Sustainability: Water Bottles

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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 and immediately found glass water bottles by Aquasana. They can also be purchased direct from 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.

7 thoughts on “Sustainability: Water Bottles”

  1. It would have been better if they were designed with a curve in the middle like you mentioned. I do like the tops on them. I imagine they would be heavy to carry on a hiking trip. Are they 16 ounce bottles?
    Sorry to hear that you had to have chemo treatment in 2005. No fun, but you seem to be doing much better now.

  2. I find the quality of most things made in China suspect, especially if it involves anything that might work its way into my body. A bigger question for me, though, is: how does the water taste? A cancer/chemo/radiation survivor myself, I use less plastic but I also wonder what might be in our water. After all, if you can smell lawn chemicals in the water in Spring, you wonder about all the medicines and chemicals that get flushed through our pipes (community “our”) every day. When my husband was receiving chemotherapy, he was treated with a bacteria and for the first several trips to the bathroom after a treatment, he/we had to pour a cup of bleach into the toilet for 1/2 hour before we could flush as a precautionary measure. Makes one wonder. I DO applaud your green efforts, though.

    1. Richelle — I have to agree with you about the quality of Made in China products AND the loss of jobs to American Workers so I try to avoid purchasing Chinese products as much as possible. The Aquasana bottles were the only affordable glass water bottles. There were others out there that were $19.99 EACH. The Aquasana bottles have an odd wave in them. I can’t decide if it’s an intentional design or poor manufacturing. The Aquasana bottles do not affect taste. How could anything leach out of GLASS? Our world has become so toxic, including what they choose to do to us to “cure” cancer, that all we can do is TRY to keep ourselves healthy.

      1. I agree that glass water bottles ARE expensive and probably nothing could leach out of glass but I can be a great worrier. In this case, however, I wondered how your tap water tasted as opposed to bottled water. Where I live, the tap water leaves much to be desired in the taste department.

  3. What a great post. I remember growing up there was very little plastic anything in our lives. We drank water from the tap (which was from the rainwater tank) out of glasses. We had a glass jug in the fridge for cold water. Our milk came in glass bottles and so did the soft drink we occasionally drank. I remember my old Granny saying that she didn’t trust plastic!! Seemed like an odd thing to say, well to the ears of a child it seemed odd, but maybe she was wiser than I thought!

    1. Hi Bernie! Granny was right. In the last 5 years, I have read so many articles about the dangers of plastics — how they alter our natural hormones and cause cancer. I, too, grew up in the days when milk was delivered in glass bottles, and we each had our own water jug in the ‘fridge, nor did we drink Coca-Cola like it was water.

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