Just last week we showed you how to turn a Mason jar into a to go cup for hot drinks, but what about when you're toting plain old water? Obviously, you don't want to buy bottled water when you're on the go, because it's crazily overpriced and comes with all sorts of environmental and ethical issues. So, what's the busy eco-ista to do?
Reusable plastic water bottles definitely have their benefits. They're lightweight, usually easy to clean, and they can take a beating at the bottom of your purse. The problem with plastic bottles is that they're made from plastic. Not only does that mean they're a petroleum product, but chances are they're leaching some nasty stuff into your water. Even if your bottle is BPA free, plastic contains a host of other chemicals, and there are suspicions that the plasticizers companies are using to replace BPA aren't much better from a health standpoint.
Metal bottles can be a pain to clean, but at least you're avoiding the plastic in contact with your water, right? Not really. To keep your metal bottles from giving you water a metallic taste, companies tend to coat them with - you guessed it! - plastic.
That's where the glass water bottle comes in. Glass doesn't leach into your drink, and there are no coatings to worry about. You can stick glass bottles right in the dishwasher. Heck, you don't even have to go out and buy a fancy one like in my photo at the top there. In fact, reusing something is way greener than my store-bought glass bottle that's encased for some reason in plastic. Here are a couple of ideas for how to get a glass water bottle without shelling out the bucks:
- Next time you get a single-serving glass bottle of juice or sodapop at the store, just stick it in the dishwasher. Voila!
- You can also use a straight up Mason jar to tote you water.
No need to buy anything special or spend $10-$15 on a fancy pants bottle. You probably have a jar in your pantry that you can start toting water in right this moment, if you want. Do any of you guys use a glass water bottle? Is it store bought, or did you repurpose it?