Searching for The Perfect Reusable Water Bottle

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Searching for The Perfect Reusable Water Bottle

It’s been close to two years since we ditched drinking bottled water and began relying solely on reusable water bottles. According to the Mayo Clinic, adequate daily water intake for adults is 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women. Kids on the other hand should drink anywhere from 5 to 9 cups per day depending on their age and size. Sure, bottled water is convenient, but it significantly increases your carbon footprint, actually costs more than drinking filtered water, and surprisingly isn’t better quality. 

For us, the main motivation was to remove any potentially harmful chemicals from our drinking water (BPA from plastic)and to do our part by reducing our carbon footprint. Only about 30% of plastic water bottles consumed are recycled. Check out Ban The Bottle to learn more facts about the effect the bottle water industry has on the environment. Pretty impactful stuff. 

We did some basic math and came to the conclusion that for the amount of water we drink, reusable water bottles were a more economical way for us to go. Consider this scenario:

  • A normal bottle of Zephyrhills bottled water has 16.9 ounces. Adequate daily consumption would require an adult male to drink 6 bottles per day.
  • A case has 24 bottles (4 day supply) and costs around $3-$4 plus tax
  • Per year, that is 91 cases of water at $3 each. Total = $273 +/-
  • The two types of bottles we like are Klean Kanteen and Lifefactory (pros and cons discussed below) and they range between $19-$22
  • A cartridge for the water in our refrigerator costs $40 and we go through 2 per year.
  • Per year, that is $80 for the cartridge and  $22 for the bottle. Total = $102. Savings = $171 +/-
    • Even if you purchased 6 reusable bottles at $22 each in order to consume the same daily recommended amount the total = $132
    • Factor in the same $80 for the cartridge and your total = $212. Savings = $61
      • These savings will only increase because you don’t need to replace these bottles annually unless they break or you lose them.

Hopefully, by now you are seeing the light and you are ready to convert to a plastic free home. We have tried every reusable water bottle imaginable; from Nalgene bottles to Tervis tumblers. Below are reviews including pros and cons for the two brands of reusable water bottles we own. 

Lifefactory
16 ounce glass reusable Lifefactory water bottle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros

  • Available in multiple sizes including 9, 12, 16, and 22 ounces
  • Also available in 9 ounce Kids bottles with sip top 
  • All materials are FDA approved
  • BPA-free and phthalate-free
  • Medical-grade silicone flip top seals with the polypropylene (PP#5) cap.
  • Available with a classic twist off, flip, or straw cap
    • Flip Cap provides a narrow-mouth spout for on-the-go drinking.
  • Pivot handle allows for easy carrying and stowing
  • No residual taste from plastic or metals
  • Wide-mouth access makes it easy to add ice cubes, citrus slices or tea bags
  • Protective silicone sleeve provides a non-slip gripping surface and helps prevent breakage
  • Dishwasher safe (place cap on top rack/no need to remove silicone sleeve)
  • Includes polypropylene (PP#5) cap; flip top made of silicone
  • Dishwasher safe (place cap on top rack/no need to remove silicone sleeve)
  • Replacement bottles are available

Cons

  • Flip cap opens
  • Weight. Since these are glass, they are pretty heavy

 

Klean Kanteen
Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel reusable water bottle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros

  • No BPA, phthalates, lead, or other toxins
  • Available in multiple sizes including 18, 27, and 40 ounces
  • Also available in 12 ounce Kids sport bottles
  • Available with a sport spout or removable loop top
  • 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, no liner
  • Doesn’t retain or impart flavors
  • Slim design fits in most cup holders
  • Rounded corners are easy to clean with no hard angles where dirt or bacteria can stick
  • Stainless steel threads
  • Fits large ice cubes
  • BPA-free polypropylene (pp#5) caps
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Small opening on sport spout

Learn more about reducing your carbon footprint and see our reviews for reusable sandwich/snack bags

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