Glass water bottles are becoming more and more popular as people become aware of the environmental and health dangers of plastic. Even still, the average American uses 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycles 38% of those.
According to the American Water Works Association, almost two-thirds of all bottled water sales are single 16.9 oz bottles – making the cost around $7.50 per gallon. That is nearly 2,000 times the cost of a gallon of tap water – which is only $0.004 a gallon – and twice the cost of a gallon of regular gasoline.
The cost of a good water filter and glass water bottles is looking pretty good after seeing that figure, right?
So how do you choose a good glass water bottle?
One of the reasons glass water bottles are popular is because they don’t accrue lingering buildup, odors or residue. However, when it comes to glass, quality does matter.
Purchasing glass products that are made in China comes with a risk as some imported glass has been shown to contain cadmium or lead, particularly when enamel or paint is involved (source). It’s best to look for a company that manufactures their products in a safer environment with more regulations like North America.
BottlesUp is one company making beautiful glass water bottles that are free of known toxins such as Bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and polycarbonates. In addition, glass is the most environmentally responsible choice.
The glass water bottles from BottlesUp are made in North America from 75% recycled glass with food-grade silicone caps and rings. The bottles are made by skilled glass craftspeople in Mexico and the food-grade silicone accessories are produced in Maine. The bottles are handcrafted using a semi-automatic process giving each bottle its own texture and style, which is different from most glass water bottles.
There is absolutely no plastic in the bottles or even in the recyclable packaging. So if you’re living a plastic free life you can ensure you’re supporting a product with an extremely low carbon footprint.
The midsection taper and silicone rings offer more than a beautiful style. They also serve a function – to allow you to more easily and comfortably hold the bottle. It’s designed to be sturdy and hold up with everyday usage.
Visit the BottlesUp website to learn more about the company or pick up a stylish glass water bottle.
Images courtesy of BottlesUp.