I have known for awhile that glass water bottles were out there but up until I got a Lifefactory Glass Bottle recently, I had never tried one. I love that plastic is now becoming taboo and that stainless and glass are the hot new items. I breastfed my babes so I never got to try the newer glass baby bottles but I guess having a grown up glass bottle kind of makes up for that. ;) Just like the baby bottles, these reusable glass water bottles are made of heavy duty glass that will not break easily and they have a silicone sleeve to offer even more protection.
So how does it kick plastic bottle booty? Well it is BPA , phthalate, PVC, and polycarbonate free of course but the glass is also sustainable and recyclable. The silicone sleeve is free of plastics and 100% non-toxic. The cap is the only plastic part, which is okay by me. It is really sturdy and makes carrying the bottle very easy when you are hiking and walking… which is where this bottle will be going more often than not.
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Is it better than metal? Well I don’t know about that. I would say it is an even match. With so many of the metal water bottles an epoxy liner is used on the inside. Some manufacturers swear it is free of harmful chemicals and others don’t say either way. There is the possibility for leaching and we don’t have to worry about that with glass. Metal often has a plastic cap too. Both can be equally attractive and functional. So I guess it is a wash.
I love the design of this bottle, the carrying handle on the cap, and the wide mouth. You can also put hot or cold beverages in this so it would be good for your cold water or your hot tea. That may make glass slightly more practical in winter. It is that issue in fact that has made me prefer plastic over steel for winter and winter camping. When you have to sleep with your bottle to keep it from freezing you don’t want to be hugging on a metal bottle. ;) And I do the winter hiking series put on by the Columbus Metro Parks each winter too. This glass bottle would be good for my winter hikes… which I am REALLY looking forward to.
These bottles are available at Amazon.
Saturday, August 28th, 2010