The Benefits Of Stainless Steel Water Bottles
There was once a time when everyone walked around drinking what seemed liked gallons of water a day using common disposable plastic bottles. I remember being a student at the University of Florida when Woody Harrelson came on campus to speak. One of things he pointed out was how health conscious many of us thought we were by drinking water vs soda yet we were using these bottles that were not biodegradable and in fact harming our environment and really was not healthy for our bodies. There are two reasons why you should be using BPA free stainless steel bottles and they are for health and environmental concerns
When you use plastic water bottles to consume your beverages, you run the risk of poisoning yourself with a toxin called Bisphenol-A or BPA. BPA is produced when plastic bottles begin to deteriorate after continued use. This can be minimized of course by never reusing the bottles. But of course the environmental issue is still a concern. BPA has been associated with certain cancers, fertility problems and development growth concerns in children.
Along with the health concern, a large number of plastic bottles end up in landfills every year and will in fact take thousands of years to decompose. Make sure you get 18/8 food grade stainless steel bottle. It is sturdy and the safest alternative when considering switching from plastic water bottles. These stainless steel water bottles can be found almost anywhere. Do your body and the earth some good by investing in one of these bottles. You should be able to find a really good one for under $10. Still not sure if you should make the switch, then check out some of these facts below.
· 38 billion water bottles end up in landfills every year; enough if laid end-to-end to circle the globe 150 times... EVERY YEAR!
· It takes up to 1,000 years for disposable plastic water bottles to decompose
· Each bottle of water requires 3 to 5 bottles of water to produce
· Each bottle of water requires ¼ of a bottle of oil to produce
· 714 million gallons (17 million barrels) of oil are consumed each year to produce disposable plastic water bottles
· The oil used to produce disposable water bottles could be used to power 1 million cars for 12 months
· Interestingly, approximately 25% of bottled water is actually municipal water (ie tap water) that has been treated (reverse osmosis, deionization, etc) and packaged disposable plastic bottles
· In the US alone 2.5 million tons of CO2 were produced by the manufacture of 30 billion liters of bottles water in 2006. These numbers are expected to increase by 51% by 2011!