Saturday, March 1, 2008

A clean canteen

Make: Klean Kanteen
Model: Stainless Steel bottle
Size: 18oz
Color: Silver
Part: K18PPS
MSRP: $16.95
Paid: $16.95
Made in: China (Responsibly)

Date purchased: 3/1/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: I use to own a Nalgene. Like most people who drink a lot of water and enjoy the outdoors, the iconic Nalgene was always the obvious choice for staying hydrated. I have been reading a lot in the past year about these polycarbonate bottles and their potential to leach Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxin known to cause brain damage and cancer, into the water that you drink. This is amplified when exposed to heat and or abrasion caused by washing them. The amount and severity is debated by different studies, however any amount of a toxic chemical is more than I want to ingest. Thankfully mine was stolen and needed to be replaced. My office has a refrigerator stocked with beverages for all of the employees and the number of plastic bottles they go through daily is staggering. I have been drinking tap water from a glass, but between the dust falling from our ceiling rafters and flying Nerf footballs, it was no longer a safe option. I also like carrying water with me between destinations, so I needed something to prevent me from buying bottled water. The Klean Kanteen, from my research, is the best option for avoiding BPA as well as buying something that can be easily recycled when it reaches the end of it's long life. The bottle is made of stainless steel, is easy to rinse out after uses to avoid bacteria build up, and it has no coatings or resin's that can potentially leach chemicals into your water. It also maintains a crisp clean taste, unlike plastic bottles. I was also looking at Sigg, which are beautifully designed, but are lined with some kind of resin. Their website assures that the resin is FDA approved and will not leach, but I'd rather not take the chance. So for once, design takes a back seat.

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