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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.

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Charlotte says …

a lot of you are talking about siggs, which i personally love. i had a nalgene, but cancer sucks and, let's face it, it's still plastic. also, i'm not big on the whole "sipping" thing, so i kept a straw in my nalgene, and the rim of it would get all yucky, even with regular cleanings. SIGGS ARE AWESOME!!!!!! you can get different sizes, even handles for babies and toddlers! also, you can clean them out with just regular baking soda, totally ok for the environment, which is way better than the bleach i had to resort to sometimes to get the yuck out of my nalgene after it had been in the hot san diego sun. yay for sigg! go to mysigg.com and you can order exactly what you want-- get the lid, accessories (cleaning tools, handles, carriers) and as many as you need for the whole fam. hooray for hydration!

Irene Rose says …

Sometime ago we purchased Whole Foods stainless steel coffee mugs for each of us and fill them with water and ice from our home, which has a dual whole house filtration system and a reverse osmosis system for the drinking/cooking/ice making water. We don't use them for coffee, only water, so we keep the pure taste of the water. We haven't used plastic water bottles for several years.

Alba says …

Here's an awesome site to check out for all your reuseable needs. www.reuseablebags.com. They just won the Green Business of the Year by Co-Op America. Also, keep in mind SIGG bottles are made of aluminum and that there are other toxicity issues with this material as well. I understand they have a non-toxic lining, but I would still be cautious. Kleen Kanteen is electro-polished. Just something to consider. I'm not trying to upset the SIGG community. By the way...you can find SIGG bottles on that site as well. They're having a closout sale now!

Gabrielle says …

Hi Alba, that link is actually: http://www.reusablebags.com/ - thanks for the heads up. Re: Sigg bottles and aluminum, I'm not worried - the aluminum makes the outer portion of the bottle. I certainly feel it's much safer than all that plastic.

Kari Haas says …

Great Idea! It is so important for all of us to reduse our use of plastics. Tons of plastic water bottles get into our ocean each year helping to create the Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a stewy mass of plastic (80%) and garbage in the Pacific Ocean. Approximately twice the size of Texas and 300 feet thick floating just under the surface between Hawaii and San Francisco. Redusing use of water bottles and raising awareness is a great way to start cleaning up our environment. Google "Pacific Garbage Patch" and learn what suprisingly few people know about what plastic is doing to our environment.

Sylvia Swegle says …

I hate those pesky plastic bottles as much as anyone, but I find you can use them to fill with water, freeze and then put in a dog house to act as an "air conditioner" during the hot weather.

Chris says …

I always have the corn-based water bottle, with the filter, sold at Whole Foods in my car, so I can drink water wherever I am. Because of a severe back problem, and medications required, I am constantly thirsty and probably drink at least 1/2 a gallon of water a day. I use a refillable filtered pitcher, but there are times, when I'm out and want a cold drink, I'll break down and buy a cold bottle of water. Sorry..... I try to use my corn-based water bottles as much as possible.

Joan says …

Hi, On March 6th, 2008 at 6:53 pm, jule small said: "Beware of any Stainless Steal containers from China. I had mine tested and found it was made with toxic materials." I have been using a stainless steel bottle which I purchased at Whole Foods. It was made in China and distributed by Enviro Products. Given that you, Whole Foods are selling this Chinese made product, I'm wondering if you've had it tested, and if not, will you? Thanks, Joan

steve says …

For over 7 months, I have reused the same plastic bottle for my water.I just refill it with filtered water when empty.It makes me sad when I see people buying their water by the caseload, "on sale", etc. and throw away the bottle without any thought of where it will end up.

Alba says …

Thanks for the correction Gabrielle. Sometimes you type something a thousand times, but slip that once. Hope you check them out more often. I'm especially fond of their reusable produce bags. For someone like me that purchases a great deal of veggies,it's a godsend. Take care.

Alba says …

This is for Steve...if the plastic water bottle you're reusing is made from a #1 plastic, I would stop using it. This type of plastic is meant for single-use only. Thereafter, the danger of leaching is inevitable. How about reusing a glass container or trying out a Kleen Kanteen or SIGG bottle instead? You won't regret it. Scroll up a bit and you'll see a link to a site where you can purchase different types.

jerry says …

My earlier comment (#8 above) about the relative safety of the U.S. municipal water supply appears to have been a little optimistic. The Associated Press just released an investigative story about pharmaceuticals in drinking water that everyone concerned should read. Here's the link to CNN's version: http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/03/10/pharma.water1.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Linda says …

jerry, I appreciate the fact that you have looked into the tap water issue since I mentioned it early on in this blog. Relieable water sources are not a given any more. Drinking fountains, restaurant tap water, etc. are all in question these days...even bathing in the tap water is frowned upon since there are so many chlorine byproducts and hot steamy chlorine gases are biohazardous. Chlorine gas is a toxic chemical weapon.

Tracy says …

i reuse the glass bottles from VOSS. most whole foods carry this brand of sparkling and still water, and they are a streamlined design that is easy to wash in the dishwasher and refill. i love them!

Alba says …

Joan, I have a Klean Kanteen and it is also made in China, but if you go on their website, they explain safety issues intricately and the reason why they have their product manufactured in China. The link to their FAQS page is http://www.kleankanteen.com/7faqs/faqs.html  Just keep scrolling down to find info on safety and quality standards. Of course anyone else is most welcome to read up on them as well. As for "New Wave Enviro Products, here is a link to their site for further info. They seem to be fine. According to them, they are even endorsed by Leo DeCaprio's eco site: http://www.11thhouraction.com/. I would feel safe purchasing a product from them. In fact they even make shower filters, which these days are necessary for not only the reasons Linda mentioned, but a plethora of others. The issues with bathing water is a huge one and I won't get into it here. That could be easily researched. Aside from all this, I'd like to say it's pretty cool to see so many people aware and taking responsibility to save our Earth. It's all we got and I fear for her future, but it looks like we're finally heading forward on the right path. :-)

Alba says …

Oops, sorry the link for New Wave Enviro didn't go through. Here it is again http://www.newwaveenviro.com/

Kent says …

What happened to the filtered water machine at the Glover Park Whole Foods? It would be nice if the Glover Park Whole Foods would bring back the filtered water machine so that we can reuse our one gallon bottles, instead of throwing them away in the recycling container. Not only do you get a delicious gallon of water for less than 50 cents, but you get a good workout too. In addition, the filtered water is excellent for herbal and medicinal teas. By the way, did you read today's paper about drugs in the water supply? I stopped drinking WASA/Army Corps of Engineers water several years ago. If the Glover Park Whole Foods is out of the question, is there any chance of installing the filtered water machine at the Tenleytown Whole Foods? If more people speak up in favor of reinstalling the filtered water machine, we might have some luck. Please ask the manager for the filtered water machine each time you visit Whole Foods. Thanks.

Evins says …

Buy sip bottles from Whole Foods with fold down straws. I use two colors for my two kids. Instead of buying individual juice boxes/pouches, I fill these with water or juice for their lunches and we waste little and hydrate often!!

Tracy says …

I need a large, re-useable, and non-plastic bottle that will fit in a regular water bottle cage for a bicycle. Any suggestions?

Janet says …

I recently purchased a stainless steel water bottle from a company called Greenfeet. It even has a selection of caps (I like the sports cap) that you can choose from. It's great not buying water in plastic bottles anymore! :)

David Cox says …

On Mar. 7, in this blog I suggested that Whole Foods BAN plastic water bottles altogether. That seems to have fallen on deaf ears. This is a major environmental problem and there should be serious legislation to stop the proliferation of plastic drinking bottles. In my humble opinion, the number one cause of cancer in this world is toxic chemical byproducts of plastics production such as dioxins and benzene and zenoestrogens. And guess what? These carcinogens are not only in the plastic bottles that billions of us use, but they are also released into our environment and get into our water supply during production and decomposition. My solution to this is a Multipure water filter that eliminates 99% of most harmful chemicals. It is certified in California and is the best water filter on the market. They can be easily mounted on your countertop or under the sink. Go to Multipure.com to order your stainless steel filter today and do yourself and the world a favor. Happy drinking! David Cox

Robin says …

Not actually about drinking water, just water in general. My husband & I own a farm in a very rural area with a well-not city water. We were very concerned with our water usage for crops and livestock. We just installed a 2500 gallon tank to collect the rainwater from our barn to use for these purposes, and also to use to make "manure tea" for our crops, thereby avoiding the use of chemicals for fertilizing. Also, this tank was destined to be thrown away, and was given to us, eliminating it from the landfill. A fresh coat of paint on the steel bands and it will be good as new! Homeowners can do this on a smaller scale with rain barrels.

Alba says …

Right on Dave!!! You've hit it on the money. Rest assured, your message has not fallen on deaf ears. I've been personally lobbying for an elimination of not only plastic water bottles, but plastic containers in general at the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle, New York. All their items, that should be in bulk are in plastic containers that cannot be recycled in the State of New York. Regardless of recyclability, there's no need to have them in those containers. It would be very easy to push reusable produce bags in their stores. That could not only be used for produce, but all other bulk items as well. Getting back to the plastic bottle discussion. I agree that it is disconcerting to see that in Whole Foods of all places. As much as I like shopping there, I notice the company does not have uniform standards for all their stores. For instance in New York, you were only given the choice of a plastic bag, where as in their Princeton, NJ store, you had the option of paper or plastic. Very strange, although thank goodness, all stores will finally be abandoning plastic bags. IT'S ABOUT FRIGGIN' TIME!!!!!!

tiaa from chicago says …

What a great bunch of blogs! With April around the corner, and so much Environmental Awareness going on about the nation, these comments are encouraging. With a large corporation like Whole Foods providing a medium for Ediscussion amongst strangers, is incredible, and enlightenling. Plastic has no natural predators. Nothing eats it and nothing decomposes it. So like aluminum, it shall come to haunt us. The issue of stainless steel was addressed in the blogs, and upsetting to find that some manufacturers have contaminated the mix here,too. I agree that recycling and reuse are great possibilites for societal improvements. However, consumers move the market, and planned obsolescence is part of retail expansion along with economic stimulus. So, let us continue to be supportive of all community efforts that inspire better choices, and determine responsible behavior. Thank you to Whole Foods and all the bloggers. It is a great reading experience. Gives one hope for the future.

Jim Brickey says …

Mountains to City, Winter to Warmer. In the Colorado Rockies I have a cabin where we turn off the water 8 to 9 months a year, but I still visit when nothing comes out of the tap. In the wintertime I wash dishes by bringing water jugs, boiling what I need, using a little soap on a sponge, and I'm amazed by how little water it takes compared to my summer dishwashing. Some of the left over water is tossed outdoors for consumption by the trees when things warm up in May. Since it works so well, I'm transferring this practice to my home in the city. Boiling water, washing with a little soap, rinsing, and putting less water down the drain. I haven't yet used my "grey" water in the city to water the trees, but certainly could. Also, the plumbing in the outhouse in the mountains works all year round, but I don't have one of those in the city! Such a device in the city would save incredible quantities of water, but the neighbors might object.

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.

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.

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!

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 :-)

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.

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.

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!

Holly says …

i always carry around my sigg water bottle. It is aluminum and comes in more than 100 designes! I love it!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Devon says …

Everyone should watch the documentary "Tapped" before thinking of using any kind of plastic water bottle.

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.

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!

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!

rae says …

How do I know if Whole Foods sells bottled water that may harm my health? I've had breast cancer of the estrogen-receptor positive type and I want to be sure that when I take a WF bottle of water with me.

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