We all know the benefits of staying hydrated, and one excellent way to do so is to invest in a decent water bottle. This encourages us to carry water with us and reminds us to top up on agua throughout the day, leaving us to enjoy our boosted energy levels and clear complexions.
What you may not have considered, however, is the material your water bottle is made from. Most people’s go-to choice is, of course, plastic. It’s durable, it’s inexpensive, it’s lightweight, and it’s also the material of choice for almost all the big-brand water companies, so why would you mistrust it?
However, research suggests that drinking from glass may be more healthful than drinking from bottles made of other materials, which is a bit of a blow for the health-conscious hydrators out there!
The solution is simple and as easy as changing your water bottle. Before you go investing in something new, let’s look at the reasoning behind it.
So, What’s Wrong with Plastic or Metal?
Drinking from a plastic or metal water bottle is not necessarily bad, as long as the bottle is manufactured according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. The danger comes from poor-quality plastic that lets chemicals leach into the water. These chemicals are often associated with funny-tasting water from plastic bottles that have sat for very long periods of time.
The worst of these is the infamous Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, which has been proven to have a lot of nasty effects on the human body. It can seriously disrupt our hormone balance, negatively impact our reproduction, metabolism, and development, and cause behavioral problems in children.
If the health implications, alone, aren’t enough to have you convinced, take a moment to consider the environmental impact of plastics. From the cradle to the grave, the plastic bottle industry has a huge effect on the planet, with millions of barrels of oil being used year after year in the manufacturing process. And it doesn’t end there; here, in the USA, we throw away a staggering 35 billion plastic bottles every year, which typically end up in landfills.
However, these negatives can be ameliorated by using custom made or reusable plastic bottles, which minimize the risks outlined.
What Are the Benefits of Switching to Glass?
There are so many upsides to switching to glass, you’ll be kicking yourself for not having done so sooner! Aside from looking incredibly stylish, glass is a higher quality material and an investment you won’t regret:
- BPA-free: Goodbye, harmful chemicals! Glass is a “clean” material and is far less permeable than plastic. This means that nothing can leach into your water, and you can be safe with the assurance you aren’t drinking anything other than pure H2 (Take note, though—the lid of your bottle will probably still be made of plastic, so be sure to double check it is BPA-free!)
- Environmentally sound: The environmental impact of producing glass is far less severe than plastic, and it is made from sand, which is a naturally abundant material (unlike fossil fuels such as oil). Glass can be recycled an infinite number of times, and will likely last far longer than a plastic bottle. Fewer bottles of water picked up on the go also means fewer bottles thrown away, which is great news for our landfills, and a big boost to your eco-karma.
- Better taste: Storing water in glass bottles results in a pure, crisp, and clean taste you simply cannot replicate with plastic. Hydration has never been so delicious!
- Durability: Glass is a very sturdy, durable material (provided you don’t drop it) and can last decades—long after a plastic bottle would have cracked or begun to leak.
- Easy to clean: Glass bottles are easy to keep clean and can always be run through the dishwasher (it’s not always clear if plastics are dishwasher friendly!)
- Save money: If you’re the type to pick up a bottle of Evian on the go, this is a great way to save yourself a few extra pennies. While it may not seem like much, the money you save over time will start to seriously add up, especially given the long lifespan of glass bottles!
Only a couple. Glass bottles are, of course, heavier than their plastic counterparts and can easily weigh up to two times more, which could be an issue for hikers and cyclists who need to minimize their load. And, to state the obvious, glass is breakable. Although most companies manufacture their bottles to be sturdier and more durable, they will still shatter if dropped from a great height. Many companies include a silicone sheath which adds an extra layer of protection, however, so, with careful handling, there’s no reason why your bottle shouldn’t last a few good years.
So, for a happier body and a healthier planet, go glass!
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