The best water bottles for storing water

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The best water bottles for storing water
A glass water bottle filled with water. (Water bottle image by Sebastian from Fotolia.com)

Finding the best water bottles for storing water is essential to keeping your water safe for future use. According to a 2008 article by U.S. News and World Report as well as the National Resources Defense Council (NRCD), there are potential health dangers of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) used in certain types of polycarbonate plastic water bottles. BPA hardens plastics and can leak into stored water. It has been linked to increased risks of diabetes, heart disease, and infertility. The NRDC suggests avoiding plastic water bottles with the number 3, 6, or 7 on the bottom; bottles with a 1, 2, 4, or 5 are safe. Disposable plastic bottles do not contain BPA, but they negatively impact the environment by ending up in landfills.

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Lined Aluminum Bottles

Aluminium bottles are a metal option for storing water that is safer than plastics, since plastics wear over time and may potentially leak toxins into your water. If you choose an aluminium water bottle, find one that is lined with a water-based, non-toxic lining. Many lined aluminium water bottles are antimicrobial, providing an environment resistant to the multiplication of harmful bacteria that make water unsafe for consumption. Also, many lined aluminium bottle brands offer water bottles for storing water that insulate your water to protect it from extreme temperatures. Lined aluminium bottles are excellent for daily or long term use. Look for lined aluminium water bottles in outdoors/sporting goods stores and whole foods stores.

Stainless Steel Bottles

Stainless steel bottles for storing water are another safe choice. Food-grade stainless steel protects your water without the danger of chemical leakage. Some stainless steel bottles are dishwasher safe. Stainless steel bottles will not alter the flavour and specially crafted insulated bottles will protect it from extreme temperatures. They are reusable and recyclable. Environmentally friendly, stainless steel bottles are one of the best water bottles for storing water because they last, are safe for daily and long-term use, and can be repurposed. Look for stainless steel water bottles in outdoors/sporting goods stores and whole foods stores.

Glass Bottles

Health experts agree that one of the best water bottles for storing water is the glass bottle, according to U.S. News and World Report and the NRDC. Glass is a safe material for storing water because it is free of potentially harmful chemicals. Generally made from sand or natural minerals, glass provides non-toxic storage. While glass water bottles are readily available and are usable for daily purposes, there is a potential for breakage that does not occur with metal options. Glass should be used with caution for daily use. For long-term use, glass is a safe, heavier option great for extended water storage. Also, using glass bottles that were originally used for other food and drink storage is a good way to conserve energy as well as money.

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