Reusable bottles make it easy for us to stay hydrated on the go and the best way to keep healthy is staying hydrated throughout the day. So we need a way to keep hydrated and fill up during the day what’s better than using reusable bottles. Reusable bottles with new shapes, colors, and patterns offer us to make fashion and lifestyle statement and also cut down on the disposable plastic use. Carrying your water bottle to your meetings, gym, and even when traveling abroad makes it easy and has more sense than buying a single-use plastic bottle every time you feel thirsty or if you are in a new place. Now, you may be thinking about what is the better choice when it comes to choosing a reusable bottle whether its glass, steel, or plastic. Well each of the three materials carries their advantages and disadvantages. From manufacturing to usage it has its causes and impact on the environment but far more friendly than single usage bottles.

Steel :

Most metal water bottles are made of stainless steel or aluminum. Stainless steel water bottles have a lot to offer in terms of not having things leach into the water.

Steel bottles are more durable when compared to both glass and plastic bottles and have a longer life. Steel bottles may be recycled as well which is not possible in the case of plastic bottles. Stainless steel water bottles help you to keep the water icy cold for a longer time than any other type of water bottle. When the bottles are made up of culinary material, lead-free steel you wont have to worry about chemicals leaching into the water. Steel water bottles have can be safely kept in contact with drinking water. Steel bottles also have the advantages of being shatterproof and durable to high temperatures. When choosing a steel water bottle you will have to be careful and check it thoroughly and make sure that steel is not only on the outer surface with plastic in the inner surface, you have to make sure that there is steel in the inner surface as well to keep your water from chemicals leaching into it and keeping it colder for longer time intervals.

On the con side some users report finding a taste of metal in their water which would be a result of using cheap quality steel inside the bottles. Steel bottles also tend to cost more when compared to glass or plastic bottles. If you are looking to buy a steel water bottle you may want to look for a lead-free, stainless marked grade bottle which indicates 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel contents in them.

Glass :

Glass bottles have been the choice of many people to store their food and liquids as things you eat or drink from glass vessels taste better. If taste and purity are your main concern you should be looking for glass bottles to keep your water fresh and tasty at all times. Glass bottles have flavor advantages and they are also chemical-free, easily washable, and recyclable. When buying glass bottles you may want to look for options made up of borosilicate as its stronger, lighter and can handle higher temperatures than typical glass. You may also want to make sure that your glass bottle is lead and cesium free. Glass bottles do not leach when left in the sun or heat and its a better option if you are going to stay outdoors for a longer time. Glass bottles are non-permeable and wont absorb color odor or taste and that is the reason why spirits and wine are stored in glass bottles because of the purity of taste. Glass bottles are made up of sand, limestone which would not degrade over time. They could also be used to store other liquids other than water without effecting the material or absorbing tastes and odor. Glass is 100 percent recyclable and could be recycled without loss in purity and quantity. Glass could be recycled in less than 30 days, unlike steel or plastic which are more time consuming or not recyclable at all.

The disadvantage of glass bottles is that they are could be shattered easily and are very fragile. Glass bottles tend to cost more too when compared to stainless steel or plastic bottles. Many public places like gyms, hiking trails, schools/colleges, and other venues often restrict the use of glass bottles because of their fragility.

Plastic :

Plastic water bottles weigh less making them a natural choice when you are on the go. Plastic bottles also tend to cost less when compared to stainless steel or glass bottles. Plastic bottles had a negative past for containing Bisphenol-A (BPA) a chemical that causes cancer but fortunately companies nowadays are producing BPA-free bottles since 2010. Plastic bottles are considered more when compared to glass because they are shattered proof and don’t break on falling and they also weigh less when compared to glass bottles. Also plastic bottles come in different shapes, sizes, and colors which an attention seeker in today’s market. The tough build of the plastic bottles makes it easier to pack and move not worrying about them breaking into pieces. Manufacturing plastic bottles take up less energy as they have lower melting points when compared to glass or steel.

On the other hand, there are several cons of using plastic bottles starting from them not being recyclable and they can not be disposed of without being harmful to the environment. Plastic bottles have chemicals like Bisphenol-A(BPA), Phthalates, and many others which can cause serious health problems like cancer. Bottles made up of plastic leach chemicals in the water when exposed to the sun or heat or when the bottle turns old.

Concluding I would advise you to go with stainless steel or aluminum bottles which are more durable and protective when compared to glass or plastic bottles. Steel bottles also keep the water cold just the way you like it to be on a summer afternoon when the sun is soaring hot above your head and it keeps water colder for longer time intervals when compared to glass or plastic bottles, steel bottles are more durable too and can withstand high temperatures with leaching chemicals into the water.

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