Find Out The Difference Between Stainless Steel, Copper, Titanium And Glass!
Breaking ties with single use plastic water bottles is an amazing feeling. Because consuming water out of a single use plastic bottle isn’t just horrible for the environment, it’s also harmful to the human body. When you drink out of plastic bottles, you’re ingesting an entire petrie dish of hormone-disrupting chemicals and bacteria that can wreck havock on your health.
So, let’s ditch the plastic, and invest in reusable water bottles that are 100% BPA-free, sustainable & recyclable!
Which Bottle Is Best?
Now that you’ve committed to ditch the plastic and are ready to invest in a healthier and eco-friendly alternative, which one do you choose? Which material is safest? What brand is best?
When shopping for a safe reusable water bottle, choose from either culinary-grade stainless steel, copper, titanium or glass. All four are the healthiest options in addition to being environmentally friendly, sustainable and recyclable. However, like any product, there are pros and cons—so let’s take a look those before you make an informed decision.
Stainless Steel is an iron alloy with added natural elements consisting of carbon, silicon, nitrogen, chromium, nickel and manganese. It’s incredibly durable and can insulate hot and cold liquid temperatures for up to 24 hours. Some bottles can affect the water—giving it a metallic aftertaste, but that depends. Some bottles are lined to eliminate that issue. Nonetheless, it is environmentally friendly, dishwasher safe, and does not rust.
Copper is a soft metal and an essential mineral in the human body. And there is debate over whether or not drinking from a copper vessel provides several health benefits such as boosting immune health and aiding digestion. However, one fact regarding copper holds true—it’s antibacterial. Copper kills germs and virus molecules on contact—making it a healthy metal for water storage. A con is that it’s known to “sweat”. Copper does not rust and is not dishwasher safe.
Titanium is a lustrous transition metal that’s low in density, but high in strength—resulting in a phenomenal weight to strength ratio. It’s resistant to corrosion, and is non-reactive; so it won’t leach into your liquid. With that said, it doesn’t alter the taste of water like other vessels tend to do. It is dishwasher safe (best to place on top rack due to silicon ring that keeps cap from leaking). The only con is that it’s more expensive than other bottles because of all the positive attributes.
Glass is an amorphous solid formed by rapid cooling in the molten form. And though chemical compositions may vary, a common fundamental constituent is silicon dioxide. It can be recycled endlessly and doesn’t alter the taste of liquid. Glass is dishwasher safe, but has potential to break if dropped or thrown. Luckily, some bottles come with reinforcements that prevent damage—providing lovely aesthetics.
List of Top-Notch Brands
Wondering which brand is friendly and which of their products is the best investment? Here are four top green companies and their top selling products that are worth the purchase.
Material: Food Grade 18/8 Stainless Steel, Food Grade Silicone. Cap: Sustainably Harvested Bamboo Construction.
Kleen Kanteen is one of my favorite green brands. They are incredible ethical, create environmentaly friendly products, and give back to the environment through donations.
Klean Kanteen is backed by the Klean Kanteen Strong as Steel Guarantee. You can find this particular Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Plastic Free Water Bottle with Stainless Steel and Bamboo Cap on Amazon starting at around $39.
Material: Glass with with protective silicone sleeve.
ZULU caters to fitness enthusiasts who are constantly on the go. With that said, they construct their glass bottles to take a punch—sturdy with a protective silicone sleeve. Their mission is to encourage people (especially athletes) to ditch disposables—and that makes them a green company worth supporting.
Material: 100% Pure Titanium
Vargo is the best of the best when it comes to titanium products for the outdoors. Their products are the embodiment of the term “lightweight and durable”. While you can use Titanium bottles at home, on a daily basis, they are especially convenient for outdoor recreation such as hiking, camping and climbing.
Material: 100% Pure Copper
This 30 oz copper waterbottle by BERIGORA is handcrafted by artisans and has tons of positive customer reviews. It will oxidize and patina, but that’s expected. Natural copper oxidizes. This brand does not use any harmful lacquer coating like many others do.
Now that you’re informed on four great reusable bottles and four great brands, you can make the right decision for you and your loved ones. On behalf of the green community, thank you for choosing a plastic alternative and improving the quality of life of others around you—especially our environment.