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We are a family of water drinkers. My husband fills up several water bottles when he goes to school or out to teach music lessons and I always have water nearby me at home. When we go on errands, we almost always bring along a water bottle for each of us. We like our water.
And, of course, we try to use plastic free water bottles. It’s nice to know that we aren’t adding to the 60 million water bottles thrown away everyday. If that wasn’t reason enough of a reason to stop buying plastic water bottles, here are five reasons you should fill your own water bottles at home.
2-You won’t add more plastics to our landfill or use precious energy to recycle them. Refilling your own water bottles at home is a simple way to protect our resources.
3-You can save money. Even when buying a very expensive water filtering system, you can save money in the end by filling your own water bottles, if you drink bottled water everyday.
4-You will be reducing your use of fossil fuels and ironically, water, by filling your own water bottles. The production of the plastic for water bottles actually uses more water then it takes to fill the water bottles!
5-Bottled water can have similar quality or even be of worse quality than tap water. So you may not even be getting a better quality water when you buy bottled water!
I think it just makes plain common sense to fill your own instead of buying plastic water bottles. In the end, why not? To replace the plastic water bottle, we need clean water and a good water bottle.
As pointed out, tap water may not be all the much worse, if at all, from most bottled waters. So even filling your water bottle from your tap, may give you the same quality water you were buying. You may find some helpful information about the water quality of your state here.
You can buy a home water filtering system (some are very inexpensive, some very), or you can fill up gallon sized (glass) jars with purified water at many health food stores for very little cost. I hear that in some areas there are very good water delivery companies who will also bring you water in large containers of very high quality, spring water. That’s also an option for some.
But what about the Water Bottle?
We have many different water bottles and have almost completely eliminated plastic. We use everything from saved glass kombucha bottles (which work great), to Kleen Kanteen, to the odd stainless steel water bottle that a food company sent me. I personally favor glass water bottles. I think that water from a glass container tastes best (and you don’t have to worry about putting, say, lemonade, in it, as you would with many metal containers). Old kombucha bottles have done their duty well, as has a clunky mason jar-though apparently people drink “moonshine” out of mason jars, so this looks suspicious to many!
This was one reason I was very happy to find Life Factory Water bottles as another-more classy looking- glass option. In fact, one of my readers already mentioned that she loves this brand. My husband liked them so much, he bought one for himself to take to school. And Life Factory kindly sent us the smaller size for Elena to try out. She loves it! (It doesn’t hurt that it matches her Daddy’s). We like that it has the silicone sleeve on it as it makes it not only easier to hold but also protects it if dropped. I wouldn’t recommend trying this out, but I accidentally dropped Elena’s on our very hard tile floor and it didn’t break (thank goodness). If you use bottles for your baby, their small size also works as a baby bottle when fitted with a nipple. All to say, this is our new favorite water bottle.
But regardless of what brand of water bottle you use, the concept is quite simple. Buy a durable water bottle….or two or three and fill it with water at home and bring it along with you. It’s one big way you can drink life supporting water without exposing yourself to chemicals from your water bottle or damaging our environment.