Made the switch to a reusable water bottle yet?
In many countries we do have safe drinking water from tap, but many people still buy plastic bottled water. Why? I don´t know. I actually drank from tap and refilled my reusable water bottle from tap, long before I even heard about how bad plastic is. It was easy, cheaper, and tasty... Let's take a look at some plastic bottle facts and why we are better off by buying a reusable water bottle.
The solution is easy. Use a reusable bottle and get refills along the day. You will safe a lot of money and plastic trash and if you use a glass, stainless steel or BPA free bottle it is healthier for you too.
If you happen to live or travel to a country where tap water is not safe to drink, there are options like filter bottles, filter for the tap, reusable 5 gallon water container, etc. You can get more tips in my Blog Post here-> Refuse single use plastic bottles while traveling.
In countries with safe tap water you will find refill options everywhere or you can refill from a normal tap.
There are more and more apps coming and showing you where to find a refill station near you.
When I traveled South East Asia I started to become aware about the worlds extreme plastic consumption and pollution and tried to immediately cut down single use plastic. We reused our single use plastic bottles at refill stations until I read that you actually shouldn't reuse the single used plastic bottles at all. They are made for single use and if you use them more often it's actually more likely they will leach toxins into your drinks. Plastic is more likely to leach toxins when getting in contact with hot food or drinks, and if you leave your bottle in the sun, it's the same problem. Since then I always use my stainless steel bottle (or water-to-go bottle when traveling).
It is insane how many plastic bottles get littered in countries without a deposit. I can remember when I drove by bus from one European country to another, that the second we crossed the border I could easily see which one has a bottle deposit. On one side, no bottles on the streets/grass, on the other side: littered bottles on too many places.
Why switch from single use Plastic Water Bottles to Glass Water Bottles?
I traveled through Europe with a 500ml Glass juice bottle I bought somewhere in a supermarket and refilled it over and over again... I found it actually way easier to find drinks in glass bottles in supermarkets in northern Europe and Mexico than in any part of the U.S. or Canada.
I honestly love to drink out of glass. It is definitely my favorite when it comes to drinks. At home I would only use glass jugs and cups. However I like to travel with a stainless steel bottle, because it is safer and my boyfriend can play along with his bottle on walks and isn't destroying anything ;)
5 reasons why a Stainless Steel Water Bottle is better than a single use plastic one:
When it comes to refusing/avoiding single use plastic bottles (weather it my be because of health concerns (BPA) or because you want to avoid plastic trash) you can chose between glass or stainless steel water bottles**. Let's take a look why stainless steel is better than plastic:
Since a few month's I carry my stainless steel bottle with me already. During the first few days I had a problem with the taste. I found it tasted a little weird...but I got used to it quickly, and now I carry it with me all the time. Saving approximately 90 plastic bottles a month and a lot of money too (lets say 1 L of water costs you 1$/€ this bottle is saving me approx. 90 bucks a month!!!
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Hi my name is Jule
I am a nature and ocean lover. A passionate runner and minimalistic traveller. On this blog I share my experiences, thoughts and ideas about the "sustainable lifestyle" and how you can stick to this while traveling.
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