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Eco-challenge #2: Proof I am truly eco-challenged

10.16.09 Eco-challenge #2: Proof I am truly eco-challenged

sammy is excited about his safe stainless steel water bottle

Hi all - Happy to say things are going surprisingly well! Even though I’ve had a very hectic week including impromptu visits from in-laws and even some movie star interviews, not once have I turned to a plastic water bottle out of convenience. Nope - my Klean Kanteen has been by my side the whole time. Of course, the downside is I’ve probably consumed less water – but I can work on that.

There is one thing I wanted to address though. In my post on Monday, I incorrectly insinuated that there is BPA in disposable plastic water bottles. I’d love to say this was a typo but to be totally honest, I thought it was true. Which means, some of you might be confused as well. To help clarify, I asked MightyNest to break it down for me.

So…turns out there’s no BPA in disposable plastic bottles. Woohoo!  HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean they are in the clear. Here are some things to think about when it comes to water bottles --  

  1. Disposable plastic water bottles: Although disposable plastic water bottles don't contain BPA, there are other chemicals present that can leach into the water. Also, because heat can accelerate the leaching process, its better not to wash and re-use disposables or drink from one that has been in a hot car all day.
  2. Re-usable water bottles: Keep in mind that not all re-usable water bottles are the same. Some plastic and aluminum re-usables do contain BPA. In fact, popular manufacturer Sigg just announced that until recently BPA was present in the linings of their aluminum re-usable water bottles.
  3. Environmental concerns: There are obvious concerns about the insane amount of plastic bottles piling up in our landfills and oceans. This is a very good reason to try your hardest to cut back, even if you reduce by just 1 or 2 per week.

What’s the bottom line? You can’t go wrong with a stainless steel water bottle.

That's all for now. I'll be back on Sunday with my results...


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