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What is the best material to drink from?

Asked by playthebanjo (2949points) May 12th, 2008

Now that the translucent Nalgenes leech BPA, and the PETE bottles are not getting recycled in great enough percentages, and ceramic generally can’t be recycled, what is a portable container alternative? Stainless steel and Aluminum I have seen, but most of the time they have narrow necks that make them hard to clean! Any thoughts???

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iwamoto's avatar

i just drink from the packaging, wich is mostly the..cardboard packaging?

Zaku's avatar


playthebanjo's avatar

Sorry, but…

(from Wikipedia) Lead crystal and food safety

It has been proposed that the historic association of gout with the upper classes in Europe and America was, in part, caused by their extensive use of lead crystal decanters to store fortified wines and whisky.[1] Lin, et al. have statistical evidence linking gout to lead poisoning [2]
Significant amounts of lead can migrate from lead crystal containers into beverages stored in them.[3] Lead crystal typically contains 24–35 percent lead oxide. In a study performed at North Carolina State University, the amount of lead migration was measured for port wine stored in lead crystal decanters. After two days, lead levels were 89 µg/L (micrograms per liter). After four months, lead levels were between 2,000 and 5,000 µg/L. White wine doubled its lead content within an hour of storage and tripled it within four hours. Some brandy stored in lead crystal for over five years had lead levels around 20,000 µg/L.[4][5] To put this into perspective, EPA’s lead standard for drinking water is 15 µg/L = 15ppb.[6] Citrus juices and infant formula leach lead from crystal just as effectively as alcoholic beverages. Several companies do make lead crystal baby bottles and it is suspected they may present a health danger to infants.[7]

Les's avatar

What’s the problem with using PETE bottles? As long as you recycle it, there shouldn’t be an issue. Or do you mean for mass production, what material should companies use? Personally, I think that there will always be a lot of wasteful people out there. But if you do your part, then don’t worry.

playthebanjo's avatar

You are right, as long as I recycle it…but it doesn’t even end there, does it? When the resources that it takes to recycle it cost more than the resources it takes to make it, isn’t there a net loss? lol I do realize that there are other reasons for recycling…I just wish that industries gave more thought than “cost of production” when they decide what to put their products in. Maybe a pipe dream.

Les's avatar

Yeah, I know what you mean. What really boils my cabbage is when I go to the recycling bins and people have thrown things in there that don’t belong. Then the recycling company just gets rid of the whole lot. I try not to think about it, though. Instead, I do things I know I can control: using re-usable grocery bags, riding my bike, etc. You know what you could do with the aluminum bottles? Get one of those beaker/test tube cleaning brushes (a new one, of course), and swish that around in there. Lol. I know, it is ridiculous.

playthebanjo's avatar

It is a bit ridiculous, but that is the only was to get it clean…bc when you put it in the dishwasher, the opening is too small for the accumulated water to get out and it sits in there! lol. I saw a PETE nalgene today…I looked on the bottom…it said “do not wash in dishwasher”. ARGH!

Glad there is at least one like minded jellyfish in the collective. LOL

ezraglenn's avatar

I have a SIGG and it is wonderful.

delirium's avatar

I love my SIGG as well. They come in absolutely DARLING designs, too.

playthebanjo's avatar

Do the designs on the SIGG bottles wear off?

ezraglenn's avatar

I have had mine for a few months, and the design looks like it did when I bought it. It also GLOWS IN THE DARK which I didnt even know until I bought it and turned the lights off and it glowed. amazing.
My friends who have had theirs for longer have some minor scratches in the design, but it doesnt really take away from the effect.

Zaku's avatar

How about porcelain or ceramic or glass that you keep?

gailcalled's avatar

You can buy pint-sized glass canning jars w. wide mouths and lids. Easy to clean in dishwasher, and lids are replaceable. But, glass breaks when dropped, of course. I keep all dried grains, dried fruit, pasta, etc. in these since I was invaded by moths that turned into little white worms (when I was using plastic containers.)

judochop's avatar

glass is the best. Hands down. Second is stainless steel

boffin's avatar

Somebody’s way to paranoid….

playthebanjo's avatar

Here is what I am thinking about: Anyone have any experiences with these?

ezraglenn's avatar


playthebanjo's avatar

Right, but it’s my understanding that the teflon liner is on the outside, like the glass is encased in a teflon liner, so if you dropped it it would lessen thee chance of breakage and make it easier to grip. Still cancer?

ezraglenn's avatar

I meant the cap. The cap has teflon liner.

buster's avatar

a baby bottle.

xacrox's avatar

#1 pewter! Or lead iron!, #2 human skulls (cause that’s metal as eff)!, realistically in latin America they recycle the glass bottles used for coke, pepsi, beer and wash them out then refill and recap and it seems to work splendid. And its pretty cool cause you see really old bottles still in use. However with our greediness as Americans we can’t drink
something that doesn’t have an amazing packing design. Ugh, we are hopeless.

spicemice's avatar

I go with sippy cup so plastic i guess.

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