bottles (soda, water, etc.) have the number 1 inside the triangle. The number 1 stands for PETE or PET (polyethylene terephthalate). These are bottles that are considered "single use." These items can be recycled into fiberfill for winter coats, sleeping bags and bean bags. It can also be used for car bumpers, tennis ball felt, and more. If not recycled, they contribute to that 38 billion each year in a landfill near you!
Stainless steel water bottles
Environmentally friendly water bottle options
We go to great efforts to target specific muscle groups with specific exercises on specific days. We diligently prepare our meals paying close attention to the ingredients. So, why wouldn’t we be just as intentional about the type of water bottle that we choose to hydrate our bodies with?