Aluminum Water Bottles and Plastic Liners
As with everything in this world, there are pros and cons of even the best of products. Safe Water Bottles prides itself on giving our readers honest and upfront information about the many safe alternatives to single-use water bottles and BPA containing reusable water bottles.
Aluminum water bottles are a lightweight and reusable option among metal water bottles. They are available from many distributors both online and in stores, in a variety of sizes and colors.
They fall into the same category as Nalgene Water Bottles as they are durable and long lasting in nature aside from having size, shape and color to suit the convenience of the masses at large but while other water bottles are heavy in size, their lightweight model and reusability are their biggest asset.
Most aluminum water bottles have liners which prevent any leaching of the aluminum into the beverage it contains. If the aluminum container isn’t lined, it should be scrutinized very closely, and most times avoided, as exposure to aluminum has been conclusively linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Many unlined bottles when tested in laboratory settings were shown to leach more than twice the amount of harmful chemicals into its contents than was considered acceptable for human consumption.
However, even if an aluminum water bottle has a liner, the consumer needs to be aware that these plastic liners may contain BPA, which, can still leach into the drink, ultimately nullifying the claim of it being a safe water bottle. There are manufacturers of aluminum bottles that use a water based, non-toxic coating which accomplishes the goal of keeping the bottle lightweight, and safe to drink from.
Aluminum water bottles are lightweight in nature, which is great, but they can be damaged more easily than some other metal water bottles. When an aluminum bottle becomes damaged, it is very important to ensure that the lining has not been broken in any way. If the lining is damaged, it can no longer protect from the aluminum shell leaching into the contents, and contaminating it. In this case, the bottle should be disposed of immediately as it could be unsafe. Even when this happens, rest assured that many of these bottles are 100% recyclable, and can be remade into new, reusable safe water bottles!
Even with a few seeming drawbacks to their design, aluminum water bottles are still an excellent alternative to single-use water bottles, and plastic bottles that can leach BPA into the liquid inside. It accomplishes the goal of cutting down on personal waste. The numbers are staggering. According to an article on www.statenews.com, “An estimated 36.4 million plastic water bottles are sold each year, but only 12 percent are recycled!” If each person consumed one 12 pack of water a week, they would be throwing away 624 bottles a year! Multiply that by a family of four, and you’re looking at 2,496 bottles wasting away in a landfill. They can’t even be recycled into more plastic bottles, so much of the time, the landfill is where they remain.
Safe Water Bottles encourages all of its readers to share their knowledge of the benefits of metal water bottles to others in order to increase awareness of the importance of BPA free materials and their use in creating safer alternatives to plastic single-use and reusable bottles made from polycarbonates.