Bottled water has been getting a well-deserved bad rap these days. Bottled water is shipped a long way at considerable cost in terms of the production of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
The plastic bottles are wasteful. Even though many municipalities recycle them, recycling takes energy and plastics can only be recycled a few times before they have to go to landfill (unlike glass or metal).
There is also a growing concern over the leaching of carcinogens into water from the plastic bottles. This concern applies equally to reusable water bottles and to other drinks packaged in plastic.
Bottled water is only required to be as good as tap water, not better and much of what is sold is just filtered tap water. So why not filter your own tap water, sourced in your own bioregion, and bring it with you in a non-reactive stainless steel water bottle that can be used and re-used for generations.
Klean Kanteen, pictured above, makes stainless steel water bottles in assorted sizes. They are designed to fit into standard water bottle carriers. These bottles come with your choice of sport-top or simple screw top. It is also possible to fit certain sippy-cup lids onto these bottles. All lids and bottle sizes are available at Arbour Environmental Shoppe. However, they sell out almost as soon as they are in stock, so you might want to phone ahead. Also be prepared to pay more for a stainless steel water bottle than for a plastic one. The cost evens out in the end though because you’ll never have to replace your metal bottle.
Arbour Environmental Shoppe, 800 Bank Street, Ottawa, K1S 3V8, 613-567-3168