If you are in the market for a reusable water bottle, it’s fair to say you’re already right on course for a more sustainable way of living.
When shopping, you will come across reusable bottles made from many different materials, which can make it tricky to choose which one is best. As a vessel for carrying drinking water, how safe a bottle is to use must be a key concern.
In the next sections, we will reveal just how healthy it is to drink from a stainless-steel solution.
While other options are lighter to carry or more affordable, when it comes to health and safety, stainless steel beats the other choices like plastic and aluminium every time.
Read on to discover why this is and some practical advice on how to stay healthy while using a reusable water bottle.
Why are stainless steel water bottles the safest option?
The water ingested from a reusable plastic bottle may not always be as healthy as people would expect.
Due to its manufacturing process, plastic is typically loaded with toxic chemicals. Over some time, plastic bottles can break down.
When this happens, chemicals are released into the water within the bottle, especially if it holds hot beverages, like tea or coffee.
Perhaps the most recognised toxin present in plastic is Bisphenol A, often referred to as BPA. In the past, this toxin has been connected to hormone balance and is believed to be a contributing factor in unwanted belly fat.
However, this isn’t the least worrying issue of BPA. When included in plastic water bottles, it is linked with metabolic diseases, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and even fertility problems. Today, many plastic bottle manufacturers remove BPA from the products they sell and advertise them as 'BPA-free'.
While this is an improvement, there are numerous other chemicals in plastic that may still present a health risk. Aluminium water bottles don’t hold up well to acidic liquids. For this reason, they are typically lined with an epoxy interior.
Like plastic, epoxy often contains BPA. This makes aluminium water bottles also hazardous when their linings start to deteriorate.
The best alternative to reusable plastic and aluminium water bottles are those made from food-grade stainless steel. No harmful chemicals are added to stainless steel, so there is zero chance of toxins leaching into drinks, whether they are hot or cold.
Additionally, stainless steel doesn’t rust or promote the growth of mould.
Remember, we are all connected
As human beings, we have a symbiotic relationship with our planet. This means that factors impacting its wellbeing will have a knock-on effect on our health.
Single-use plastic waste pollutes both the land where it is buried and the oceans where it is often dumped, so, when we choose plastic over more sustainable options, we’re only harming ourselves.
Stainless steel is 100 percent recyclable and water bottles manufactured from it can last far longer than others. This helps reduce worldwide waste. By selecting a stainless-steel bottle to carry your daily drink, you're taking an important step to safeguard your wellbeing.
Health tips for reusable water bottle users
Stainless steel water bottles can last for an exceptionally long time, but they do require care.
Avoid leaving drink remnants in them after use and give them a daily clean to keep them fresh. Warm soapy water is a simple and effective solution for everyday cleaning.
To make sure your bottle gets a comprehensive clean, it is worth buying an affordable bottle brush with an adequate reach.
Long-handled bottle brushes can be bought made from silicone that is 100% BPA free, so you can keep your ethics and bottle hygiene on the right track.
Do you need a reusable stainless steel water bottle?
Whether you're looking to update your own water bottle to a stainless-steel solution or you're buying a gift for a friend or family member, at Hippo Bottles, we’ve got you covered.
Check out our iconic 1st Edition 500ml Hippo Bottle or browse our shop today for more ingenious designs for drinks on the go and other accessories.