Reusable water bottles are the gift that keeps on giving, but they can also be the gift that keeps on leaching toxic chemicals into your recipients’ drinking water. There are tons of options on the market that are safe, smart, and pretty enough to be gift-ready, but unfortunately, not all brands provide the same standard of safety. We know you don’t have an abundance of spare time for research right now, so we took the hard work out to tell you why you should give ThinkBaby or LifeFactory bottles, not Sigg.
You might think that any reusable bottle is a safe option; anything is better than reusing the thin plastic bottles that water comes in at the store, right? Reusable bottles are definitely an improvement for the environment, but not all are an improvement for your bod. Unfortunately, some are still made with plastics that contain bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates; endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can leach into foods and liquids. (If “endocrine-disrupting doesn’t set off alarm bells, consider that BPA is linked to breast cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, is on Canada’s federal list of toxic substances and is banned from infant and children’s products in several countries.) Presumably, your recipient will drink up to several glasses of water per day out of their shiny new water bottle; it’s important to gift carefully.
The most important bottles to avoid are any made of polycarbonate plastic, which without a doubt contain BPA. Stainless steel and glass bottles are generally safe, HOWEVER: Some popular brands, including Sigg, manufacture bottles with linings that may contain BPA. Sigg acknowledged last year that its bottles made before August 2008 were made with an epoxy liner containing BPA. They’ve modified their bottles to contain an “Eco-Care lining,” but it hasn’t disclosed all of the ingredients, and doesn’t guarantee that it’s BPA-free.*
But don’t let Sigg get you down; here are 6 other brands whose bottles we trust and love to use:
*Sigg’s Health & Safety web page states that “Substances like BPA are prevalent in the environment and are in a very wide variety of consumer products found in the home, including food and beverage product containers and most plastic products. As a result, it is literally impossible to certify that something is 100% BPA free and to scientifically validate such a guarantee.