Buying personal items today should be done with caution as products on the market can contain toxic chemicals hazardous to one’s health. When choosing water bottles for your kids, for instance, there are some things that parents need to take into consideration. Being in the know about the materials used in making the bottles will go a long way in protecting your child’s health.
Water bottles are very handy particularly if you and your family are fond of hiking, going on picnics or going on long trips. But then again, it’s best to check what the product is made of before making a buying decision. Fortunately, manufacturers are now responding to calls for more sustainable water bottles that adults and kids can use without having to worry about their health. Many are utilizing modern technology to create green and durable water containers.
Water bottles come in various shapes, sizes and colors and are made from different materials as well. Many people use the plastic type while the others who are more health-conscious prefer those made from glass or stainless steel.
Plastic water bottles are normally made of polycarbonate or a thermoplastic polymer. Polycarbonates, however, are known to contain bisphenol A or BPA which leaches a hormone disrupting chemical even at room temperature. As such, products that use them should be avoided by consumers.
Other plastic bottles are made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). This is the softer plastic made from petroleum and can be manufactured without the BPA. It should also be noted that not all bottles with polyethyelene contain BPA.
Stainless steel water bottles are safe to use and their edge is that they don’t retain flavors from previous beverages. This means that whatever drink you put in the container will remain fresh and great tasting up to the last drop.
If you don’t mind the weight, water bottles made of glass are the safest to use. This type is most suited for people who want to stay away from chemicals in plastics and who are advocates of sustainable eco-friendly products.
Glass has been the standard material for most household packaging needs in the past and it is making a comeback these days in water bottles. Other major benefits of glass bottles are that they are made from abundant natural resources and require relatively little energy to produce. They are also recyclable, can be used for hot or cold liquids, and produce no odor or taste. They don’t retain the taste of previous drinks as well.
So regardless of the material you prefer, make sure to check the water bottle first before paying for it. The best ones to use are those that do not leak, are BPA-free, easy to sip from and most of all, durable.