As a part of an eco-travel travel consortium, I get asked a lot “what is the eco-friendliest water bottle to travel with?” I often replied “SIGG bottles.”
For the purpose of this article, I will give the reason for my answer.
Depending on which side you are on, plastic bottles contain industrial chemical(s) that can be harmful to our health, or not. It is however agreed by all parties that Bisphenol A (BPA) used to hardened plastics are found in some plastic water bottles. But this is where the agreeing ends.
Chemicals in the plastics, including BPA can seep into the bottled water. “According to CBC News, Canada banned the use of BPA in October 2008 so the full health effects could be explored further. Bottles containing BPA are also prohibited in Japan, according to Scientific American, though as of 2010 they are still widely used in the United States and other parts of the world.” —livestrong.com
In 2012, Forbes.com published an article “Bisphenol A (BPA) Found Not Harmful, Yet Again — So Why Did So Many Reporters and NGOs Botch Coverage, Yet Again?” In the piece, Jon Entine seems to staunchly defended the use of BPA in products. Among other things he wrote “BPA, they claim, is one chemical in a rogue’s gallery that includes the common weed killer atrazine, plasticizer phthalates and chemicals used to produce resins and detergents”. He attested to the harmlessness of BPA.
As much as I possibly can, I tend to go for things that are free of toxic chemicals and eco-friendly.
To produce each bottle, it requires a staggering 3-4 times more the amount of water that is contained within the bottle itself. The oil percentage in bottles accumulate to millions of barrels annually. The energy cost and CO2 to bottle water is 2000 times higher than the use of tap water. And what do we do with those bottles when we are done with them? We toss them. And in many cases they end up in our oceans, drains, and landfills. In fact, we are drowning in plastic, take for example the existence of the The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
So why do I recommend SIGG bottles you might ask?
SIGG bottles are free of Bisphenol A (BPA), and are reusable. SIGG bottles come in stainless steel, aluminum, glass, and polypropylene, and are designed for cold and hot beverages, liquid. Know that there are some imitation products out there, some of these are made in China so be careful when making your purchase.
SIGG said this about their products “Our bottles stand for tradition, Swiss quality and high safety standards: All SIGG bottles are 100% free of EA (Estrogenic Activity), BPA, BPF, BPS, Phthalates, PVC or polycarbonates. SIGG products not only comply with all existing regulations around the world but undergo additional rigorous testing by independent test laboratories to certify that each bottle meets the SIGG quality standards.”
Article by: Natalie Jansen, L’ EcoResorts