Say Goodbye to Plastic Water Bottles

Get your 64 oz Without the BPA

THE CHALLENGE:
As you may already know, Earth Day is coming up quickly. To honor the earth and celebrate this holiday, we’re daring you to give up your plastic water bottles. Personally this was a tough habit to break. Since the onset of the bottled water phenomenon, I’ve been toting around a 1 Liter as if it was another appendage. I’d go through an average of 2 per day, so not only was I being completely wasteful, but there were also bottles everywhere. The backseat of my car became a bottle graveyard while my desk acted as a shrine to plastic. I drink a lot of water, always have, and don’t want to spend my day running back and forth to the fridge for a refill. Some people want personal masseurs, others a chef; I, however, have dreamed of having someone on hand who’s sole responsibility was to keep my water glass full. The closest and most affordable thing I could find? Bottled water.

I’ve read the studies as they came out about BPA, the dangers of leaving water bottles in the car and the risk of bacteria growth. Nothing stopped me until one day, about one month ago, a voice inside me said no more. I placed my last Trader Joe’s 1 liter in the recycling bin, didn’t tell a sole about my endeavor and proceeded to hunt for a suitable reusable water bottle. In the past I’ve dabbled in reusables, all of which fell short for a number of reasons. From metallic flavors to incorrectly sized openings or sharp edges, I had always returned to my beloved disposables. You could say I was having commitment issues. This time I knew it wasn’t an option and decided on a Nalgene 32oz narrow bottle in clear. It was essentially the closest in appearance and capacity to the disposables and the lime green cap happens to be one of my favorite colors. There was a slight blip in that the bottle never came! I emailed Nalgene and  they immediately sent out a new one free of charge. It’s like they knew it was a dire situation. For the two weeks in which I waited for my bottle I stuck to my guns and drank out of a glass. Heaven forbid, right? My water consumption was at an all time low, but it was worth the wait.

Bottled water poses a risk to our health and the environment. The use of BPA in plastics is to blame for the toxic effects and should be eliminated as much as possible from our lives.

The Dangers of BPA:
Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is a chemical used in making plastics. Consumption of BPA has been found to lead to adverse health effects and increased disease risk.

It has been referred to as a synthetic hormone which has been shown to decrease fertility and cause reproductive issues in both men and women. From miscarriages to erectile dysfunction, there are a myriad of problems that can occur.

BPA has been linked to some of our top killers like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It causes an error in cell division that leads to increased risks of cancer, and promotes the growth of fat cells which drives obesity.

BPA is hiding all around us so watch out. If it doesn’t say “BPA Free”, you’re not safe.

Where to Look for BPA:
Water Bottles
Baby Bottles
Canned Foods (used as the chemical lining)
Computers
Cell Phones
Plastic Storage Containers

Aside from the risks of the BPA, disposable water bottles pose other threats as well.

Other Effects of Disposable Water Bottles:
Reusing plastic water bottles can lead to bacteria growth that can make you sick. Avoid reusing, leaving the bottles in a warm place and touching the mouth of the bottle.

You waste money! Think about how much you are spending on water bottles that could be the culprit in making you sick. Purchasing a reusable bottle for $10 – $40 is a bargain for your wallet and health!

From 1976 to 2006, the number of gallons consumed by the average american jumped from 1.6 to 28.3! Think of all that plastic waste.

Along with the increase of water consumption comes an increase in bottled water sales; 2.2 billion gallons sold in 1990 to 8.8 billion sold in 2007.

In 2009, Americans generated 13 million tons of plastic waste and recovered only 7% for recycling. For every 1 ton of plastic recycled, we save 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.

TIPS:
Find a reusable bottle that suits your lifestyle, and you may even want two different ones. If you’re a runner, walker, hiker or biker check out a collapsible bottle like Vapur or try a carrying case. Remember to clean your bottle often and let it dry. For ease of use check to see if they are dishwasher safe or get a bottle brush to ensure you get out all the gunk.

OUR FAVORITES:
Like I said, I love my Nalgene bottle. The narrow mouth is easy to drink from and prevents unwanted spillage. It’s easy to carry and fits my style. More than anything I’m proud of my decision and the bottle reminds me of my personal triumph every time I take a sip.

Other Reusable Bottles:
Camelbak Classic 1 Liter Bottle
Klean Kanteen 18oz Classic Sport Stainless Steel
KOR Hydration Vessel 750ml
Bobble Bottle with Filter

Good luck & We Dare You!

Share your thoughts, your bottles and your progress.