Sustainability is important to me. Not so much for myself, as I’m getting older, but for the generations to follow me. I practice sustainability in every way that I can – placing recycles at the curb (including every scrap of paper), sending kitchen scraps to my composter trash cans, and now I have acquired glass water bottles so that I won’t be guilty of helping to circle the world with plastic water bottles.
In addition to sustainability, I went looking for the bottles for two other reasons: safety and economics.
My second most important reason is a concern about using plastics — not just plastics with BPA but any plastic — to store food or water that goes into my body. I have removed all kinds of plastics — including plastic shower curtains — from my home after a round of chemo and radiation in 2005. I now have a kitchen full of glass for cooking, serving and storing my food.
Economically, it made sense to find a way to avoid buying bottled water because it was an ongoing expense that never went away. The average price of the bottled water I purchased most often was $3.99 for 24 bottles. I took myself to amazon.com and immediately found glass water bottles by Aquasana. They can also be purchased direct from aquasana.com but I don’t know how the shipping rates compare as I purchased mine from amazon. Immediately after acquiring the Aquasana bottles, I stopped buying bottled water. The six bottles were $19.99 and paid for themselves after the fifth shopping trip in which I did not purchase bottled water.
I’ll admit the glass water bottles are not practical when you need a bottle-of-water-to-go because of their weight and lack of disposability but for around the house they are great. They fit easily into the dishwasher although I don’t run the lids through the dishwasher because my dishwasher doesn’t have a little hamper for things like that.
I’ll also admit that I think I would have liked them better had they been smaller and designed with a curve in the middle to make them easy to hold. As currently designed, they are awkward to hold. Lastly, they are made in China, which is a bummer for the American Worker.
If you are also concerned about using plastics in the kitchen, check out 31 ways to use mason jars.
11/5/12 UPDATE: Wal-Mart has started carrying Taste of the Islands Calypso drinks for $1.47 in GLASS bottles with a metal lid that are the same size as the Aquasana. Six of these bottles would be $8.82, an obvious savings for glass water bottles.