This is the beginning of a series of posts on what I and others are doing to reduce plastic waste.
A reusable water bottle is something many people are aware of, and already practicing, but it is a good place to start and there are a few points worth making.
I am mostly water, and so are you. Yet, many of us are not well hydrated. I find having a large water thermos/reusable bottle allows me to more easily track my water consumption, keeping my daily goals. Currently I am trying to drink about 100 ounces a day, but usually do about 80. Water is good for every cell in your body, water may assist in weight loss. Water may also boost brain power, improve gut health, and stabilize blood pressure. So think of your reusable water bottle not as something you are doing just to reduce plastic, but something that is an integral approach to a systematic way of maintaining good health and performance.
Only 1 out of 5 plastic bottles are “properly” recycled, and that number may be generous. There are many drinks that my family has purchased over the years that use that come in plastic: water, vitamin water, Bai, Gatorade, juice drinks, and the list goes on. Drinking water from a tap is likely better overall from a health and weight maintenance perspective. No nasty BPAs from my reusable water bottle.
There is of course that pesky problem of what to do when traveling in a foreign country where the water is either of bad quality or just filled with microorganisms your system is not used to. I will concede, that can be a difficult issue, and welcome thoughts in the comment section. Strategies some people pursue include: filling up water bottles at restaurants and hotels, boiling water, sterilizing water, using a travel filter, and using a reusable bottle that has a built-in filter. On the built-in filter approach, some options include: Lifestraw, Oko, Larq, and Grayl.
Here is a neat infographic on the benefits of a reusable water bottle:
4 thoughts on “Reusable Water Bottle”
My wife uses a Camelbak Eddy Insulated and filtered water from a store in a reusaable gallon container. I use tap water filled in a gallon containter.
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For foreign travel and anywhere you think water might be sketchy, there are a lot of solutions that come from the backpacking community. It really depends on whether or not the country or location you are traveling to is prone to viruses in the water or you just need to filter contaminants, bacteria, and parasites. If viruses are not a concern then the Sawyer Squeeze micro filter is my personal favorite. It is pretty small, light, good for a million gallons, and lets you use your own bottle choice. If you need to account for viruses in third world countries then add a UV purifier like the steri-pen or chemical tablets. Although the steri-pen can kill everything on its own it does not filter particulates out of the water. The combination will both filter the water from contaminants and bugs and kill viruses. All are available on Amazon. Getting involved in ultra-light backpacking has really helped me pack efficiently for general travel.
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Great information Doug! Sounds like you are an experienced and/or knowledgeable hiker. I wonder if there is anything we can do for the casual traveler who is just too lazy to invest in any of these approaches, and therefore defaults to plastic water bottles? I wonder if any of the reusable water bottles with built in UV/filters are effective, and therefore can be the goto approach for people traveling? It seems to me the younger generation already love their reusable water bottles, they just do not know what to do when they go to another country.