There are many options when searching
for a quality water bottle.
Plastics may be convenient but even BPA-free plastic is ...well - Still plastic. Heat from the sun can cause who-knows-what to leach into your drinking water from a plastic bottle. One year while on a road trip, Zuki had a plastic bottle of water sitting in the cup holder of the car all day, after taking a few mouthfuls he became very ill and it was at this point we never drank water from plastic again.
Stainless is a good option but I find if water is sitting in it long enough, it leaves a metallic taste on the water. All stainless steel is not without it's problems either, some stainless steel, depending on the grade, can leach iron, chromium, nickel, manganese and possibly other alloys. While still much safer than plastic, some grades of stainless can leave a metallic taste behind, indicating metals leaching into your water. Here's a great article explaining stainless steel grades and possible leaching.
Quality glass is by far the safest for carrying your drinking water. Glass can break so finding a good quality glass bottle with some sort of protection against breaking is essential. I started searching for the perfect glass bottle and found Bottles-Up Glass.
These artisan glass water bottles are not only a safe choice for carrying your filtered water, these beautiful glass bottles lovingly designed by Laurel Herter are also stunning pieces of art. Check out the video of how their bottles are made.
Here is the one I was sent for review:
I love this bottle, while it's a bit large and heavy for taking in your hand on a walk, it's perfect for taking in your vehicle without having to worry about the heat of the sun causing anything to leach. It also fits into a water bottle holder on a bike and should work fine if you are carrying it in your backpack.
This would be a fantastic back-to-school gift for any university or high-school student.
The 22 ounce Glass bottle is protected by 4 colorful rings of surgical grade silicone along with a matching cap. You can purchase the rings in 4 different colors and they are interchangeable so for a truly unique bottle you can mix and match your own colors.
If you're looking for a great safe glass water bottle then check out Bottles Up Glass. They also offer custom orders for businesses with your logo, monograms and more.
*This company provided me with a free sample of this product to review, I was under no obligation to write a review nor was I paid for my opinion. I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.