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Kathy says ...
No matter what I do to not use plastic water bottles, I still feel slightly nauseous every time I go to a function or gathering with lots of people and one of the drinks provided is water bottles! It's even worse when it's Dasani or Aquafina...yuck... What do you do?!? I get so disenheartened, I just want to scream "STOP IT!!!" I can't get on every organizing committee and fight everyone else who just want to do the easiest thing (individual plastic bottles). I so at least take my bottle home to recycle it. I have occasionally set up a seperate recycling container (at parties not public events), but this embarasses my children and husband, so I limit myself to doing that only if we know the hosts personally. I have to supply drinks (Gatorade and water) and snacks for a water polo game, and my 11th grade son is horrified that I'm going to bring it in a BIG jug and supply paper cups. I also told him I was bringing carrots, but that was a joke. I will however, bring something homemade and NOT individual prepackeaged snacks.
03/21/2008 8:31:05 PM CDT
Kathy says ...
No matter what I do to not use plastic water bottles, I still feel slightly nauseous every time I go to a function or gathering with lots of people and one of the drinks provided is water bottles! It's even worse when it's Dasani or Aquafina...yuck... What do you do?!? I get so disenheartened, I just want to scream "STOP IT!!!" I can't get on every organizing committee and fight everyone else who just want to do the easiest thing (individual plastic bottles). I so at least take my bottle home to recycle it. I have occasionally set up a seperate recycling container (at parties not public events), but this embarasses my children and husband, so I limit myself to doing that only if we know the hosts personally. I have to supply drinks (Gatorade and water) and snacks for a water polo game, and my 11th grade son is horrified that I'm going to bring it in a BIG jug and supply paper cups. I also told him I was bringing carrots, but that was a joke. I will however, bring something homemade and NOT individual prepackeaged snacks. My frustration with society as a whole just keeps getting worse. Reading these blogs makes me feel like I am not alone, but in the REAL world it still feels like it.
03/21/2008 8:32:58 PM CDT
Lonnie says ...
Filtering and even using reverse osmosis does not remove all contaminents from municipal water supplies, it only removes bacteria, some contaminants and improves the taste. Do your homework, if you think any tap water in America is safe to drink becuase you filter it you are mistaken. I hope whole foods will search for and sell really pure bottled spring water into the future. I am willing to pay a premium price for clean, uncontaminated spring water and make sure the bottles get recycled. The answer is not to rebuff bottled water, the answer is in recycling the bottles!
03/28/2008 4:05:17 PM CDT
Cindy says ...
We use SIGG bottles because they are re-useable, recycleable and not made in CHINA. The lining prevents leaching of aluminum. Please be aware that regardless of the "safely made in China" labels, the contribution to the Chinese economy benefits the government not the people. See the documentary Seoul Train for a couple of hundred thousand reasons not to support China products. http://www.seoultrain.com/ We are not "Made in the USA" fanatics, we buy from lots of other countries (and yes, many others have issues, but you can only do what you can do). But given the safety issues and human rights issues involved we know that we are helping the planet and its people by using green products and not supporting governments that are responsible for hundreds of thousands of abuses each year. The one draw back to SIGGs is that you can't freeze them, but I take ice from our filtered ice maker and leave it in the freezer at work, so I have it throughout the day to add to the bottle. When traveling, I use my jandd insulated water bottle bag and it keeps it cold all day. (http://www.jandd.com - they are made in the US and Mexico and all of their products are phenomenal quality! We buy all our backpacks, etc from them.) Thanks for the effort you are all making. I really see the market responding to these efforts. One oif the biggest things we can do is educate our kids. They are activists at heart, I believe and they will force the changes that are most impacting through their schools if we support them. Then we really can change the future :-)
04/04/2008 11:00:48 AM CDT
E says ...
I used to have fears of what was to be found in Canadian tap water, but my bf and his family drink tap water using a brita filter and both his parents work for the city. One at the Waste Management plant, and the other in the lab at the Water Purification plant testing water samples. If they're both confident in drinking the tap water, then I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be.
04/14/2008 1:46:47 PM CDT
Stacey says ...
Another way to go green is purchasing your water bottles that are made in the USA. And ask your childrens school to go back to fountain drinks at sporting events and have a water bottle fundraiser with the school colors as choices. You can also visit http://takeatote.com for more green fundraising ideas.
04/16/2008 8:54:02 PM CDT
Sage says ...
I like the idea of stainless steel water bottles because I am too much of a klutz to carry the glass without dropping it. But I've wondered if I could actually get the water out of the bottle through the spout? Anyone have some feedback on how they work in that regards? As for drinking from a faucet/water fountain... all I can say is, YUCK! Don't know what state you all live in, and yeah, MAYBE the water supply is "safe" but it tastes disgusting where I live (California) and to top it off, what about the "flouride" that is put into it AND the "chlorine"!? I don't know about you, but anyone who is health-conscious is NOT going to want to ingest flouride and chlorine (at least as long as we can avoid it!) So thanks, but no thanks - I am sticking with filtered water, gang!
04/19/2008 9:30:03 PM CDT
Holly says ...
i always carry around my sigg water bottle. It is aluminum and comes in more than 100 designes! I love it!
05/29/2008 4:55:52 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
I carry a stainless steel container filled with tea myself. If for any reason I forget it and I must buy a beverage, I do my best to grab a bottle of Teas Tea. Excellent tea and the bottle is plastic but PETE1 so I don't feel bad.
12/05/2008 8:01:44 PM CST
Kate says ...
Laptop Lunches makes a great reusable bento box for packing waste-free lunches and they have some really nice stainless steel drink bottles, lunch jars, and travel flask. Lots of the Whole Foods stores carry Laptop Lunches.
02/09/2009 5:04:56 PM CST
Jeet says ...
I am a traveler and stay at least 4 days in hotels. I bought a Sigg water bottle and have stopped using/wasting the bottled water, albeit it's free for elite guests. At night, I fill water from my office and don't waste plastic at all. I have been consistently doing this for a few months now. Very happy, proud and satisfied. My wife has started carrying one along too.
11/04/2009 7:30:12 PM CST
laurel says ...
I loved my Sigg bottle- I carried it everywhere, including on a summer-long trip to Europe. But then there was the liner issue so I exchanged it for the new Sigg bottle with BPA-free liner (to be honest I was not that concerned with the leaching but there were some mysterious deposists that I could never get out of my old bottle, even with the Sigg tablets). Six weeks after exchanging our family's Sigg bottles for the new improved Sigg bottles, the bottle liner is peeling off one of them in strips around the screw threads. My son came home today from school complaining about the plastic in his water. I've now found a number of similar complaints online- so be aware of this problem. I'm feeling very done with Sigg now.
12/14/2009 8:50:59 PM CST
Sharron says ...
Drinking good water is so important I feel up my stainless steel bottle with my Pi-Mag Water and take it everywhere I go.
02/28/2010 7:57:24 PM CST
Devon says ...
Everyone should watch the documentary "Tapped" before thinking of using any kind of plastic water bottle.
01/08/2011 5:54:04 PM CST
waterboy says ...
Laurel, We too are done with the Sigg Bottles. I liked the look and feel, but they are hard to clean and fill compared to others. The main reason I'm not buying anymore is due to the liner starting to peel off within a month. I thought that I might have got a bad one. It happened to 3 bottles so I gave up. I've switched to Nalgene. The one I have says made in the USA, BPA Free and dishwasher safe. So far, it's better in every way, well it might not look as cool, but I can live with that.
03/21/2011 4:40:02 PM CDT
B says ...
Life factory makes a glass bottle with a silicone sleeve and top just like the aluminum and steel bottles but no metal taste! They also come in different sizes for kids and babies!
05/01/2011 8:56:44 AM CDT
B says ...
Life factory makes a nice sturdy glass bottle with silicone sleeve and top...no metal taste and comes in various sizes...even for kids and babies!
05/01/2011 9:00:35 AM CDT

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