Why use glass water bottles? Because much of the plastic we use for food containers and bottled water is made from dangerous chemicals. The problem being that over time they can escape into food and liquid. If you’ve ever put anything into a plastic container that had held say onions for example, you’ll quickly learn this basic concept. Your food will take on the flavor of onions. (I can verify that onion flavored cake is not all that great.) If you drink water regularly, which you should, you might consider tossing the plastic bottles and switching to glass.
Plastics made from polycarbonate resin, which a great many are, can leach bisphenol-A (BPA), a strong endocrine disrupter, into its contents. Studies show that BPA negatively affects reproductive organs, such as the breasts and prostate, as well as causing potential heart problems. As a side note BPA is also used in the protective coatings that line the inside of many metallic beverage containers.
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Reasons Why Glass Water Bottles are Better
- Water in glass tastes better because it’s non-permeable and won’t absorb color or odor.
- Plastic is bad for the earth. It takes over 500 years for plastic bottles to break down.
- Glass is BPA free.
- Glass can be washed and used repeatedly saving money over time.
- Glass can be used for hot or cold drinks.
- Glass maintains the temperature much more effectively than plastic.
You can use glass bottles from things purchased at the store after they are emptied, or purchase special bottles for this purpose. My favorite choice for drinking around the house is a pint or quart canning jar. If you’re concerned about breakage just use thicker glass bottles that are resistant to breaking. Many water bottles you purchase come with sleeves to prevent breakage if dropped.