Thursday, August 27, 2009

Replace Plastic Bottled Water With Stainless Steel

Copious and wasteful use of bottled water is bad. Duh. The plastic isn't sustainable, the water isn't necessarily more pure, and the container itself may very well be leaching dangerous BPA into your drinks.
Obviously, bottled water is necessary in certain situations. We wouldn't want to lose it forever, perhaps just consume less of it. Baby steps, kittens. Baby steps. I wrote about my own family's bottled water crisis, and for the last year we've greened up for good.
This evening, I was perusing Eco-Yogini's post on the SIGG water bottle controversy. Turns out this greenwashing giant has been churning out super stylish aluminum bottles lined with a BPA liner. I don't have one. Instead, I invested in several Kleen Kanteens, and I couldn't be happier. They're manufactured in the States, made of stainless steel, and they stay chilled beautifully. Best of all, no runny, sticky plastic drink bottles to schlep home from the football fields! Yay!
Citizen Green's post on why these plastic containers are hazardous is a great starting point for learning how to mitigate your consumption.

Klean Kanteen 40 oz. Bottles
- $ 25.95
Ban the bottle - the plastic bottle that is. Try the Klean Kanteen reusable bottle and up your water intake while decreasing your plastic consumption.

A healthy alternative to polluting plastics or lined metal bottles, the Klean Kanteen is a reusable stainless steel beverage bottle that won't leach toxins into the bottle's contents. Reusable, lightweight, 40 oz stainless steel bottle comes with a loop cap. You can customize with a sports or flat to suite your needs. All caps are made from safe, non-leaching polypropylene (pp#5).

Product Features: safe alternative to plastic and lined metal containers, high-quality food grade, 304 L.N. stainless steel, durable, lightweight, reusable and 100% recyclable, slim design fits most cup/bottle holders, non-leaching & toxin-free, no inner lining, clean tasting.

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I know $25 for a canteen seems a little staggering in this economy. You'll recoup your investment in a few weeks when you stop buying bottled water. I beat the hell out of these things on a daily basis, and they are still holding up perfectly. So what if it doesn't have some trendy pseudo-tattoo image screened onto its surface? That's totally played, anyway.


  1. Hiya, I'm glad you liked my post on SIGG- i was pretty annoyed with the whole thing and was also very happy that i had invested in klean kanteen. I especially love it now that i bought the little sport cap top so it's easier to drink out of without spilling water everywhere!
    you're right, the investment up front is SO worth it in the long run!


  2. Thanks for posting this Kitty - my teen Emily & I had just this conversation about doing away once & for all with the plastic bottles & going aluminum. I love the Kleen Kanteen vs. & that it does not leach any toxins. Your right, $25 is high but well worth it. With our house-guests, they have purchased two cases of plastic water bottles in 1.5 wks. Such a shame to see my recycling totes filled to the brim D:
    Especially when we have two water purifiers in the house. Happy weekend to you Kitty!

  3. Eco Yogini and DT: I honestly think water (especially that which has been sitting around for a while) tastes better out of stainless steel. As Eco Yogini mentioned, you need the little sport cap so as not to spill but also to protect your teeth! I am so stoked you kittens shun the bottled water! Thanks for coming by, both of you! xo kitty