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Choosing a reusable water bottle

How much money would you save if you switched to a reusable water bottle? The average American spends $266 on single-use, disposable water bottles every year. Over the course of a typical adulthood, or 65 years, that’s over $17,000.

In addition to saving money, when people switch to a reusable water bottle, they help divert plastic waste from the world’s oceans. Further, there’s no guarantee that bottled water is safer or better for human health. On the contrary, one scientific study found microplastics in 93 percent of the bottled water tested.

Because bottled water is expensive, creates plastic pollution and may not benefit human health, it’s time to talk about transitioning to a reusable water bottle. To help plan your purchase, consider these questions to select the best option for your lifestyle.

What size suits your needs?

The recommendation of eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day is a good one, but it’s important to factor personal habits into the equation. Reusable water bottles vary in size from 8-ounce minis to 64-ounce growlers. Many retail websites list 21 ounces as the standard size. (By comparison, a can of soda is 12 ounces, and a bottle of wine contains 25.4 ounces.) So, before you buy, how much water do you need in a day? Also, keeping in mind the weight of water, how much to you water do you want to carry around every day?

What material will work best for you?

Another factor in the weight of reusable water bottles is the material. For example, glass bottles tend to be the heaviest. Aluminum bottles are lighter, but some people feel that they give a metallic taste to the water. Also, do you want the water bottle to be insulated? If so, a stainless steel one may be the best purchase.

Once you decide on a great reusable bottle, fill it up with fresh, crisp water from the Coway Aquamega 100. The system filters water at the kitchen faucet, reducing the common contaminants in tap water by up to 99.9 percent. In contrast to bottled water, the Aquamega 100 is a one-time investment that produces an unlimited supply of refreshing water—without producing needless plastic waste.