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By Archive, March 1, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Archive

Here’s my water tip for the week: buy a stainless steel water bottle and, whenever you leave the house for more than an hour, fill it with filtered water and take it with you. This will prevent you from buying a plastic bottle of water when you get thirsty — taking one more plastic bottle out of the recycling stream or landfill. Best of all, it will help keep you hydrated and healthy. (More about those nasty plastic bottles next week.)

How do YOU stay hydrated without plastic? Do you avoid particular types of plastic bottles or containers? Click on “Comments” below and join the conversation.

Category: Green Action

 

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Gabrielle says ...
I have a Sigg water bottle (aluminum core) that I carry with me, filled with filtered water from my home faucet. I never buy bottled water.
03/01/2008 3:42:26 PM CST
Stephanie says ...
I really like the glass tea bottles (think Snapple, Honest Tea, etc.) and they are only slightly heavier than plastic and just as durable. They are easier to recycle and I can rinse them, put them in the dishwasher, whatever!
03/03/2008 4:20:49 PM CST
Linda says ...
I reuse the glass bottles from Cindy's Kitchen salad dressings that I buy at Whole Foods. They look alot like old fashioned milk bottles and are much sturdier than most glass bottles. Easy to grip and take in my lunch bag. I have shared my extras with friends and co-workers who have admired them. The cap works great for shaking up protien powders or green drinks.
03/06/2008 1:23:09 PM CST
Shannon says ...
I take my stainless steel bottle everywhere I go. Look for ones without linings to be toxin free.
03/06/2008 2:07:55 PM CST
Annie says ...
I don't feel the need to carry water with me, unless I am going hiking and it's warm out. I work out at the gym a couple of times a week, and run 5 miles per day, without water. I just don't get the need to constantly be rehydrating. Not that this answers the question, but my tip would be, drink enough water before you leave the house. Start using water fountains again- they DO exist, I used one in a museum just the other day. Ask for a water fountain. If enough people do that, maybe we'll see them come back and people won't need to carry water everywhere.
03/06/2008 3:01:21 PM CST
cyndi says ...
I use stainless steel bottles as well...I have a water filter pitcher, and use filtered water....so much less waste than using plastic bottles...and the more they are finding out about what is in the plastics.....well, all the more reason to use a refillable stainless bottle....haven't convinced anyone else at work tho...I also use pyrex glass containers for my lunch food, and pack my own silverware, and cloth napkins...no plastic bags or utensils!
03/06/2008 3:15:10 PM CST
Janet says ...
We reuse our organic maple syrup glass bottles as water bottles. We've acquired a few over the years, and we always put some in a cooler with an ice pack when we go somewhere. The bottles are sometimes mistaken for liquor bottles so they are often a conversation starter! I bought a stainless steel water bottle for my child for situations when a glass bottle would be "dangerous".
03/06/2008 3:15:31 PM CST
jerry says ...
Good point, Annie. Despite the occasional news story about polluted wells, etc., the municipal water supply in the U.S. is among the safest in the world. How have we become conditioned to taking water with us everywhere we go? Have we taken this hydration thing too far?
03/06/2008 3:19:06 PM CST
fawzia Khan says ...
I live in Florida .It's warm and humid, therefore I carry a bottle of water all the time. I bought it from Nikken a Japanese company. It's got it's own filter . I fill tape water where ever I go and drink ionic filtered water. Whether your body is hydrated or not depends on the kind of water you drink.
03/06/2008 3:52:43 PM CST
Nadia says ...
Finding alternative to plastic water bottles only requires a little effort and innovation, like all other going green efforts. I've discovered that I can find drinkable water in many places without lugging around any type of water bottle. In addition to drinking fountains, how about stopping in at a cafe to ask for a glass of free tap water or leaving a mug in your school locker or office cabinet to refill during the day? Once you start looking, drinking water is everywhere - after all, about three-quarters of the world is covered in water!
03/06/2008 4:34:12 PM CST
Mindy Griffiths says ...
Idea - how to be eco-friendly in preparing your child's lunch (or your own lunch). I bought reuseable "bento boxes" for my children's lunches. No more plastic baggies filling the landfill from this house! In addition I use cloth napkins for their lunches. I haven't lost one yet and my kids are only 7 & 9! They also use refillable water bottles everyday.
03/06/2008 4:34:52 PM CST
Brigid says ...
I like the suggestions of glass bottles I reuse my Gus' Soda bottles. They are made of glass with a screw cap and are small enough so they are not too heavy to cart around. This is an alternative that is better for short trips. One could also store a four pack at work with filtered water in them to use throughout the day.
03/06/2008 4:59:09 PM CST
jerry says ...
Alas, Nadia, very little of that water is fresh and only a small percentage of fresh water worldwide is suitable for drinking. Check out this U.S. Geological Survey site for details: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthwherewater.html But you're right, good quality water can be found nearly everywhere in North America, so why are we using all those plastic bottles?
03/06/2008 5:01:58 PM CST
Linda says ...
Do you folks actually know what is in the tap water you are so willing to drink out of any fountain? We have an RO filter at home and it is a much better option than relying on whatever is available on tap anywhere for free. Glass and Stainless steel are the way to go when out and about. Bring your own and know what you are drinking.
03/06/2008 5:03:42 PM CST
Nadia says ...
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that we drink ocean water or anything of that sort! It was intended as purely facetious...
03/06/2008 5:08:12 PM CST
Katina says ...
I'm in the health profession and I NEVER drink from water fountains. Every person that I have come across in the last 10 years that has come down with "mono" drinks regularly from water fountains. Also, pay attention to how some people drink from them, they put their entire mouth on the faucet. Yuck! The mouth is "one" of the dirtiest places on your body. Just ask anyone who's been bitten by another person and then has had to spend 30 days in the hospital getting IV antibiotics. As for water bottles, I have a bunch of plastic ones that I have collected in the past and I just refill them from my filtered tap water. I don't actually drink from them while at work, I just pour the water into a larger cup. That way I don't have to waste water washing them. Another "green" idea! And a comment to the person who can't understand why people need to be drinking water all the time. Personally, I dehydrate very quickly because I don't retain water. And if I do anything that makes me perspire I dehydrate even quicker, so I'm one of those that can't go to the gym without several bottles of water. And I use plastic because consequently it is much lighter and than glass.
03/06/2008 5:35:03 PM CST
Barbara says ...
I "put away" the plastic quite a while ago and have both Sigg and stainless water bottles. I prefer the stainless ones because of the cost factor and also because I don't have to wonder when or if the Sigg's FDA approved liner will be "un-approved" in the future. We use filtered water and I pack it whenever I go out. I don't need to drink constantly because my digestive health is excellent but I pack water so that I won't ever need to buy it in plastic. We also use ceramic lunch containers and wax paper to wrap. No more plastic for this family. It's really cool that we can do the safe thing for health, the right thing for the planet and in the long run the economically wise thing because we buy once and reuse. EXCELLENT!
03/06/2008 6:36:45 PM CST
Eli says ...
I bring a sun tea jar filled with filtered water (from my fridge) to work. It usually lasts 2-3 days. I just refill my drinking glass throughout the day. No plastic necessary!!!
03/06/2008 6:38:37 PM CST
Mallory says ...
If you have a full Sigg or aluminum water bottle with you at all times, you'll never have to worry about buying a plastic bottle. But what happens when you are out all day and run out of your home-filtered supply? For me, tap water and fountain water from most public places is undrinkable. Rather than dumping a $1.25 in a machine and another plastic bottle in the recycle bin, try a portable filter. Many companies now make small filters that fit right over the head of a faucet, and I have even seen ones that snap onto a drinking fountain spout! This way you can have fresh, clean water from anywhere to either refill your bottle or drink from the fountain.
03/06/2008 6:42:52 PM CST
jule small says ...
Beware of any Stainless Steal containers from China. I had mine tested and found it was made with toxic materials.
03/06/2008 6:53:36 PM CST
Carla says ...
Like many others who posted, I love using my stainless steel (SS) water bottle by Kleen Kanteen, and I fill it up with my own filtered water from home. I love it so much that I got a SS Kleen Kanteen sippy cup for my baby (couldn't bear to have him drinking out of plastic!). Kleen Kanteen does have a lining on the inside of the SS, so I've always wondered if it's ok. But hey - I figure it's better than all the phthalates & toxins in plastic!?! I feel much better knowing that I no longer add to the waste generated from all the plastic water bottles out there. If I am out without my own water and absolutely desperate, I'll only buy glass-bottled water (Pellegrino, Perrier, etc). I absolutely LOVE Whole Foods (I actually used to work there before I had my baby); however, I am disappointed they carry so much water in plastic bottles. I've noticed lately in my WF store that there is very little (or no) option of GLASS bottled water - particularly in the chilled section. I'd appreciate having this option, esp for times when I'm eating there.
03/06/2008 7:40:21 PM CST
Jill Blanchard says ...
Our family uses thermal stainless steel drinking cups for our water to go. We never leave home without it. The great thing about these cups is that they keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Living in Florida, the interior of our car gets extremely hot during most of the year. So when you return to your hot car and reach for your cold cup of water, it is still cold! The added benefits is that you can refill at a local water fountain and they are easy to keep clean.
03/06/2008 7:42:53 PM CST
Robin says ...
I save almost all of the glass jars we use, everything from salsa to applesauce. When the kids and I are going to be out and about during the day and I know we are going to need a drink I have everyone fill up a jar with filtered water. They all look different so nobody gets theirs mixed up with anyone elses. We bring them home and wash them out and back into the cupboard for whatever we need to use it for next. My absolute favorite water jar is an old mason jar with a handle. I get a lot of "is that your moonshine" comments, but I don't care. I know I am doing my part to make this a better place for my kids to live. I honestly don't know why anyone buys glasses with all of the glass jars that go in and out of our homes on a weekly basis. Anyway that's my two cents worth.
03/06/2008 7:44:56 PM CST
Donna says ...
I buy (glass) 32 ounce R. W. Knudsen juices at Whole Foods. When the bottles are empty I wash them out and stash them on top of my fridge. Every morning I take 2 of them, toss one green (organic/fair trade) tea bag into each, and fill with water. I take them to work and drink all day, thus avoiding the water out of the plastic bubbler at work, and also saving money by not buying a bottled tea. And it's healthy. I also brew my own hot tea in my coffeemaker, (one teabag per every 3 cup mark on the carafe), and after drinking one mugful at home, I put the rest in another of the bottles, along with organic milk and organic Florida (sugar) crystals. I keep a mug at work, so I am not wasting styrofoam cups every day by buying tea at a coffeeshop. I also control the ingredients that way. Everything I drink is organic, because I make it. I take all my lunches in Pyrex bowls, and wrap my sandwiches in wax paper lunch bags. No plastic for me! I take empty glass salsa jars and toss in a peeled, sectioned orange, and top off with some frozen berries. By lunchtime it's thawed and yummy. People laugh at my collection, but I am reducing, re-using, and recycling, and shrinking my "footprint"! Try it, you'll like it!
03/06/2008 8:23:41 PM CST
Susan says ...
I make a 2-qt. pitcher of flavored water. Then I take a plastic bottle, fill it half to two-thirds full, and put it in the freezer. In the morning, I fill it with the refrigerated water, and I'm set for the day. The water stays cold all day, and there's usually still ice in it in the afternoon. I prefer the plastic, as the glass is too heavy and breakable for my long commute on public transit.
03/06/2008 8:50:15 PM CST

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