What You Need to Know About Water Bottles

by Hillary Brown 7. June 2011 11:55

Who knows what’s PC anymore when it comes to water bottles? Are all plastic water bottles bad? What about those stainless steel bottles – do they make the water taste funny? Isn’t bottled water safer than tap water? What about the cost of each?

Exhausted from all the question-asking and receiving less than fulfilling answers, you finally settle for buying a flat of 35 plastic water bottles from your favorite wholesale company.

Here are the facts:

Drinking bottled water increases waste. It’s estimated that Americans throw away 2.5 million water bottles every hour. Even though many people recycle, the recycling rate for plastic water bottles is estimated to be around 27%. That means that the majority of plastic bottles produced end up in landfills or water systems. 

Reusing a disposable plastic water bottle is another route you can take. However, some believe that if these water bottles are reused multiple times, bacteria and chemicals from the plastic can seep into the water. It might be easier, but in the long run, reusing disposable plastic water bottles and then recycling only presents more problems.

Bottled water isn’t safer than tap water. According to foodandwaterwatch.com, tap water is actually more strictly regulated than bottled water and in 2009, most bottled water came from tap water supplies (Bottled Water – Illusions of Purity). With a good filter, your tap water could be that much better than bottled water.

Drinking tap water is a lot cheaper than drinking bottled water. When you buy the 35 water bottle flat, you spend about $0.95 per gallon. Water from the tap costs about $0.002 per gallon. There’s no question that tap water is a better deal than even the cheapest bottled water.

Thankfully, like many Green things, reducing this plastic water bottle waste and reducing the cost of water for your household is pretty easy. 

What are your options?

Start using an environmentally friendly reusable water bottle.


  • Reusable water bottles cut down on waste
  • Reusable water bottles are most cost efficient
  • Reusable water bottles last longer
  • Reusable water bottles are safe for the environment if chosen wisely

Plastic Water Bottles

Not all plastic water bottles are bad for the environment! There are some great environmentally friendly plastic options if you don’t want to use a stainless steel bottle.

BPA free plastic bottles are better for the environment and for you. For those of you worried about having to give up your cool, colored Nalgene, don’t worry! There are BPA free options for those too. These BPA free plastic bottles are great because they’re lightweight, but also strong and flexible. They also come in many different colors and are easily customizable.

Biodegradable plastic water bottles are also an option. The biodegradable sports bottle we offer on our website is made in the USA from biodegradable plastic. The simple, sports bottle design is lightweight and easy to carry around. It’s a great alternative to older versions of reusable plastic bottles.

Green Benefits offers multiple design options for BPA free and biodegradable plastic water bottles.

Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Although there are some good plastic water bottles out there, stainless steel water bottles are widely regarded as the most cost effective, green water bottle. A custom stainless steel water bottle will last you for life and presents no health risks or risks to the environment. There are many different design options and sizes to choose from. Check out these stainless steel water bottles from Green Benefits. They can be custom imprinted too, perfect for your next promotional give away or green fundraiser.



So next time you're at the store and tempted to buy yet another disposable plastic water bottle, think again and think green instead.


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