SIGG-nificant Debate

Klean Kanteen

If you’re like many people trying to make green choices, you’ve stopped buying water bottles and are using your tap instead. But the big debate right now is: what’s the best way to transport that water?

The idea that standard water bottles (with a #1 recycling code) shouldn’t be re-used has been around for quite some time. The potential of bacteria getting inside (in combination with a small neck that doesn’t allow proper cleaning) has made most people recommend to not re-use these types of bottles. (Just ask Heloise.)

In comes Nalgene who has been around since 1949. Their water bottles used to be most popular with outdoor enthusiasts, but have been seen in the hands of more and more people who are trying to kick the water bottle habit. They even teamed up with Brita in the Filter For Good campaign to reduce water bottle waste. However, as concerns continued to grow about the Bisphenol A (BPA) that was being used in them, Nalgene has finally issued a statement that they will phase out production of consumer bottles containing BPA and will instead offer a BPA free substitute with many of the same properties. (One such company that already does this is Camelbak.)

Want to avoid plastic altogether? You can get a Klean Kanteen (pictured above) or SIGG. However, even the integrity of those can be questioned, as noted in this article on Treehugger.com.

Now what? There is no doubt in my mind that the great water bottle debate will continue to be in the news as more people demand better products. Stay tuned.

Posted in Living Green by Rhaya on April 28, 2008 | Permalink | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “SIGG-nificant Debate

  1. Amanda says:

    I love Klean Kanteen, I use mine all the time. And it seems like a good choice: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/01/kleen_kanteen.php

  2. sue bette says:

    Thanks for the update on the Sigg bottle – it is something I have been wondering about and after just buying a Sigg for a friend’s toddler I feel a bit better!

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