Saturday, April 10, 2010

Greenest Reusable Bottles, Plastic and Non-


These light but sturdy bottles, all made to be reused, will not leach toxic Bisphenol-A (BPA) or phthalates.*

Lightweight, Unlined Stainless Steel (R)

Earth Lust
Eco Canteen
Ecousable (F)
Enviro Products
Guyot Designs
Kleen Kanteen
Thermos (I)
ThinkSport (I)

Glass (R)

Living La Vida Verde
Reduce Your Footprint (RYF)

Lined Aluminum (R)

Laken **


BPA-free Plastics

Cambelbak Better Bottle, TM
Katadyn, PET, and (F) at Cabela’s, com (F)
Nalgene Everyday and Wide Mouth, TM
Nalgene Wide Mouth HDPE (R )
Novara Flowers widemouth bottle, at
Rubbermaid (PP) Chug Sport, Sippin' Sport ***
Sawyer (PET)
Somafab Crystal (PP)
Tupperware (PP) all kids' bottles; company is phasing out PC.

*Under normal use. Plastic bottles may leach chemicals if heated.
**Old aluminum bottle epoxy linings contained BPA. Bottles made since August 2008 have BPA-free poly linings.
***Choose Rubbermaid Chug & Sip bottles made with PP, not the PC ones

PET: Polyethylene (#1), most-recycled plastic
HDPE: High-Density Polyethylene (#2), widely recycled
PP: Polypropylene (#5), not widely recycled
TM: Eastman Tritan copolyester (#7)
PC: Polycarbonate #7, made with BPA.
PS: Polystyrene #6, not recycled; can leach carcinogenic styrene
PVC: Polyvinyl chloride (#), not recycled, can leach toxic phthalates and lead

F: Bottles with filters also available
I: Insulated with glass or stainless

Excerpted from my book Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices (St Martin's Press, 2010).

For more green news and product tips on food, cleaning, personal care, plastics and more, come to our home page,, where you can also send me an email and ask me questions.

Mindy Pennybacker

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