If you're freaked out by BPAs, worried about the environment (Americans waste around 38 million plastic bottles every year), or just not into drinking from a plastic bottle for whatever reason, fear not. A growing number of reusable bottles are sport-friendly without using plastic.
Check out the video above to learn about BPAs and why it's important to chose BPA-free water bottles.
They're not all a good fit for every activity—a glass bottle is a bad idea if you're a bicyclist)—but the six bottles described below are excellent alternatives to the plastic water bottle.
Contigo AutoSpout Sheffield
Made of stainless steel, the Sheffield has vacuum insulation to keep your drink cold for hours. A touch-button spout makes it easy to drink one-handed. The spout shield keeps it clean when not in use, and a top handle facilitates ergonomic transport. The Sheffield is also slim enough to fit in car cup holders.
SIGG Traveller Touch
Sigg's signature light 1-liter bottle is crafted from a single piece of high-grade aluminum and is 100% water tight. BPA- and phthalate-free, the inner layer is acid-resistant and flavorless. A simple screw cap covers a narrow opening for drinking without spillage.
The S'well is a double-walled stainless steel bottle that is non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA-free. Designed to hold hot or cold beverages, it keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12. S'Well bottles do not condensate. They comes in 9- and 17-ounce sizes and in several exterior finishes with unique grips—such as "stone," "wood," and "satin."
Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel
"The Original" stainless steel water bottle is made from 18/8-grade stainless steel. Free of BPA and phthalates, it has an 1.75-inch opening to allow for ice cubs, and it's easy to drink from. Klean Kanteens are lightweight and durable. They come in 18- and 27-ounce sizes, are dishwasher-safe, and have a slim design that allows them to fit in bike cages and cup holders. You can choose the "sport cap," a silicone spout with a "25% higher [water] flow rate" or the more classic and leakproof "loop cap."
$19.95 (27 oz), KleanKanteen.com
Life Factory Glass Bottle With Flip Cap and Silicone Sleeve
For those who are sensitive to a metallic taste, this glass bottle is a great alternative. The Flip Cap bottle from LifeFactory has a narrow-mouth spout for on-the-go drinking and comes in 12-, 16- and 22-ounce sizes. Yes, there is some plastic involved—the protective sleeve is made of medical-grade silicone and the cap is polypropylene—but both materials are BPA- and phthalate-free.
CamelBak Eddy Stainless Insulated
This half-liter, dishwasher-safe, stainless steel bottle is double-walled and vacuum sealed to keep water cool and prevent condensation from forming on the outside. With no lining inside, its wide mouth opening makes it easy to clean, and a "big bite" valve permits easy sipping.
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