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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!
03/07/2008 1:59:04 PM CST
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.
03/07/2008 2:37:35 PM CST
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!
03/07/2008 3:05:23 PM CST
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.
03/08/2008 11:02:35 AM CST
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.
03/08/2008 12:53:24 PM CST
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.
03/08/2008 3:17:49 PM CST
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.
03/08/2008 9:17:00 PM CST
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
03/09/2008 12:23:25 PM CDT
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.
03/09/2008 12:42:16 PM CDT
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.
03/10/2008 7:53:17 AM CDT
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.
03/10/2008 9:17:27 AM CDT
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
03/10/2008 9:26:36 AM CDT
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.
03/10/2008 10:22:52 AM CDT
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!
03/10/2008 11:55:47 AM CDT
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. :-)
03/10/2008 12:23:12 PM CDT
Alba says ...
Oops, sorry the link for New Wave Enviro didn't go through. Here it is again http://www.newwaveenviro.com/
03/10/2008 12:24:58 PM CDT
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.
03/10/2008 4:28:12 PM CDT
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!!
03/11/2008 7:27:03 PM CDT
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?
03/15/2008 7:51:16 PM CDT
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! :)
03/17/2008 7:40:18 AM CDT
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
03/17/2008 8:02:39 AM CDT
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.
03/18/2008 6:45:34 AM CDT
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!!!!!!
03/18/2008 7:53:24 AM CDT
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.
03/20/2008 6:15:47 PM CDT
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.
03/20/2008 7:48:08 PM CDT

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