Sunday, June 7, 2009

Stainless steel water bottles to replace plastic

It is WAAYYY too nice for me to be inside working today, but alas I am. I have one last weekend of internship homework to complete before I'm done FOR-EVER! Yay!

I did manage to get in a good, yet short, mountain bike ride this morning, but now I'm back at the grind.

In any matter: in relation to my previous posts about the nastiness of plastic water bottles, there are a few people wondering what they should use instead.

Pictured here is one of my favorite options: Kleen Kanteen water bottles. I have a few of these bottles, so I'm always with protected water. This company is just awesome, not just because they make these stainless steel water bottles, but because they are so eco-friendly and wonderful. Check out this quote for example, from their website:

"In addition to including environmental and fair labor consciousness in our business practices, we partner with local, national, and international organizations to support efforts toward health, clean drinking water, and protecting the environment. In 2008, Klean Kanteen became a member of 1% for the Planet, committing to donation of at least 1% of our annual sales to non-profits working to protect and promote the wellness of this one great Earth."

To ensure your tap water is safe, you can/should invest a bit of your money into a total home purification system. It's not just your drinking water that can be an issue, but the water you shower in can be problematic too. A whole home water filter is your best bet. That way you can ensure all the water in your house is safe

Here's a great article by John Hinds at about home water purification systems:

Another thing you can do to save $$ on your water bills, is to use grey water (or gray water if you're Canadian) in your toilet and to water your lawn, etc. Rather than flushing perfectly good water down the drain, you can use recycled water to do the trick.

Here's an example of a Grey/Gray Water System from

Have wonderful weekend! I'm going back out in the sun after I get a bit more work done! Yay!

Happy Summer! :)


Barbara C. said...

Cassandra your link to Kleen Kanteen isn't working!!

Cassandra Forsythe said...

Thanks Barbara! It's fixed!

Matt S said...

LOL at the grey/gray. Yes!! Another Canadian!!

Great post.

Karen said...

Really am enjoying your blog, congratulations on everything you have accomplished at such a young age!

Just wanted to point out that it's spelled "steel", not "steal".

I have been using stainless steel to carry my filtered water in for years, it's great!

Cassandra Forsythe said...

Hi Karen!

Thank you! It's fixed! I'm a bad speller.... hahah :)

UofMWolverine81 said...


A few questions:

I realize that you're busy, but it would be great to get your thoughts on the following product for water filtration:

I'm curious if ionizing the water is indeed of special benefit or merely touted by the company. (it would be interesting to hear your take on their sauna, as well, but that's a story for some other time, I suppose)

Other than the durability difference, do you think glass would be superior to stainless steel for drinking bottles or ultimately no different?

Vitamix uses a polycarbonate pitcher on their blenders but claims these to be BPA free. Should using one of these present any issues in your estimation?

Thank you for the great and informative blog.

health advocate said...

This is a great product, Cassandra. Since the dangers of reusing plastic bottles have been exposed, many people have been looking for other ways to carry their drinking water around. Glass containers are not practical obviously. Toting a glass container around is not exactly convenient. Not only that, knowing that this steel water bottle is eco-friendly gives this product another thumbs up.
Thanks for sharing this!

Cassandra Forsythe said...

Hi UofM,

All the answers to your questions, are in the book: "What's in your water" by John Hinds. I highly recommend that book.

Thank you! :)

FOF Bottles said...

Hi Cassandra. Thank you for letting us take some time to tell you about a brand new Canadian Company.

We at The FOF Bottle Company are proud to offer our FOF bottles as a clean reusable alternative to the single use plastic bottles. FOF (pronounced how it’s spelled) is an acronym for “For Our Future … For Our Family … For Our Friends.”

All FOF bottles are made of high-quality, food grade #304 (18/8) stainless steel. It’s that simple; they’re completely BPA-free, won’t leach any scary chemicals or toxins and don’t require any type of special inside lining like some other bottles. All caps are made of food grade polypropylene which also are completely BPA-free. Our caps are also independently FDA certified to ensure absolutely no BPA (not too many companies go to that extreme).

All FOF bottles come in single-wall 550 ml or 750 ml capacity in either a brushed stainless or bright (mirror-like) polished finished. They are 100% recyclable, dishwasher friendly, eco-friendly and, quite simply, one of the classiest designs on the market today.

They’re designed with a large bottleneck opening for 2 reasons:
• to accommodate large ice cubes or smoothies, and
• for easy cleaning to prevent any type of bacteria build-up.
Small-mouth bottleneck designs can’t give you either of these.

FOF bottles are indeed an essential ingredient “For Our Future … For Our Family … For Our Friends”. Please visit us on-line at to learn more about the dangers of BPA and plastic or for more details on FOF Bottles. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

i am concerned about all stainless steel bottles being made in china

h2ofilters said...

The best way to save money (or grow your savings in baby steps) is the use of a reusable water bottle especially the stainless steel water bottle. This style is really picking up. In fact, the only stainless steel water bottle in the NYC online store is Kleen Kanteen.