A few posts ago, I mentioned that the Insulated Widemouth Kleen Kanteen is my favorite reusable water bottle. I thought it was important to let you know why, as this is not just a matter of preference but also an issue of safety for myself and my growing family.The first (and most important) thing to note is not why I prefer the Kleen Kanteen to other stainless steel bottles but why I choose stainless steel over the other options on the market, namely plastic and aluminum. This is that safety issue I mentioned.
First, let’s look at plastic. As I’m sure you are aware there has been increasing concern over the use of BPA in plastic bottles and the dangers of BPA especially for children. Bisphenol A (BPA), is a hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen. Another reason to be concerned, especially for new parents, is that some animal studies report negative effects in fetuses and newborns exposed to BPA. In fact, the FDA has amended regulations to no longer allow BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups, and infant formula packaging. Other countries such as Canada, the EU, China and Malaysia have banned the use of BPA in some uses, mostly related to baby and food products. That is enough reason for me to avoid it!
Oh and please don’t even consider non-reusable plastic bottles, they leach unwanted chemicals into the water and the bacteria can’t be easily washed out of them. Long storage time on the shelf or in a warm garage or trunk increases the likelihood of bacterial growth and may cause antimony to leach from the plastic.
Onto Aluminum: there are two main concerns about aluminum water bottles, containers etc. The first is an association with increased rates of Alzheimer’s Disease. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) states that Aluminum may be the single most aggravating and avoidable factor related to Alzheimer’s Disease. The second concern, our old friend BPA. You see BPA is used in the liner of most aluminum water bottles. Most aluminum water bottles have an interior liner because aluminum reacts with acid liquids. Manufacturers claim this liner protects consumers from aluminum leaching into their beverage, however as I mentioned, these liners are generally made using BPA. Furthermore, wear and tear can cause the liner to breakdown and then you have liner and aluminum leaching into your water! Gross.
Good ol’ classic stainless steel water bottles are considered safe. They do not leach anything into the water and do not have an interior liner. The only caution is to make sure that if the top is plastic, it is BPA free.
Caution: Aluminum bottles look very similar to stainless steel so make sure to verify the materials used. Aluminum is usually lighter than stainless so that can help to distinguish the two if they are not clearly labeled.
Now that you know why I prefer Stainless Steel, I’ll take a look at a comparison of two major brands and you can decide which works best for you! Stay tuned!
P.S. Why don’t I mention glass? 1) well I am clumsy and afraid to break it. 2) It is heavy and my purse is already too heavy. That being said I think it is a safe alternative and find the Life Factory options to be interesting.
I’d love to hear from you. What is your preferred type of reusable water bottle? Comment be,ow and let me know.