We know that plastic water bottles are bad, right? We use them once and then get rid of them — hopefully by recycling, but not always. Unfortunately, it takes a ton of water to even produce a plastic water bottle, and despite our best intentions, they often end up in our environment anyway, refusing to decompose, polluting our water and making life hard for animals and potentially people. According to a Frontiers in Chemistry study, about 93 percent of bottled water contains microplastics (small pieces of plastic debris less than five millimeters in size). And while scientists don’t yet know the long-term impact this can have on humans, drinking plastic is definitely something I will be trying to avoid at all costs.
We also know that staying hydrated is important for human health, especially as it gets warmer outside to prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion. One simple way we can take action — for the planet and for ourselves — is to commit to reusable water bottles. And with so many fantastic options on the market, it’s easier than ever. Whether you want a glass bottle option, prefer to stick with stainless steel or are looking for something a little fancier, there’s something for everyone.
There are even brightly-colored reusable options and some with a convenient lid handle, making it perfect for bringing with you on-the-go. If you need some help deciding your go-to reusable bottle, don’t worry, we’ve collected some of the best reusable, Earth-friendly water bottles on the market to quench your thirst and help Mother Nature.
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A version of this article was originally published in 2018.